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The Bug Next Door - Beatrice Alemagna

Novelty Book Published: 30th April 2012
ISBN: 9780714863566
Number Of Pages: 40
For Ages: 2 - 4 years old

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When the little multicoloured bug stays at home because he feels a bit sick, a mysterious new neighbour comes knocking at his door. Who is she and why does she look so different to him? As they talk about what to eat and what games to play, they discover that they can't agree on anything: they like very different things. But why, then, does the little neighbour bug make the multicoloured bug feel so happy? When his friends return home and discover the multicoloured bug smiling stupidly, they decide he must be very sick indeed.

Told with enduring and lovable characters, this story teaches young children about difference, tolerance and identity. Alemagna approaches these themes in a manner that is simple and fun, using repetitive language to make the story both comical and accessible for pre-school children.

This book is also unique for its stunning visual style - Beatrice invented a whole new technique of illustration specifically for these books. She experimented and searched until she found a technique that would effectively evoke the 'hairiness' and the warmth of the little bugs using a felted wool technique and an amalgam of applique, fabrics and stitching. This creates a surprisingly cosy and texture-rich world that reminds one of wool of an old blanket.

About the Author

Beatrice Alemagna made her first picture book at the age of eight and has since published over 20 books with leading international publishers. Her techniques of illustration vary depending on the story of each book, but range from the use of pencil and paint to collage and embroidery. A consummate storyteller, her intimate and imaginative books are completely intertwined works where the words and the pictures meld seamlessly and become one. The Bug Next Door is one in a series of books by Beatrice Alemagna about the adventures of the little bugs. The other books include Bugs in a Blanket (June 2009) and Bugs in the Garden (August 2011).

Industry Reviews

'three cheers for Phaidon ...perhaps even more charming than its predecessors. ... inventive ... a totally believable world of little characters...The Bug Next Door explores friendship, gender and attraction in a beautifully understated, very human way.' -- Books for Keeps

ISBN: 9780714863566
ISBN-10: 0714863564
Audience: Children
For Ages: 2 - 4 years old
For Grades: PS
Format: Novelty Book
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 30th April 2012
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.5 x 17.5  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 22.1
Edition Number: 1

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Beatrice Alemagna

About the Author


Born in 1973, Beatrice Alemagna made her first picture book at the age of eight and has since published over 20 books with leading international publishers. Her techniques of illustration vary depending on the story of each book, but range from the use of pencil and paint to collage and embroidery. A consummate storyteller, her intimate and imaginative books are completely intertwined works where the words and the pictures meld seamlessly and become one.

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