The Adventures of Hector Fuller chapter book series follows our bug hero—Hector Fuller the wumblebug—as he explores the natural world, meets all sorts of creatures, and learns about home, friendship, bravery, and sharing through the seasons of the year.
With short chapters and delightful illustrations by Pamela Levy, these stories “fill the gap” between first chapter books and first novels. The stories offer complexity and humor for older reluctant readers and ESL students. They are perfect for independent readers aged six to nine—and a pleasure to read aloud!
Each book contains approximately 70 pages in 14 or 15 short chapters, with one full-page black & white illustration per chapter. Flesch-Kincaid Reading Level: 2.6
PUBLISHED BY: Aladdin/Simon & Schuster
ILLUSTRATED BY: Pamela R. Levy
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HECTOR SPRINGS LOOSE
Fast fleas! Slow snails! Can a wumblebug live in a tree? The first story joins Hector in his search for a new home.
ISBN: 0-689-86414-0 (paperback)
ISBN: 0-689-86418-3 (library edition)
HECTOR FINDS A FORTUNE
What’s more important—a honey farm or your best friend? In a wild summer thunderstorm, Hector has to decide.
ISBN: 0-689-86415-9 (paperback)
ISBN: 0-689-86419-1 (library edition)
When the rains of autumn sweep away his home, Hector meets a hungry snapping turtle and sets sail on a lily pad.
ISBN: 0-689-86416-7 (paperback)
HECTOR ON THIN ICE
Where do bugs go in the winter? If you’re a wumblebug, you might hitch up the centipede and ride to Uncle Hector’s—whether he likes it or not!
ISBN: 0-689-86417-5 (paperback)
PUT ON A PLAY!
Click here for a script of Hector Springs Loose. Suitable for classroom production (approximately 21 speaking parts plus stagehands). Includes suggested props, costumes, stage directions, narrator text, and sound effects.
Hector is not a real bug…but that doesn’t stop students from drawing pictures of him when I visit their schools! Which is your favorite?
Do you love animals…including insects? When I wrote the Hector books, I learned that there are five million different kinds of insects, and they are important for pollinating the food we eat and “cleaning up” all the dead plants and animals on our earth. And did you know that…
- Flies can taste with their feet?
- A cricket hears with its legs?
- Ladybugs shoot poison out of their knees?
- A bee can load 300 times its own weight? (If you were that strong, you could pick up a 10-ton truck!)
Shreeve opens a Ready for Chapters series with this engaging tale of a bug forced into a horizon-expanding odyssey when his cozy burrow is taken over by a flea circus. Being a wumble-bug—“a home-loving creature you won’t find in any book, except for this one of course”—Hector is understandably miffed to be forced out of his digs. Stuffing a backpack with gum, a pocketknife, and other necessities, he departs, little suspecting the discomfort, not to mention outright danger, he’s about to face from a frantic mother hummingbird, a hungry bullfrog, and other residents of his bug-eat-bug world. The author keeps the tone light, though, tucking in tongue-in-cheek details—being six-legged, Hector can play a piano duet with himself—and bringing her wandering wumble-bug back, with mementos of his travels, to a home from which the fleas have departed as suddenly as they arrived. Levy’s sketchy, full-page scenes provide a bug’s-eye view of Hector, bumbling his way through one misadventure after another. Lighthearted, slightly challenging fare for easy reader graduates.
—Kirkus Reviews (Hector Springs Loose)
These books make a welcome addition to the world of chapter books, introducing Hector the wumblebug. With a pleasing Wind–in–the–Willows flavor, these two stories take Hector on simple but well–plotted adventures. The books have distinct characters, story patterns, and humor. A full-page illustration accompanies each chapter.
—Horn Book Guide (Hector Springs Loose and Hector Finds a Fortune)
Hector, an imaginary "wumblebug," is evicted from his cozy hole in the ground when a noisy flea circus moves in. He ventures out in search of a new home and meets up with a variety of small critters and small adventures. After experiencing mishaps while trying to sleep in a variety of places, he finally decides, "I'm no water bug. Not a tree bug either, come to think of it. I'm a wumblebug, and I'm going home." Shreeve does a good job of evoking the early spring setting without overwhelming young readers with too much description. Amusing full-page, black-and-white pencil sketches appear throughout. With short sentences and brief chapters, this story is well pitched to beginning chapter-book readers.
—School Library Journal (Hector Springs Loose)
In this second adventure, the six-legged, four-winged wumblebug finds his fortune in a surprising place-a special friendship. When Hector receives a letter from his Uncle Baxter urging him to travel upstream to work at his bee farm, he is reluctant to leave home. However, his friend Lance the lacewing coaxes him to make the journey, and the two set out. Along the way, they stop at a waterfall, and a mischievous raccoon throws a nutshell at Lance that knocks him into the water. Without a moment's hesitation, Hector plunges in to save his buddy. When the travelers finally reach the farm, Uncle Baxter refuses to welcome Lance into the family business, not wanting to share the profits. Then he chides Hector for searching for his friend after a thundering rainstorm. Feeling "his antennae get hot," Hector stands up to his uncle and sticks up for his pal. Throughout this enjoyable tale, Shreeve mixes lighthearted moments with suspense; her descriptive language flows smoothly and her characters come to life on the pages. Deft touches of humor are smoothly incorporated into the narrative, such as a scene in which Hector accidentally falls into some honey while investigating a hive. Using varying perspectives, the pencil illustrations further the story and show details of insect life. Fans will look forward to more adventures starring this down-to-earth bug.
—School Library Journal (Hector Finds a Fortune)
Our whole class loved the books! They were adventurous, fun, and scary all at the same time. I think all kids would love these books.
Kiera, age 8
Hector is one of the funniest kids’ books I ever read!
Will, age 9
Dear Ms. Shreeve,
Thank you for coming. I really enjoyed you reading the story. I learned that some beetles can swim. We finished reading Hector Springs Loose and my favorite part was the hummingbird. A possible new title is Hector Makes a New Friend. There is a picture of the front, title included.
Dear Ms. Shreeve,
Thank you for coming, the whole class enjoyed it, especially me! Your books are terrific. I can’t wait for the next two. Hector Fuller is an exciting wumblebug. You inspired me!