Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt


Hardcover, 96 pages
Expected publication: August 25th 2015 by Tundra Books
Source: Publisher

 The title of this picturebook explains precisely what happens in the book: a bug gets trapped in a vacuum and goes through the five stages of grief which, as the book tells us, is also known as the “Kubler-Ross model, introduced in 1969.” This model defines the “series of emotions commonly experiences when facing a life-changing event.” In this case, getting trapped in a vacuum.
I really adored this picturebook. I loved the illustrations, I loved the bug, and I love how something so silly could be so profound. The bug goes through denial, bargaining, anger, despair, and finally acceptance inside the vacuum. His lone companion, and one who probably has no idea he is a companion, is a pet dog of the family who owns the vacuum. The dog’s reactions to each emotion is fun and splendidly simplistic and his whole narrative that occurs on the sidelines is very satisfying.
I can’t really talk much about this book; it’s something that you need to experience for yourself. This would be great for children who are going through a loss; it could be used as a way to alleviate the heavy feelings that accompany loss. This would also make a wonderful gift for people who are bereaved–not as something to trivialize their pain, of course not, but as something that will offer them some solace.
I know I haven’t said much about this book but honestly, just read it.