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The Gentleman Bug

A book by Julian Hector

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A slight yet charming book

  • Jun 17, 2010
A gentleman bug (a male ladybug, apparently), a reading teacher, tries to impress a ladybug with some snazzy clothes and a flashy set of wheels, but she spurns him until they discover their mutual love of books, at which point they decide to hang out together.

The story is a bit weak. There is no explanation of why the ladybug spurned the gentleman bug (they appear to be the only members of their species in the story) or why he took this to mean that he needed to change his self-presentation. He has been teased early in the story in an unspecified way, possibly related to his fondness for reading, but there's no attempt to connect this event with later actions.

Still, I'm willing to believe that insects have rudimentary emotional lives. The pictures are charming, with soft colors and wonderful details -- the picture in which the gentleman bug and his students plan his strategy with charts and models is splendid.The very mysteriousness of the story could give you lots to talk about when you read this book to your favorite child. And you have to like the celebration of bookish love.

The endpapers of this book have maps on them, which encourages me to hope that the author has planned more books set in The Garden.

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review by . August 19, 2010
The Gentleman Bug is a super cute story with adorable illustrations. Sure to be a favorite of boys and girls alike.
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PreSchool-Grade 2—Populated by a variety of grasshoppers, wasps, bees, and other bugs in Edwardian-style clothing, a British-looking village provides the setting for Hector's odd love tale. The Gentleman Bug, described as a bookworm and dressed in what appears to be scout attire, finds that his life takes a new turn with the arrival of Lady Bug. Determined to attract her attention, he changes his style, turning himself into a dapper fellow sporting striped pants, vest, cravat, and top hat. Lady Bug is not impressed. Then Gentleman Bug gets invited to the opening of the new library, where he meets the librarian (aka Lady Bug) and the two read happily together ever after. This slight but sweet story has a diverse insect cast, pleasing colors and detail, and a bookish theme.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
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ISBN-10: 141699467X
ISBN-13: 978-1416994671
Author: Julian Hector
Publisher: Atheneum

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