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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Bugs in the Garden
by Beatrice Alemagna
Age Range: Under_5
Following on from Bugs in a Blanket, French author and illustrator Beatrice Alemagna has created another quirky story about the little bugs who live in an old woollen blanket on a bed at the bottom of the garden. All the bugs have become friends since Little Fat Bug had a birthday party. They now meet regularly in the middle of the blanket to play ‘leap bug’.
Little Fat Bug is a little irritable and decides he wants to meet some new friends as the little bugs are beginning to get on his nerves. The other little bugs agree – “Yes! We’re all getting on each other’s nerves”, so they nibble a path through the blanket until they fall into the middle of the garden.
Here they enjoy the beauty of the garden until they encounter some other very strange bug-like creatures – an ant, a bee and worst of all, a louse which sends them scuttling back to the comfort of the middle of their blanket, much to Little Fat Bug’s fury.
The little bugs finally realise that they will never make new friends if they run away every time they encounter a new face – “just as in the rest of the world, you’ll never be able to find new friends if you’re not brave enough to get to know them”.
The use of repetitive language makes the story both comical and direct for young children. As with Bugs in the Blanket it is unique for its stunning visual style of wool embroidery and collage.