Freda and the Blue Beetle


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$17.95  $16.69
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7.7 X 11.2 X 0.5 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

SOPHIE GILMORE is an author and illustrator who, until recently, was based in London, but can now be found in Pisa, Italy. She studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and works with watercolor, gouache and pen, though a little coloring pencil and the occasional monochromatic linocuts find their way in. Much of her work stems from the curiousness of human nature and the wordless magic in a friendship between children and animals.


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