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Monday 11 June 2012

Review: The Bug Next Door

We first reviewed a Beatrice Alemagna book in July 2012 - Bugs in a Blanket - and Alemagna has gone on to release Bugs in the Garden and now The Bug Next Door.

Featuring a cast of buggy characters, these gorgeous books showcase Alemagna's beautiful felted work, which make up the illustrations for each book. This talented author/artist searched for and experimented with several different mediums in order to perfectly illustrate her 'hairiness' and warmth of her cast of characters.

In The Bug Next Door, Little Speckled Bug is in bed with a - er - bug. He's not at all well. Suddenly there's a knock on the door. It's a new (and quite ravishing) neighbour. Putting his quickly illness aside, Little Speckled Bug invites her in - but their playdate doesn't go according to plan.

Everything Speckled Little Bug likes, his new friend doesn't. And vice versa. Yet, can these opposing forces really stop two little bugs from falling for each other?

With a gentle moral about how being different is a wonderful thing, Alemagna has created another sweet story, with lovable characters and delectable visual punch. Artsy, cool and bugalicious.

Title: The Bug Next Door
Author/Illustrator: Beatrice Alemagna
Publisher: Phaidon, $14.95 RRP
Publication Date: 26 March 2012
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9780714863566
For ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book