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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

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The Caldecott Medal WinnerWhy Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, a West African Tale, is an astonishingly beautiful and imaginatively illustrated picture book and has remained a steadily popular book for parents and children since its first release in 1975. Still in high demand today, this is one of those books everyone should have in their home library. 

Mosquito tells Iguana a tall tale that sets off a chain reaction that ends in jungle disaster. Iguana is so upset at being told such nonsense that he plugs his ears. So, of course, when Python says good morning, Iguana doesn't hear and ignores him altogether. Python suspects Iguana is plotting mischief against him, so he hides in a rabbit hole - which terrifies Rabbit. And so this amusing African legend goes, until finally the chain of mishaps reaches Mother Owl, who reacts by refusing to hoot and wake the sun.


  • Caldecott Medal Winner 
  • Brooklyn Art Books for Children Award 



  • Written by Verna Aardema and illustrated by Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon. 
  • Published by Puffin Books, August 15, 1992.
  • Ages 5 to 8 years
  • 0.1” x 10.3” x 8.3” (0.3 lb) 32 pages
  • Softcover