Synopses & Reviews
A bug's life is suddenly changed when a wandering goose finds his way to her garden. They become close friends, exploring and playing in the lush garden, exchanging poems, hopes, and dreams, and eventually confessions of love. When goose begins to feel his instinct to wander, Bug's life changes again, but she comes to learn that she is surrounded by enduring love, even in loss.
"For the goose and bug that fall in love in this quietly moving story from debut talents Earnhardt and Clements, a happy ending isn't in the cards at least, not as a couple. Published for adults, though appropriate for younger readers, the story follows the animals from happy days of reading poetry and chasing fireflies to their eventual breakup ('The majestic Mississippi is calling me,' Goose tells Bug). Clements's illustrations suggest a combination of Beatrix Potter, Art Nouveau botanical designs, and Japanese prints as she pairs Bug and Goose's love with bursts of carrots, spring peas, and nasturtiums; their separation with heavy autumn storms; and Bug's eventual rebound with the floral bounty of summer. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Born in North Carolina, Heather Earnhardt grew up with thick red dirt on her toes, drunken summer thunderstorms, evening crickets, fireflies, and food, food, and more food. Heather owns The Wandering Goose restaurant in Seattle, where she lives with her three children, ducks, chickens, bees, dog, rabbit, and Bug's garden.
Frida Clements is an award-winning graphic designer and illustrator whose work has become synonymous with the vibrant music scene of the Pacific Northwest, from commemorative silk-screened posters to the branding of Seattle's most notable bands, festivals, and venues. Frida lives in Seattle with her husband Tomo, son Forest, and daughter Sage. This is her first book.