The Bugs Collection

Told with enduring and lovable characters made with hand embroidered illustrations, these simple, fun stories teach young children about difference and tolerance.

Beatrice Alemagna


Price: USD$51.80 USD$35.95

This collection includes:

Bugs in a Blanket

The bugs who live in the blanket on the old bed at the end of the garden are meeting each other for the first time. Little Fat Bug has invited everyone to his birthday party.

Bugs in the Garden

What happens when the bugs venture out into the big, wide garden to find some new friends? This sturdy picture book introduces children to lovable bugs who learn how to accept creatures they are initially afraid of.

The Bug Next Door

Little boy bugs and little girl bugs are so completely different, they just can’t get along ... can they? See what happens when Little Speckled Bug meets a mysterious new neighbour bug who has a strange but happy effect on him.

Bugs at Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching in the blanket where the little bugs live. They have all met up to plan the Christmas Eve celebrations. But each of them has his own idea of what is be the right way to celebrate Christmas: for Little Fat Bug, only food matters while in Little Yellow Bug’s family, everyone gather to sing songs. But our little friends will soon find out that there isn’t only one way to celebrate Christmas and that the most important of all is to be with the people you love.


Format: Hardback (4 books)
Size: 175 x 220 mm (6 7/8 x 8 5/8 in)
Pages: 38 pp
Illustrations: 16 illustrations

Born in 1973, Beatrice Alemagna made her first picture book at the age of eight and has since published over 20 books with leading international publishers. Her techniques of illustration vary depending on the story of each book, but range from the use of pencil and paint to collage and embroidery. A consummate storyteller, her intimate and imaginative books are completely intertwined works where the words and the pictures meld seamlessly and become one.

On Bugs in a Blanket:

"Innovative … you will not have seen anything like it. Quirky, but undeniably cute."— The Children's Bookseller

"A joyous book... Children will love being taken into the magical minute world of insect infested textiles. The characters are beautifully expressive and fun."—Association of Illustrators online

On The Bug Next Door:

"Three cheers for Phaidon... Perhaps even more charming than its predecessors... Inventive... A totally believable world of little characters... The Bug Next Door explores friendship, gender and attraction in a beautifully understated, very human way."—Books for Keeps

Told with enduring and lovable characters made with hand embroidered illustrations, these simple, fun stories teach young children about difference and tolerance.

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