A hilarious story about one bug’s quest for greatness (with some cool insect facts mixed in!). Meet Burt, a ten-lined june beetle. He’s sure he has a superpower like other insects. No, he can’t carry 50 times his weight, like ants, or spray paralyzing venom, like some termites. Maybe Burt doesn’t have any special skills. But when some other bugs get into perilous trouble that even their superpowers can’t get them out of, Burt realizes there is one helpful thing only he can do…


Beginning readers are in for a treat with this silly offering, which immediately brings to mind Elise Gravel's Disgusting Critters series.

- Booklist

As with Doreen Cronin's “Diary” books and Elise Gravel's “Disgusting Critters” series, most young readers will have no trouble digesting the facts while also enjoying the humor and the story.

- School Library Journal

He's plucky (as long as something isn't too scary), chatty, earnest, and worthy of joining Claire Belton's Pusheen, Ben Clanton's Narwhal, and Elise Gravel's Disgusting Critters in the canon of cuteness with genuine appeal for all ages.—Quill & Quire

This adorable story of finding one's gifts and accepting them for what makes one special is a winner, one with a indefatigably cheerful and likeable protagonist.

- CM Magazine

Funny and informative.

- Horn Book

... Burt the Beetle Doesn't Bite!, by B.C. author and illustrator Ashley Spires, debuts on the Children and Young Adult list at No. 2, a real publishing accomplishment on a list dominated by American kidlit franchises.—Toronto Star

[A] playful but informative gander at the natural world.—Kirkus Reviews

- Kirkus Reviews