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]Also, Japanese children reading Gus aloud!

A checkbook holder made from part of Gus:

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In which John vlogs on a plane and on the ground about the children's book "Gus Is a Bug," which he hopes nerdfighteria can revive and reinvent. I know nothing else about the book, nerdfighters, so good luck!


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Good morning Hank, I'm on a plane.

No I'm not, I'm on the ground No, I'm on a plane. No, I'm on the ground. See what I did there?

So Hank, I'm on my way home from the wedding of my friends Thomas and Rebecca which was in New Orleans, and I don't know if you've ever been to a New Orleans wedding but - whoo. But Hank, I am not here to talk about the fact that I slept for eighty six minutes last night, I'm here to talk about children's books. So Hank, I don't know if you remember this, but when I was a little kid, my favorite book in the entire world was called "Gus Is A Bug." It was about this caterpillar, named Gus, who was a bug.

And in retrospect "Gus Is A Bug" was just trying to teach me that like, the letter "U" can be associated with the sound "uh." But at the time I thought it was like the greatest accomplishment in the history of literature. In fact, a couple years later when I read Eric Carl's classic, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," I remember thinking to myself, "This is good, but it's no "Gus Is A Bug!"" Now Hank, people like to think that books are a path to authorial immortality, that like, if you write a book, that means that like, your name and story will live on forever. But the truth is the vast majority of books, even great ones like "Gus Is A Bug" eventually go out of print and become entirely forgotten.

And in fact, Hank, despite extensive searching, I have been unable to locate a single copy of "Gus Is A Bug" anywhere in the world. I would almost think that I made up the greatness of "Gus Is A Bug" except some teacher reprinted the text of it on the internet. So I know the text of "Gus Is A Bug" - which, by the way, is brilliant - I just don't know who wrote it, or what the pictures look like.

And so Hank, today, I am challenging the Nerdfighters. Nerdfighters, if you find me a copy of "Gus Is A Bug" or the author of "Gus Is A Bug," you can punish me in whatever way you see fit. Also, even if we don't find a copy of "Gus Is A Bug," I think we should make one!

We know the text, we just need the pictures. So Nerdfighters, if you don't want to get in on the project of finding a copy of "Gus Is A Bug," you can get in on the project of making "Gus Is A Bug." All you need to do is draw one or more pictures based on the text I am about to read you, and then upload your pictures to the Ning - link in the sidebar - and then I will be able to reconstitute this amazing experience from my childhood. Okay Hank, without further ado, I am going to share with you the amazing story of a young caterpillar named Gus, and his stunning transformation into a butterfly.

Gus has fuzz. Gus runs, and runs, and runs. Gus has fun in the mud.

Gus nips a bud. Yum yum! Gus rubs his fuzz.

He rubs and rubs. Gus has a nap. Gus naps and naps.

Gus is up! Gus tugs and tugs. *gasp* It is Gus! Gus has no fuzz. - God I just love that revelatory moment at the end -no fuzz!

The people in the airport think that I'm crazy. The people in the airport think that I'm crazy. So Nerdfighters, there is your text for illustrating and good luck tracking down a copy of the book.

Hank, you'll see me on Tuesday. Oh, and Nerdfighters, please leave me questions and comments, I'm gonna do a question Tuesday on Tuesday.