Last year Mark and Rowan Sommerset brought us the hilarious Baa Baa Smart Sheep, which went on to win the Children’s Choice Award at the 2011 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. Their latest creation, Two Little Bugs, is sure to be another hit with children.
As the title suggests, the story is about two little bugs, Little Bug Red who lives underneath the leaf and Little Bug Blue who lives on top of the leaf. They try to convince each other that life is better on their side of the leaf, but neither is willing to try something different. Little Bug Red decides to start eating the leaf bit by bit, and so each page gets smaller and smaller, until there is no leaf left, just a stalk. They discover that the end of their leafy home is just the beginning of a new adventure.
While Two Little Bugs doesn’t pack the same humorous punch as Baa Baa Smart Sheep, it’s a fun story with an interesting design that children will love. I love the way that the pages mirror each other so that you can see both bugs in each double-page spread (the bugs can be seen poking through the holes in the leaves). This design aspect will make it appealing to children, as they see the page (leaf) shrink every time they turn it. The colour palette is simple (green and black of the leaf with the red and blue of the bugs) which draws your attention to the two bugs. Mark and Rowan publish their books through their own independent publishing company, Dreamboat Books, and other self-publishers could learn alot from the quality of their beautiful picture books.
You can learn more about Mark and Rowan Sommerset and buy their books from their Dreamboat Books website.