There's a Bug in My Ear!

(And Other Sayings That Just Aren't True)

Understanding Idioms
  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Is there a bug in your ear? What does that mean exactly? Learn the meaning and origin of this unusual phrase and many more in this engaging, informative book. Colorful, humorous illustrations and clear examples help readers better understand idioms and how to use them. Additional features include a table of contents, a glossary, critical-thinking questions, sources for further research, an introduction to the author and illustrator, and an index.

Wonder Books
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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Fiction
Category Language Arts
Copyright 2023
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Imprint Wonder Books
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2023-01-01
BISACS JNF029000, JNF052030, JNF016000
Dewey 428.1
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 9.5
Lexile 580
Guided Reading Level S
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Glossary of key words, Index, Phonetics, Reviewed, Sources for further research, Suggested websites, and Table of contents
Online Resources

  • Ants in your pants
  • At the end of my rope
  • Bee in your bonnet
  • Bug in your ear
  • Cut to the chase
  • Feather your own nest
  • A fly in the ointment
  • Get up on the wrong side of the bed
  • Green with envy
  • Keep your chin up
  • Loaded for bear
  • Many happy returns
  • Mums the word!
  • Nose out of joint
  • On the tip of your tongue
  • Out of touch
  • Pass with flying colors
  • The pot calling the kettle black
  • Rings a bell
  • Sitting in the catbird seat
  • Take it with a grain of salt
  • Tip of the iceberg
  • Under the weather
  • Where theres smoke theres fire
  • Glossary
  • Wonder More
  • Find Out More
  • Index
Author: Cynthia Amoroso

Cynthia Amoroso holds undergraduate degrees in English and elementary education, and graduate degrees in curriculum and instruction as well as educational administration. Cynthia's past roles include teacher, assistant principal, district reading coordinator, director of curriculum and instruction, and curriculum consultant. She has extensive experience in reading, literacy, curriculum development, professional development, and continuous improvement processes. Cynthia enjoys reading, writing, gardening, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Illustrator: Mernie Gallagher-Cole

Mernie Gallagher-Cole is a children's book illustrator living in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She loves drawing every day. Her illustrations can also be found on greeting cards, puzzles, e-books, and educational apps.


A noteworthy review of Understanding Idioms from School Library Journal on April 1, 2023

Out like a light. Play it by ear. Off the hook. Who isn’t curious where these ­silly sayings come from? This extensive series demystifies just about every idiom a young reader can think of. Each phrase is used in a paragraph and given a definition followed by its origin story.… View →

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