I Love Bugs

Book Author & Illustrator Elspeth Alix Batt
Rights Available World excl. NZ, Australia and the Pacific Islands. 

Stunningly illustrated this little book introduces a mysterious character who insists they like bugs of all sorts: beetles, moths, flies, and lots more. Includes a special section in the back with a first-readers introduction to each insect. But who is it that loves them?

Nominee for the international Panda Book Awards, Early Years, 2021-2022

About the Author
Elspeth Alix Batt
has been an illustrator and fine artist for over thirty years and has illustrated many picture books, non-fiction books, book covers, cards, flags and school banners, not to mention innumerable School Journals, Ready to Reads and other educational resources for the NZ Ministry of Education. I Love Bugs is her first book as a author/illustrator.


OneTree House




Picture Book

Age range
0+ years

Publication Date
August 2020

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ, Australia and the Pacific Islands.

Rights Agents:


Christine Dale, OneTree House

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This simple, fun text is perfect for young readers; they will enjoy the multitude of reasons to love bugs...I am proof that you don’t even have to like bugs to enjoy this cute, jiggly and surprising picture book.

The Sapling

Elspeth’s exquisite illustrations take you into the ‘wriggly jiggly’ ‘spiny shiny’ world of bugs. Each page glows with such colour and detail you feel like you are in the scene. The insects are magnificent. The writing is equally captivating. I love it.

NZ Poetry Box

The double page colour illustrations of flies, earwigs, mosquitos, gnats, crickets, beetles and some of our other six-legged friends are surprisingly endearing as well as scientifically accurate. (The eyes are exaggerated but young readers won’t mind.) Each scene, with its skilfully painted native plants, is perfectly matched to the insects in it...There is a magnificent surprise ending as the reader finds out the identity of the insect-loving narrator.

The Source