Bella the Bee

By Phil Clarkson. Published by Austin Macauley Publishers, £9.99

West Sussex writer Phil Clarkson brings us a children’s book with a message in Bella the Bee – a bright, colourful rhyming story about a bee with a knobbly knee who finds comfort from bullying in dance.

It’s told through bright and colourful anthropomorphised insects of all shapes and sizes and is illustrated with care for children’s eyes as they turn the pages.

Refreshingly we’re also encouraged to look behind the bullying for its seed, where we find there are reasons that mean we perhaps shouldn’t always judge the author of the crime too harshly.

A delightful little book for little people – with a serious underbelly that seems to be growing in relevance to today’s young people.

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