When Ben meets Bug at the swing park, they instantly become the best of friends. But when everyone around them gets sick, Ben wonders about the identity of his new playmate.Ben and the Bug is written for families looking for a friendly approach to discussions around Coronavirus.
I think that this is a book that is really needed and it would be the perfect book to give to children at school to enable them to read more about Covid-19 and the issues that come from that as I know a lot of children that have gained an increased anxiety as a result of Covid and this explains it at a level targeted at them.
This book is was very apt with the timing, it was out earlier this year but I read it when the second wave was starting to pick up and I thought that it was brilliant and a great way to explain it, it gives a mini summary of the symptoms, what it is, how it spreads, etc so there is a bit of science in there too.
The rhyming nature of the story was great too and again with the other books I have read by this author (this being my third now) the illustrations are superb! It is 5 stars from me – it is very well done and definitely one I will be recommending!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Natalie Reeves Billing is a Liverpool lass with a dark sense of humour, which often spills onto the page. She loves to write spooky, fantastical stories for young audiences, and dabbles in poetry, contemporary fiction.
Natalie spent most of her early career in the music industry as a performer and professional songwriter. This lead, almost inevitably, to storytelling.
Natalie is an Arvon Foundation friend and is a student of the Golden Egg Academy. She is mentored under the Lloyds Bank SSE program, with her Bubs Literacy project. She is published in several anthologies with her poetry and flash fiction, including the Writing on the Wall, Read Now, Write Now, and is involved in several collaborations with fellow writers across poetry, song, and scriptwriting.
Connect with Natalie on Twitter @BillingReeves.