Spray, the Bug

The Importance of Commas

by Joyce Shui Illustrated by James Smith



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/30/2023

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 28
ISBN : 9781665752183
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 28
ISBN : 9781665752190

About the Book

Well-loved and well-adjusted, Spray, the Bug, is headed off to kindergarten. His first day of kindergarten is filled with unexpected challenges as he and his new friends, with a wide range of names and backgrounds, navigate misunderstandings that arise because of Spray’s name and a developing understanding of grammar. In this humorous and delightful book that will amuse kids and adults, the students band together to protect Spray while learning and later successfully teaching each about the importance of commas. Stay tuned for the surprising ending which heralds a sequel.

About the Author

“Spray, the Bug” was a family collaboration. One of the author’s children came up with the inspiration, and another drew the illustrations (using thumbs on a phone app!). The author, Joyce Shui, earned her degrees from Harvard and New York University and is a business owner, technology attorney, and compliance manager. She is a fierce advocate for racial equity and is a lover of words and grammar. Joyce loves kids, music, language learning, travel, and food and is not afraid of bugs. She writes children’s stories in between a full-time job, taking care of kids, providing volunteer service to the community, and playing the ukulele.