Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Gentleman Bug by Julian Hector

In a garden full of flowers is a bustling town of bugs. Among them is the Gentleman Bug, who loves to read and teaches the children. He doesn't mind the other bugs' scorn of his literary pursuits, until a charming Lady Bug appears. The Gentleman Bug falls hopelessly in love and sets out to change himself so he can be popular and win her love...only to discover they have more in common than he thought.

This simple story of bibliophiles and the meeting of true minds is charmingly illustrated with a wealth of color and taste. There are no elaborate details, but rather a simple representation of a miniature world. Children will love the many fanciful bugs and their adapted costumes and be pleased by the triumph of the underbug.

Verdict: A charming story, although perhaps a little bland.

ISBN: 978-1416994671; Published April 2010 by Atheneum; Borrowed from the library

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