I am a massive fan of Natalie’s children’s books having read two of her Monstrous Me series in recent months. Ben and the Bug is another gem and one which I think beautifully highlights how bugs can make us ill in a way which can be understood by little readers without making them too frightened or confused. My three year old loves this book and in some ways it helps her understand a little about why people are poorly and I look after them at work, and why currently we aren’t allowed to go and play with the other children in the street. The illustrations alongside the text are beautiful and well chosen. The facts and glossary are really useful for slightly older readers and for me this makes Ben and the Bug stand out from other books which teach about illness and hygiene.
Sadly I don’t think we will see the back of covid-19 for a long while so if anyone is struggling with talking to younger children about what is happening then I highly recommend reading Ben and the Bug with them.
About Natalie Reeves Billing: Natalie Reeves Billing is a Liverpool lass with a dark sense of humour, which often spills onto the page. She loves to write spooky, fantastical stories for young audiences, and dabbles in poetry, contemporary fiction.
Natalie spent most of her early career in the music industry as a performer and professional songwriter. This lead, almost inevitably, to storytelling.
Natalie is an Arvon Foundation friend and is a student of the Golden Egg Academy. She is mentored under the Lloyds Bank SSE program, with her Bubs Literacy project. She is published in several anthologies with her poetry and flash fiction, including the Writing on the Wall, Read Now, Write Now, and is involved in several collaborations with fellow writers across poetry, song, and scriptwriting.
Connect with Natalie on Twitter @BillingReeves