Why I Don’t Squish Bugs Anymore (Book Review)

  • Title: Why I Don’t Squish Bugs Anymore
  • Author: Kaden Olson
  • Illustrator: Laura Olson
  • On-Sale Now
  • Synopsis: This little book tells the story of a missionary who learns not to squash bugs!
  • Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Written for little children children, this seems to be the youngest book I’ve reviewed, in terms of audience. I requested the title after coming across it on Facebook, because the title and premise grabbed my attention.

The book explores the importance of taking care of God’s creatures— even tiny little bugs!

I think this is an important for Christians, in general— one that we so often overlook. After all, God told Adam and Eve to rule over Creation! And for little children, specifically, it is important to learn how to be good stewards (which does not include squashing innocent little bugs).

Scripture Connection

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Gen. 1:28


The sweet little story teaches, not only that we should take care of tiny creatures, but also about God’s love. In this way, the message is pro-life, as well as one of responsible stewardship.


Overall, language is very simple. One new vocabulary word is “cherish,” used to describe God’s feeling toward us and Creation.


Illustrations are by Laura Olson, so this is probably a husband-wife (or possibly sibling) duo. The graphics are colorful and sweet, including “bug-eyed” (in the truest sense of the word) insects and soothing color-choices.


This is an LDS title by a Mormon missionary. I requested the title because of the book’s truthful message, although I’m not LDS. Illustrations depict a Mormon missionary in the traditional outfit.

Published by Stephaniesninthsuitcase

Hi, there! My name is Stephanie and I’m a Fresno, CA native. After studying at Biola University, I received my MLIS (Masters in Library Science) from San Jose State University. I live with my mom, poet Kimberly Vargas Agnese, and serve as her unofficial agent. We reside at MeadowArc, a food forest in its infancy. I am called to, and passionate about, purity. In fact, the name Agnes means “pure.” Before I was born, my mom felt led to include the name Agnes in her name, and in the names of her children. My full, hyphenated name includes 26 letters (but not the whole alphabet).

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