THE GENTLEMAN BUG by Julian Hector


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Age Range: 6 - 8
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Hector follows up Little Matador (2008) with another simply told take on the value of staying true to oneself. Outfitting an all-insect cast in frilly gowns, top hats and like dress from centuries past, he creates a comfy setting for his tale of a smitten teacher—(almost) literally and figuratively a bookworm—who exchanges his casual dress for more formal clothing in an effort to be noticed by a newly arrived Lady Bug. Disaster ensues, and the Gentleman Bug flees home in massive embarrassment. As it turns out, he needn’t have bothered with a makeover, because shortly thereafter the town’s new library opens and its librarian is none other than… guess who? The two bond instantly over their shared love of reading and are last seen sitting together with bookish intimacy on a picnic blanket spread beneath nodding garden flowers. The author relies a little too heavily on details in the pictures to fill out his sketchy text, but he artfully uses subdued colors, elegant lines and generous quantities of space to lend low-key grace to each scene. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: April 6th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4169-9467-1
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2010


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