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Book Overview

FACT: Kids get hurt-bad sometimes!

Besides band-aids and hugs what do we really do to prevent re-occurring pain from

a similar incident to our young ones…


Bud, Bug and Pops welcomes you to our first journey of the”Kids Safety Squad Series”.

Meet the Author

Tony Jaksa Sr. spent the last 28 years writing and implementing safety programs and processes. During that time, he participated in nearly 400 incident investigations, 325 of those involved an injury…Read More

BST Recognizes Tony Jaksa for His Work in Children’s Safety


Andy & Meghan Von Arx
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We were fortunate to read Bug in the Eyes by Tony to our three children. They enjoyed the book, and recalled parts of the story in the days after. The story taught our children about safety for themselves and those around them. It was fun to see family incorporated as his characters. I would recommend this book to children and look forward to reading more in the future by Tony.

Timothy M. Case
Minnesota Power Project Manager

I found the book “Bug in the Eyes” engaging. I thought it was easily understood and conveyed a very important safety message. I served on the local Duluth Safe Kids team a few years ago and realize the importance of educating/enlightening the public and children in our communities about safety. We need to capture and share safety messages like these with children. I am a strong believer in the values our children learn when they are young will carry over into their adult lives. This book is a good step of teaching safety to our children which will help instill “safety values” that will carry them through out their life. I look forward to reading it with my Grandchildren the next time we get together and strongly recommend it to others.

I’m happy to provide further information if required.

Yours faithfully,
Timothy M. Case
Minnesota Power Project Manager

Dee Dee

Really good book, makes me want to chuckle but also gets the point across in a way that I think kids will understand.

I can see someone reading this to younger kids too.

Will you autograph our copy? Oh, I guess I should ask if you want this back first.

P.S. My co-workers also really like the book.

Blueink Review

In Bug, in the Eyes!, author Tony Jaksa, Sr. presents a children’s picture book about childhood safety. Co-authored with his grandchildren, the book is the first in his “Kids get hurt book series.”

The book tells a true-life story about Jaksa and his grandchildren: Bug and her older brother Bud, who call Jaksa “Pops.” One day, in Pops’ backyard, Bug rides her “hot wheels” while Bud uses a hose to fill up a bucket of water for Pops. As Bug races toward Bud on her tricycle, he blasts her in the face with the hose. She recoils and wipes her eyes, and Pops sternly reprimands Bud, who issues an apology. Pops then directs Bug to his “Safety Shed,” where he provides her with safety goggles. “Can I have a pair for Buddy, too?” she asks. Eyes protected, the two happily resume their water fight. At book’s end, Bug and Bud reinforce the story’s message: “We learned about protecting our eyes today…Goodbye everyone! Learn
to be safe!”

The story’s strength lies in its simplicity; children will appreciate the perfectly captured snapshot of an innocent but incautious moment of play, and the story could provide a springboard for parent-child discussions on safety precautions. Still, one wonders why the author didn’t choose an event that illustrates a more common safety infraction, such as crossing the street, running with shoes untied, etc. And the story fails to recognize that getting blasted in the face while riding a tricycle—with or
without goggles— could easily result in a child losing control and getting hurt. The illustrations also pose a problem. While appealingly quirky, their quality is uneven, with Bud’s appearance and the size of the tricycle changing from page to page.

Despite such flaws, readers will find Bug, Bud and Pops likable, and a picture book series on safety makes good sense. Next time out, one hopes the author will choose a more common safety scenario, along with adding some polish to the final presentation.