Freda and the Blue Beetle

Sophie Gilmore (Author)


Freda lives in a town where people are always telling her to be more careful. But Freda loves to explore--which is how, one day, she discovers an injured beetle. She names him Ernest, feeds him, and befriends him. They become inseparable as Ernest grows ever bigger and stronger.

Noticing Ernest's now-enormous size, the townspeople put him to work. But Ernest is strange, and has a strong appetite, and when a prize ewe goes missing, people start to talk. Freda listens to their appeals and sends her beloved friend away. But when a terrible storm puts the villagers in real danger, Freda knows who can help--and she stands up and says so. After Ernest uses his unique strength to save the day, everyone wants him to stay. But maybe this time, Freda and Ernest choose to listen to their hearts.

Illustrated in watercolor and gouache, this is a fantastical modern fable about the value of listening to your heart, not always listening to others, and making your own voice heard.

Product Details

$17.95  $16.51
Publish Date
April 15, 2020
7.7 X 0.5 X 11.2 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

SOPHIE GILMORE is a writer and illustrator living in Italy. She is the author of the critically acclaimed picture bookLittle Doctor and the Fearless Beast.Sophie works with watercolor and pen and illustrates friend, foe, and ordinary girls quietly doing extraordinary things. Sometimes all in one book.


Praise for Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast, also by Sophie Gilmore:

Named a Publishers Weekly "Flying Start" of Spring 2019

"An enthralling demonstration of kindness in action, helmed by a confident, brown-skinned girl in a doctor's coat."

"A rousing, toothy adventure."
--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"Gilmore's breezy tone keeps scariness at bay... and her illustrations are at once dreamy and believable. The conceit of a primary school-aged child who is already a seasoned medical professional provides charm from the outset, and Little Doctor's bravery comes from wisdom and kindness."
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"This story about thinking for oneself is sweetly quirky and far from saccharine."--Kirkus Reviews
"Gilmore's lilting storybook prose is paired with earth-toned paintings that enliven the small village, its inhabitants, and Ernest's marvelous deeds."--Publishers Weekly
"A good blend of realism and make believe for early independent reading."--School Library Journal
"A wonderfully odd gem of a story that speaks to the importance of living a just and fulfilling life on one's own terms."--Booklist
"The underlying message of this story is about standing up for yourself, especially while scared... the bravery that it takes to listen to yourself and what you know is true is a skill that is sometimes honed by making a mistake or two along the way."--The Tiny Activist