Tulip and Brutus
Ford Street, 2019
32pp., pbk., RRP $A16.95
Tulip and her ladybug friends live amongst the flowers while Brutus and his stinkbug friends live up in a tree. They never play together. They are so very different that it would be hard to think they could ever be friends. But after a day of heavy rain, their habitats become merged and they realise they have to work together to protect themselves. As they do, they begin to understand they have more in common than they realise, and each discovers new joys to explore.
The theme of unlikely friendships is not new in children’s literature, but this one is brought to life by the scintillating, action-packed illustrations of Andrew Plant (Pippa, The Perfect Leaf; Glitch, Spark, and The Poppy) . With a mix of imagination and real-world, Ledden and Plant have combined to create a story that will appeal to young readers, bug-lovers and haters alike, and help them understand that being different and diverse is natural but that there is much to learn and enjoy through trying new things.