The Very Ugly Bug

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Tiger Tales, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 24 pages
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There once was a very ugly bug, with spotted legs, googly eyes and a horrible hairy back. She wonders why her friends have pretty small eyes, shiny green backs, or nice fluttery wings. The ugly bug thought that if she looked like her friends, then she would be more beautiful. So she made herself a disguise. But her new costume made her even tastier looking to the birds! When a bird swoops down to gobble up the disguised ugly bug, something strange happens... The big scare made the very ugly bug even uglier! So ugly in fact, that the bird was scared away. The ugly bug learns that just being herself is the best defense. Liz Pichon's witty text and colorful artwork highlight this story about self-acceptance.

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User Review  - danielleburry - LibraryThing

The story follows an "ugly bug" who doesn't quite understand why she is the ugliest of them all. She asks all the other bugs why they have the qualities they do and they all responded so that they can ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In this notably unsuccessful take on the "I don't want to stand out" theme, a bug—colorful but not particularly ugly in the cartoon illustrations—brushes off her friends' appreciative comments and ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Liz Pichon is a British illustrator and children's writer. She studied graphic design in the Camberwell School of Art in London. She worked as art director in the musical label Jive Records. Afterwards she started working as a freelance illustrator and writer of children's books. She also writes the Tom Gates Series. Her titles include: The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, Tom Gates Everything's Amazing (sort of), Tom Gates Best Book Day Ever! and Tom Gates Super Good Skills (Almost). Her children's title The Very Ugly Book became well known in Worldcat Libraries. Her awards include the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, The Red House Book Award Best Book for Young Readers, the Waterstone1s Best Fiction for 5-12 year olds Prize, and the Blue Peter Award for Best Story.

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