The Gentleman Bug (Hardcover)

By Julian Hector, Julian Hector (Illustrator)

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9781416994671, 40pp.

Publication Date: April 6, 2010



The Gentleman Bug is perfectly content leading his quiet life in the garden as a school teacher and bookworm. He doesn't even mind the ceaseless teasing of the more dapper bugs. But everything changes when the Lady Bug arrives in town. The Gentleman Bug falls legs over antennae for her at first sight. But how will he get her to notice him?

After a series of mishaps and a failed Victorian makeover, the Gentleman Bug learns that love (and a love of literature) trumps all, as he wins his fair Librarian Lady Bug's heart.

Praise For The Gentleman Bug

“Subdued colors, elegant lines and generous quantities of space to lend low-key grace to each scene.” --Kirkus Reviews

“Hector’s crisp, utterly charming watercolor-and-colored-pencil illustrations have a classic, timeless feel.” --Booklist

“The combination of an elaborately imagined community and a pared-down plot and text makes this a fine choice for the very young.” --Publishers Weekly

“[Hector’s] charmingly simple story will delight young insect lovers, and its bibliophilic ending is perfect.” –Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review