Little Bug Red sits on top of the leaf. Little Bug Blue sits below. Red is in sunshine, Blue is in shade. Blue laments his shady life so Red invites him to come on up to the top of the leaf and enjoy the view.
Peeking nervously through a little hole in the leaf, Blue isn't so sure. He asks Red if he will come down to the dark side and tell him all about the bright side.
But Red isn't interested. He's hungry, so begins munching on their leaf. Blue, of course, keeps whining about his lot and how much he'd love to sit in the sun. Red offers him a ladder to climb on up. But of course, Blue doesn't do it. He might fall and hit his head. Of course. (I was torn between laughter and groaning whilst reading this book - mainly because Blue Bug reminds me of a few people I know!)
Red doesn't seem phased. He keeps on eating the leaf while Blue keeps on moaning, until he doesn't have - er - a leaf to stand on.
Clever, insightful, delightfully subtle on the morals - something both kids and adults warmly appreciate - this book is so charmingly illustrated, it hurts your eyes. I simply adore its holey, chewed-upon and leaf-shaped pages, its beautiful colouring and the luscious paper used for its pages.
Buggishly brilliant. Next please, Sommersets!
Title: Two Little Bugs
Author/Illustrator: Mark and Rowan Sommerset
Publisher: HarperCollins, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 February 2013
For ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture Book