Everyone loves butterflies and they certainly seem to appear more and more as the summer progresses. It is lovely to have access to books that relate to these intricately patterned, fragile, stunning insects and here are just a few that feature butterflies in some way, a mixture of information and story books, so there is something for everyone.
How to be a Butterfly
A beautifully illustrated non-fiction book about butterflies and what you would need in order to be one. Colourful, patterned, smooth edged and out during the day – those are all the qualities you associate with a butterfly but there are others for example being dull coloured and have patterned edging. The book also pays great attention to how a butterfly camouflages within nature and also how you can tell a butterfly from a moth which is an easy mistake for young children to make and they will definitely benefit from reading this butterfly guide, learning whilst enjoying the phenomenal illustrations. I really loved that the latin names for the different types of butterfly are also noted inside this book, it is a great finishing touch to a brilliant book.
For more information and to purchase please see here. RRp £12.99 (HB)
The Butterfly House
A fabulous non-fiction book with the most amazing illustrations that depict the finest details of butterflies and moths. The book shows the stages of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly and then gives more information on different facts relevant to the insects. There is a hatchery page and also a feeding station page which are both very informative and the book goes on to specify more information on the different species of butterflies and moths. The illustrations are stunning and really bring the butterflies to live before your eyes in a book that is hugely informative about all the species’ of butterfly and moth and extremely interesting in the layout and design.
For more information and to purchase please see here. RRP £12.99 (HB)
The Boy with the Butterfly Mind
Featuring Jamie Lee, a young boy with ADHD who was moving to America with his mum and her new boyfriend until she decided Jamie would be better off living with his dad in Scotland while she tried to make her relationship work without the numerous ongoing distractions and disasters that happen with Jamie. Jamie Lee’s dad lives with his girlfriend and her daughter Elin so there is a lot to adjust to and take in, and things don’t get off to a good start between them when Jamie arrives as the tidy and organised house welcomes a chaotic Jamie into the fold.
Elin has already decided Jamie is trouble – and not only that, she doesn’t want him and his dad living with her and her mum, preferring instead to believe that she can get her dad to return home to them. All Elin thinks she needs to do is be perfect in every way and then her dad will come back, and the other thing that has to happen is Jamie and his dad Steve need to go too, so Elin devises a plan.
Cue danger, disaster and disappointment as you become fully immersed within each characters struggles, determination and desire to find happiness. True to life the initial blending of two families has its ups and downs but these are made even harder by Elin’s determination to sabotage any progress Jamie makes. Getting to know Jamie and his back story, his struggles and triggers we get an insight into what living with ADHD is like as well as seeing other peoples perceptions on it from the characters around him – both at school and home, and seeing two sides of the situation does make you more understanding to both Elin and Jamie Lee and puts a real spin on determining the victim in a situation especially given that Elin isn’t motivated from a bad place really and Jamie has no control over his behaviour.
Determined to make this home a success and avoid feeling rejected again Jamie is keen to be medicated for his ADHD, something his dad is extremely reluctant to do. It is interesting to see how this decision and the outcome affects Jamie, especially as you cannot help but love him for who he is and that underneath all the chaos and disruption he causes he really is trying and he really does care.
Only through battling it out to the very end do Elin and Jamie realise what they truly want, and what they had to begin with. This story is a rollercoaster of emotions across a journey of discovery which will see you laughing at times and feeling like crying at others. You learn that judging a book by its cover isn’t the best approach to take in life because sometimes what you have been searching for so long for is right in front of you, and your too fixated in one thought process to realise it until it is too late. For Jamie to say ‘It’s like i’m a caterpillar that’s got stuck inside its chrysalis and can’t turn into a butterfly’ really depicts his struggle beautifully, and readers will remain hopeful to the end that Jamie gets the happy ending, and more importantly acceptance that he is really deserving of.
This book will have you choosing a side, questioning your decision and potentially re evaluating it too as you as you read the consecutive chapters of Elin then Jamie’s narrative, and with a story that is both engrossing and exciting from the offset there is much enjoyment to be had reading this book. Undoubtedly a huge hit with confident readers, I will enjoy offering The Boy with the Butterfly Mind to my library users from the start of the new academic year.
Publishes on 12th September, for more information please go here.