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Sunday 9 December 2012

Review: Mr Ladybug

Our little Ladybug isn't happy. He doesn't like being called a LADYbug. He is NOT a lady, thankyouverymuch.

Of course, Mrs Ladybug is more than happy with her name. She likes being called a lady.

But not our male Ladybug, no no. He dislikes it so much, he changes his name to Mr Bug. But he soon realises there are a heck of a lot of bugs called 'Bug'.

Would he rather stand out with an unusual name or blend into the masses?

This is a basic, sweet, slightly moralistic tale about names and how they don't really define us. Author/illustrator Yoram Benz says the tale was inspired by his own unusual name and how he grew to accept and love it.

The strengths of Mr Ladybug are absolutely in the stunning illustrations. Bold, striking, retro in appearance, they would make for some truly special wall art. The typesetting is also gorgeous.

I would love to see this book in larger format hardcover, with a stronger narrative. I truly hope Mr Benz, of the totally cool name, is pursuing children's book publishers with his artwork. It's divine.

The book can be purchased from the publisher (link below) or on Amazon.

Title: Mr Ladybug
Author/Illustrator: Yoram Benz
Publisher: One-Eyed Robot, US$12.95 RRP
Publication Date:  24 November 2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781467926522
For ages: 2 - 8
Type: Picture Book