Bug on the Rug by Sophia Gholz and Susan Batori

Happy Monday! Sophia Gholz stopped by to share Bug on the Rug's adorable book trailer and to finish my sentences. I wrote the words in purple, and she wrote the words in black. Thank you, Sophia!   

Bug on the Rug’s book trailer introduces us to Pug, Bug, and one cozy rug. I was over-the-moon when I saw the trailer for the first time. It perfectly captures the essence of these quirky characters and the conflict at hand. I can’t wait for everyone to meet this motley crew in print. Here’s a secret: readers are in for more than one surprise!

Susan Batori’s illustrations are brilliant. I had full belly laughs when I viewed Susan’s initial sketches. As a picture book author, I usually visualize how I think a story might look as I’m writing it. Susan, however, completely surprised me in the most delightful way with her take on everything! She didn’t just nail the hilarity and personality of the characters, but she took it five steps further in every sense. Her art is colorful, lively, and fun. Susan nailed the heart of this story and then added so much to it.

Pugs are a special breed of animal. How can one not smile when they see a pug? Pugs are adorable, silly, and such characters!

On April 15, 2022, Bug on the Rug will be available in stores and libraries everywhere. Hooray! But if you’d like to support a super cool indie bookstore, you can preorder signed copies through Tombolo Books now

Picture books are magic. Seriously. A great picture book will capture the mind and heart of any reader young or old. I write books because of the love I developed for them as a little kid. That early introduction to reading changed me and I grew into a “forever reader” because of it. Books became an escape, adventure, and friend at pinnacle life moments, and it all began with bedtime books and story times. I believe strongly in the power of picture books. They are magic that should be shared with everyone.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me about the inspiration for Bug on the Rug. While there isn’t a particular pug that inspired this story, there is a bug! Bug is the nickname I call my little brother. I’m also lucky to be able to call him one of my best friends. That is, of course, when we aren’t arguing over things like a great rug. ;)

Thank you, Sophia! 

Sophia Gholz is a children's book writer, music lover, avid reader, and the award-winning author of The Boy Who Grew a Forest. She lives in Orlando, Florida.

Susan Batori's books include Don't Call Me Fuzzybutt! and Letters from Space. She worked in advertising before switching to children's book illustration. Susan lives in Budapest, Hungary.

Look for Bug on a Rug on April 15, 2022.

Pug is snug on his rug. But what happens when along comes BUG?! With a claim to the rug?! The two engage in a hysterical, rhyming battle of wits and strength until Slug asks the necessary questions and helps them find common ground. Rhyming is an important developmental reading skill. It teaches phonics (decodable text) and helps young readers infer content. This is a fun story to build those skills--and is an epic read aloud!


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