It's quite a brave choice, making an insect the centre of your
story. Gregory Sampson, the Beetle Boy of the title, wakes up one
morning to find that he's large, brown and ugly with pointy teeth
and lots of legs. He feels alien and, to make it worse, no-one
notices he's changed, except for his best friend Michael.
Fortunately, in the end Gregory's family decide to accept him for
what he is and then he becomes a boy again. Lawrence David makes us
wonder what it's like to be someone (or something) else for a day.
This is an unusual story with lots of imaginative touches, such as
Gregory the beetle trying to fit his six legs into his school
uniform and hanging upside down on the ceiling. Illustrator
Delphine Durand has a talent for drawing shapes differently, round,
curved, long, sharp and short. Her people don't look in the least
conventional, and this is a strange and appealing world in itself.
David explores his sophisticated themes with humour and sympathy,
showing how easy it is to get so used to people that you don't pay
them attention any more, and how unexpected changes can make you
look at the world in a different way. (Kirkus UK)
Gregory Sampson woke one morning to discover that he had become a
giant beetle. He had a large, purple-brown beetle body. He had two
long beetle antennae. And six, thin, hairy beetle legs.' 'Gregory,
get dressed and come down for breakfast,' his dad called. When
Gregory Sampson wakes up one day to find he has become a beetle, he
is pretty upset. But what is more upsetting is that nobody notices!
Not his mother, not his father, not his sister, not his teacher.
Only his best friend Michael realises that Gregory is now a beetle.
Together, they try and work out what to do. This is a brilliantly
funny story that has deceptively complex messages, touching on
relationships within the family, self-confidence and how others
perceive you. A classic of the future. "Better than Pokemon. I sent
this to my eight year old nephew and I hear he's very upset that
he's not Beetle Boy. He's memorised much of the book already. It's
replaced Pokemon as his reason for living." - A customer from
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