I Love You, Stick Insect.

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Stick Insect is head-over-heels about his new sweetheart. He promises they will go skating, fly like birds, share popcorn at the movies and live happily ever after. However, his friend, Butterfly, has noticed that things might not be all they seem...

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Having loved 'I'm Going to Eat this Ant', my Book Group were delighted to find out that we had Chris Naylor-Ballesteros's new book, 'I Love You, Stick Insect'. One reading was not enough- I had to read the book twice (with the group joining in as Butterfly the second time!).

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The children found the whole story funny, particularly enjoying the play on words towards the end. They loved Stick Insect's ideas for wooing his new-found love, relishing his enthusiasm.

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The illustrations were a huge hit! The group compared the style of these and those of 'I'm Going to Eat this Ant'. Chris's ability to convey so much personality through his pictures was much commented on- Butterfly was a great favourite- described as 'sassy' and 'intelligent'! 

They love this style of illustration- the bold white backgrounds, the sweeping washes of colour, the way the pictures are arranged on the page! The heart-shaped cloud of candyfloss and the arching curl of the surf were particularly popular. 'I Love You, Stick Insect' gave us a very happy hour of fun, laughter and book/ picture talk which inspired all the group to think of many questions they would like to ask the author/illustrator! Brilliant book!


I Love You, Stick Insect by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros    

Bloomsbury    ISBN: 978-1408869901

Gerald Durrell was born on this day in 1925. I don't know whether stick insects formed part of the collection of pets he had as a child, but this seemed a fitting book to celebrate his birthday!

A library/ book event ideas sheet for 'I Want to Eat this Ant' is available on the Members' section of the website.