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The Accidental Diary of B.U.G.

Written by Jen Carney

Part of the The Accidental Diary of B.U.G. Series

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The Accidental Diary of B.U.G. Review

Books of the Month Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers Funny Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) School Stories

Make friends with Billie Upton Green via her fabulous doodle diary

May 2021 Book of the Month

Ten-year-old Billie Upton Green opens up her doodle diary to readers, and what a treat it proves: a fabulously lively and idiosyncratic record of an eventful couple of weeks in her life.  When a new girl joins her class, Billie is determined to make her feel welcome, even though Janey seems a bit of a show-off. She’s disconcerted that Janey doesn’t know what it means to be adopted, like Billie, or that you can have two mums, also like Billie. It gets harder to like Janey though when it appears she’s stealing Billie’s best friend, Layla. This also seems, to Billie, to put Janey in the frame for a sudden spate of thefts at their school, but the culprit is someone else altogether and by the end of the book, Billie, Layla and Janey are firm friends, the three of them performing a special dance at Billie’s mums’ wedding. Readers will love Billie’s adventures, and her funny, doodle-filled way of sharing them, as much as they love the Dork Diaries or Wimpy Kid stories, and it’s great too to see such a warm celebration of diverse family life.

Andrea Reece

The Accidental Diary of B.U.G. Synopsis

The start of an exciting new series full of Billie's laugh-out-loud observations and doodles!

There is a new girl at Billie's school, and Billie takes it upon herself to show her around, teach her the Biscuit Laws, and remind her that yes, two women can get married (after all, Billie's mums' wedding is the event of the year). But then suspicion sets in. The new girl seems very close to Billie's best friend Layla. And doesn't she know a little too much about the latest big school heist - the theft of Mrs Robinson's purse...?

Totally accessible and absolutely unisex: Billie's voice is silly, truthful and laugh-out-loud funny - her knack for turning the everyday into hilarity is what makes her doodled-up jotter the perfect treat for readers aged 8+.

The Accidental Diary of B.U.G. Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4Kids expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

I think this book is funny as it has rules for how to eat biscuits, it also has great illustrations and an interesting plot. Full review

Isabella Tse (Age 10)

Very interesting and funny diary set book following Billie which you won't be able to put down. Full review

Lexi mooney (Age 9)

Great diary type book telling the tale of a young girl called bug and her relationships with her friends. A great read! Full review

angelito Francisco (Age 9)

The Accidental Diary of B.U.G. Press Reviews

A sparky, funny new series perfect for fans of Diary of A Wimpy Kid - Daily Mail

Jen Carney knows how to make kids laugh . . . and I mean totally unreserved roll-on-the-floor belly laugh. Billie Upton Green is a firm favourite in our house - Emma Mylrea, author of Curse of the Dearmad

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ISBN: 9780241455449
Publication date: 15/04/2021
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241455449
Publication date: 15th April 2021
Author: Jen Carney
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Funny, Personal Social Health Economic , School Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Reluctant Readers, Reviewed by Children
Collections: 2021 Preview - Mega Books on the Horizon, 85 Brilliant Books about Friendships, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, What To Read Next?,

About Jen Carney

Jen Carney is an author-illustrator living in Lancashire with her wife, three children and an array of animals. She wrote her debut novel to celebrate diverse, contemporary and slightly bonkers families. Follow Jen on Instagram

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