Billy's Beetle by Mick Inkpen

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October 2011 Guest Editor Roddy Doyle. When my kids were kids – if that makes sense – Mick Inkpen’s books were all over the floor and on every bed – but never up on a shelf. Kipper felt like a real dog in our house. But BILLY’S BEETLE is the book I recall with most affection. Beautiful, witty drawings and words packed with fun and rhythm, I never tired of reading it and, later, having it read to me. I can still see, and hear, it.


Billy's Beetle by Mick Inkpen

A classic picture book from master storyteller Mick Inkpen, creator of Kipper and Wibbly Pig. Billy has lost his little beetle and enlists a whole motley crew of people and animals to help him find it. The fun is made even greater by pull out pages and children will enjoy spotting the wayward beetle on every page.


'Truly childlike and unusually entertaining.' Kirkus Reviews

'Evocative language will have readers eager to help the story with their own sounds.' School Library Journal

'In this buoyant tale of a hunt for a lost beetle, Inkpen once again displays his abundant creativity.' Publishers Weekly

'The cumulative nature of this text, with its natural repetition, makes this an ideal book for apprentice readers, as well as for sharing.' The School Librarian

'... lively pictures with a funny, repetitive text to create a wonderfully wacky story.'

'This is a tremendous book for encouraging children to join in and get involved, as they all want to call out to show you where the beetle is'. - EYE

'This wonderful tale of lost and found exudes a slapstick sense of commedy and is perfectly pitched for a toddler's emerging sense of fun.' - Junior

About the Author

Mick Inkpen

Mick Inkpen was born in Romford in 1952 and still lives in Essex with his wife Debbie and their two children. Mick is one of the most popular author/illustrators in the world, his stories have been translated into over twenty different languages and his books have sold over 4 million copies. Kipper, perhaps his most popular character of all, is now the star of his very own TV series while Wibbly Pig, Penguin Small and Threadbear continue to delight young readers - and their parents!

He began his career as a graphic designer, declining a place to study English at Cambridge University. During this period he worked with Nick Butterworth, a fellow children's author, from whom he learned design and typography. Together they developed a cartoon strip for the Sunday Express magazine, later to become a first series of children's picture books. They also worked in children's television.

In 1989 The Blue Balloon established him as a truly original voice in children's picture books, by which time Mick and his wife Debbie had two children of their own. "Without the experience of having children of my own I doubt that I would have been capable of writing effectively for children. And yet it's true that good work really springs from trying to please yourself"

Mick has won numerous awards world-wide including The British Book Award for Penguin Small, The British Book Award for the best illustrated book, for Lullabyhullabaloo, The Children's Book Award for Threadbear, The Parents and Munch Bunch Play and Learn Award and The Right Start Petit Filous Best Toy Award for Where, Oh Where is Kipper's Bear? Kipper won a BAFTA for best animated children's film in 1998, and Kipper's A to Z won the silver medal in the 2001 Smarties Prize.

Fo most of Mick Inkpen's published work he is both author and illustrator. However, there is one title - WONDERFUL EARTH - that we rate highly, which he illustrated whilst Nick Butterworth provided the words.

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32 pages


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Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books

Publication date

2nd August 2007




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