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Stephen and the Beetle

Illustrated by Chiara Carrer

Written by Jorge Luján

Translated by Elisa Amado

  • 36 Pages
  • 9781554981922
  • 11.25" x 7.875"
  • Reading age from 2 to 5
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc.
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Values



Publication Date August 01, 2012

When Stephen spots a beetle he takes off his shoe and raises his arm, ready to strike... but then he has second thoughts. He lays his head down on the ground and the beetle walks right up to him. At the last moment the beetle turns aside and each can go on with the day, having avoided the worst.

In this very simple story Jorge Luján presents the kind of deep moral questions that can occur even in the smallest child's day. Chiara Carrer's very original etched and painted illustrations perfectly complement the story, and are in and of themselves beautiful works of art.


Chiara Carrer
Chiara Carrer is one of Italy's best-known children's book illustrators. She has been creating children's books for more than twenty years, with more than one hundred titles to her credit. Chiara has won many major awards, including the UNICEF Prize, the Austrian Kinder und Jugendbuch-Illustrationspreis, the BolognaRagazzi New Horizons Award (Special Mention) and the Golden Apple at the Biennial of Illustration, Bratislava. She also teaches art and has exhibited her work in Europe, Japan and Brazil. She lives in Rome.

Jorge Luján

Jorge Luján is an author, poet and musician who has published 42 books and 7 CDs. With many of the world’s greatest illustrators he has created an outstanding body of work, which includes Stephen and the Beetle, illustrated by Chiara Carrer, Doggy Slippers and Numeralia, illustrated by Isol, Colors! ¡Colores!, illustrated by Piet Grobler and Moví la mano / I Moved My Hand, illustrated by Mandana Sadat. Jorge has twice won the Premio de Poesía para Niños de ALIJA (IBBY Argentina) and has been nominated three times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Elisa Amado
Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written Un barrilete para el Día de los muertos / Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead, Cousins (Primas) and Tricycle (El triciclo), which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Her most recent books are What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That?. Elisa lives in Toronto, Ontario.


Star Review

"This simple yet powerful life-or-death drama between the boy and the beetle is vividly captured in Carrer’s striking, highly original acrylic, ink pencil, oil pastel and collage illustrations. Using naive outlines, Expressionistic color washes, open spaces and constantly changing perspectives, she creates tension between the aggressive boy and the passive beetle." Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW