The Bug Next Door Beatrice Alemagna

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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

Written and illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna, whose charming style of texture, appliqué and collage has never before been used in children’s books.

A simple narrative with lovable characters that celebrates the differences and similarities between girls and boys. Specifications:

  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 175 x 220 mm (6 7/8 x 8 5/8 in)
  • Pages: 40 pp
  • Illustrations: 16 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714863566

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. The Bug Next Door is one in a series of books by Beatrice Alemagna about the adventures of the little bugs. The other books include Bugs in a Blanket (June 2009) and Bugs in the Garden (August 2011).

"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

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