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A 2012 New York Times Best Illustrated Book

"This simple yet powerful life-or-death drama between the boy and the beetle is vividly captured in Carrer’s striking, highly original acrylic, ink pencil, oil pastel and collage illustrations. Using naive outlines, Expressionistic color washes, open spaces and constantly changing perspectives, she creates tension between the aggressive boy and the passive beetle." —Kirkus, starred review


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"The imagery in both words and pictures is often richly original . . . A lovely book to share, reflect upon and linger over.” — Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Jorge Luján is an author, poet, musician, and architect who has a gift for finding the very best illustrators from all over the world and collaborating with them to create exceptional children’s books. His very accessible poetry for children can be found in Con el sol en los ojos / With the Sun in My Eyes, illustrated by Morteza Zahedi, Doggy Slippers, illustrated by Isol, Colors! ¡Colores!, illustrated by Piet Grobler, and Rooster/Gallo, illustrated by Manuel Monroy. He has also written an ambitious retelling in verse of the myths in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Brunhilda and the Ring, illustrated by Linda Wolfsgruber. Luján has garnered many excellent reviews and awards for his work, including the Premio de Poesía para Niños de ALIJA (IBBY Argentina). His music for children can be found at www.myspace.com/jorgelujaninfantil and his website at www.jorgelujan.com. Born in Argentina, he now lives in Mexico City.

Chiara Carrer is one of Italy’s best-known children’s book illustrators. She has been creating children’s books for more than twenty years, with more than one hundred titles to her credit. Carrer has won many major awards, including the UNICEF Prize, the Austrian Kinder und Jugendbuchpreis, the BolognaRagazzi New Horizons (Special Mention) and the Golden Apple at the Biennial of Illustration, Bratislava. She also teaches art and has exhibited her work in Europe, Japan, and Brazil. She lives in Rome.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554981921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554981922
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura O on April 28, 2013
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This book really captivated my 2 year old, so much that we purchased it. It has a nice message too for bug killing kids to think about.
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A thought-provoking take on an everyday event. A little boy notices a beetle, and is just about to squash it, when he decides to slow down and watch where the beetle is going instead. What a great way to open a discussion about mindfulness of nature and the creatures in it!

The foreign language translation works beautifully - the text flows very well. Scratchy collage illustrations featuring acrylic, ink, pencil, oil pastel set a somewhat serious tone. This is a contender for the Batchelder award for sure.
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The pictures are wonderful, the close up of the beetle intriguing and a little menacing even though it's a tiny bug. My 5 year old grandchild loved it as did my grown daughter and son. A really wonderful book for the little scientist in all of us. It helps bridge the gap between the lives of small creatures and our own. Delightful illustrations and story.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Vivio on December 20, 2012
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I bought this book for my little granddaughter as a Christmas gift because The New York Times named it one of the best illustrated picture books of the year, but I'm thinking about returning it. I think the illustrations are confusing. What are those big lumpy things in his yard? Boulders? Also Stephen is a very odd looking little boy. At the end of the book, "The beetle dropped down on all four feet..." A beetle is an insect, of course, and has six feet.

I gave the book two stars because it encourages children to look at bugs and to be curious about them. Stephen plans to kill the beetle with his shoe but changes his mind and follows it across his yard. He gets down very close to the beetle and notices how much it looks like a triceratops.
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By ebabe on January 18, 2013
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story seems to lack something is the translation. it's a little disjointed. illustrations are not good...can be confusing. good theme, though.
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