Back in 1998, Golden Books company released this value pack of four awesome A Bug's Life themed books— including a bonus "bug collector journal" and magnifying glass! I spotted this on eBay recently for a steal of a deal (mint in package) and thought it was a really fun throwback item. I couldn't resit! Though I didn't have this whole boxed set growing up, I did have at least one of the coloring books back in the day and have fond memories coloring in it (more on that below).
Let's open this up and check out everything included!
A Bug's Life Journal: Exploring the Life of a Bug
The first thing I want to take a look at is the aforementioned journal and magnifying glass. These two items are exclusive to this set and were never released individually. Kids can have fun studying bugs up close and personal with the magnifying glass and then report on their findings in the journal! Each page has a section for the name of the bug found, where the bug was found and a space for drawing said bug.
Fun AND educational! This would have been perfect for my "bug club" back in the day. ;)
Note- the rest of the books below were all released individually outside of this set as well.
A Bug's Life " a Golden Look-Look Book"
If you've been a follower of mine for a while now, you might know that I'm a collector (and fan) of all the Pixar related "Little Golden Books." I've mentioned numerous times that A Bug's Life is one of the only Pixar films that never got a proper "Little Golden Book" treatment (along with The Incredibles). This is still true, however, it does come close with this one below. While this is not officially designated a "Little Golden Book", it is both little AND a Golden Book. Its official classification is a "Golden Look-Look Book".
This is a soft cover 23 page storybook that covers the film's basic storyline with short paragraphs and loads of fantastic illustrations. A great one to have!
The next three coloring/activity books included here are all part of a six piece series! Each book below is filled with fun pages and features two bonus cut-out collector's cards on the back (which is my favorite part). Collect all six books for a total of 12 collector's cards!
A Bug's Life "Ant Power" Trace & Color Book
This one is a pretty straight forward "trace and color" book. Inside, each basic coloring page is layered with a sheet of tracing paper so that kids have the option of sketching out the outlines themselves! Great practice for little artists.
Also included for tracing are small A Bug's Life inspired punch out shapes.
A Bug's Life "King of the Anthill" Special Edition Coloring Book
This is the one I had growing up; so naturally having it again brings back so many memories! You can even see some of the pages I colored when I was a kid in my "childhood throwback" post HERE. It's fun to have a fresh new copy of this that I can now save for my future kids.
This book is filled with basic coloring pages featuring all your favorite A Bug's Life characters and many iconic scenes from the film. Some mazes, word scrambles and other activities are scattered throughout as well.
A Bug's Life "Against All Odds" Paint Box Book
Last but not least, here we have the "Against All Odds" paint box book with included paint palette and brush! This is a classic style paint/coloring book with double layer pages to help the water from bleeding through. Again, many characters and favorite scenes are featured here!
You'll notice that on the back of each activity book is a checklist for the six books in this series. The last three books that are NOT included with this set are "Bring on the Bugs!" (sticker book), "Really Stinky Bugs!" (scented sticker book) and "Small and Mighty" (coloring book). Knowing me, the chances are pretty high that I'm going to try and track down these so I can complete this collection. Plus I need all 12 of those collector's cards, am I right? Having half of them now just won't cut it. ;)
If you have a little one at home who enjoys A Bug's Life, this set/these coloring books might be a fun option to consider buying. Be sure to check out eBay HERE for current listings or Amazon using the link below.
Let me know your thoughts!