THE BEETLE COLLECTOR'S HANDBOOK

How much do you know about the humble beetle?

Beetlemania is spreading, thanks to M. G. Leonard's bestselling Beetle Boy trilogy. In the books, Darkus learns all about beetles from an old guide his father had used as a child. Now that book is available for readers everywhere to discover beetle facts for themselves! Hilariously narrated by eccentric entomologist "Monty G Leonard", this lavishly illustrated guide is the perfect starting point for young beetle collectors everywhere. From scary to weird to jaw-droppingly gorgeous, the 50+ species featured in this book are certain to inspire a lifelong love of Coleoptera.

The book features afterwords from Dr Sarah Beynon, the coleopterist that runs The Bug Farm and Max Barclay - head coleopterist at the Natural History Museum.

Internal illustrations by  Carim Nahaboo

Internal illustrations by Carim Nahaboo

PRESS & REVIEWS

M. G. Leonard with Max Barclay - Head Coleopterist at the Natural History Museum  Photo: Paul Mussos for Hay Festival 2018

M. G. Leonard with Max Barclay - Head Coleopterist at the Natural History Museum

Photo: Paul Mussos for Hay Festival 2018

Dr Sarah Beynon with a beetle larva  Photo: Paul Mussos for Hay Festival 2017

Dr Sarah Beynon with a beetle larva

Photo: Paul Mussos for Hay Festival 2017

AWARDS, ACCOLADES & PRIZES

WINNER of the Doncaster Book Award - Nonfiction

Longlisted for the Blue Peter Book Prize 2019 - Best book with facts.

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WORLD RIGHTS

The Beetle Collector’s Handbook is published by Scholastic in the UK and in the following territories around the world:

Australia, Canada, Faroe Islands, Poland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden.

TV & Film rights are optioned by Nevision.

BATTLE OF THE BEETLES

Can beetles save the planet?

Humanity is under siege; the future depends on three children and their beetles.

Battle of the Beetles is the third and final part of the Beetle Boy trilogy.

... a spectacular conclusion
— The Bookseller

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AWARDS, ACCOLADES & PRIZES

Won ‘Your Choice’ category of the STEAM Children’s Book Prize 2019, voted as favourite book by the young readers.

Longlisted for the Berkshire Book Award 2019

WORLD RIGHTS

Battle of the Beetles will be published by Chicken House in the UK, Scholastic in USA and Canada, and licensed in more than twenty-five territories around the world:

Albania, Audio World English, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Faroe Islands, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Spain and Latin America, Sweden, Taiwan, USA, Vietnam.

TV & Film rights are optioned by Nevision.

BEETLE QUEEN

Cruel beetle fashionista, Lucretia Cutter, has designs...

When Darkus, Virginia and Bertolt discover further evidence of her evil, they’re determined to stop her. But the three friends are in trouble. Darkus’ dad has forbidden them to investigate any further – and disgusting crooks Humphrey and Pickering are out of prison. Hope rests on Novak, Lucretia’s daughter and a Hollywood actress, but the beetle diva is always one scuttle ahead …

Beetle Queen is the second book in the Beetle Boy trilogy.

a cracking tale for boys, girls - and grown-ups” *****
— The Sun

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AWARDS

Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018

WORLD RIGHTS

Beetle Queen is published by Chicken House in the UK and in translation in over thirty territories around the world including:

Audio World English, Albania, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, Vietnam, USA

TV & Film rights are optioned by Nevision.

BEETLE BOY

Can a boy be best friends with a beetle?

Cover & illustration:  Julia Sarda  Design:  Helen Crawford-White

Cover & illustration: Julia Sarda
Design: Helen Crawford-White

Thirteen-year-old Darkus Cuttle’s search for his kidnapped father leads him to discover a mountain of extraordinary beetles, and pits him against the mad-scientist of the fashion world, Lucretia Cutter, an haute couture villainess with an alarming interest in insects. A darkly hilarious adventure full of exotic beetles, daring schemes, and true friendship.

Truly great storytelling...
— Michael Morpurgo
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Winner

OF THE 2017 BRANFORD BOASE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING FIRST NOVEL FOR CHILDREN

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WORLD RIGHTS

Beetle Boy is published by Chicken House in the UK and in forty territories around the world including:

Albania, Audio World English, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam

TV & Film rights are optioned by Nevision.

INTERNTIONAL BOOKCOVERS

AWARDS, ACCOLADES & PRIZES

WINNER OF THE 2017 BRANFORD BOASE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING FIRST NOVEL FOR CHILDREN - UNITED KINGDOM

WINNER OF THE 2017 SHEFFIELD CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD FOR SHORTER NOVEL.

WINNER OF THE 2017-18 GOLDEN COW BELL BOOK AWARD, VOTED FOR BY THE READERS AT SWISS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS

WINNER OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN 2018 SCIENCE AND ART PRIZE FOR CORRECTNESS, ORIGINALITY AND QUALITY OF TRANSLATION OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE INTO AFRIKAANS

WINNER OF GOLD MEDAL (1st Place) IN THE 2018 NATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS OF CHINA

Chosen as a White Raven 2017, 1 of 200 books in 38 languages from 56 countries representing the best of international children’s and youth literature.
Chosen as one of the Top Fifty Books Published in 2016 by The Telegraph
Chosen as one of the Top Children's Books Published in 2016 by The Telegraph
Chosen as one of the Top Children's Books Published in 2016 by The Guardian
Chosen as a Top Twenty Middle Grade Title of 2016 by Publishers Weekly, USA
Chosen as one of the Best Books for Kids 2016 by The New York Public Library, USA
Chosen as on of the Top Twenty-five Notable Children's Recordings by Association for Library Service to Children, part of the American Library Association, 2017.

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017
Longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017
Longlisted for the UKLA Award 2017
Shortlisted for the 2016 Books Are My Bag reader awards, UK
Shortlisted for the New Children’s Fiction Awards 2016, by Teach Primary, UK
Shortlisted for the Red Dot Award (Singapore International Schools) 2017-18
Shortlisted for the German Audiobook Award 2018 - Children’s Listening
Shortlisted for the Salford Children's Book Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Tower Hamlets Book Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Harrow Junior Book Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Stockport Children’s Book Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Sefton Super Read Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Hillingdon Primary Book of the Year 2017
Shortlisted for the Southwark Book Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Concorde Book Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Heart of Hawick Book Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Hounslow Junior Book Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Bolton's Children Fiction Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Waverton Good Read Children's Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Awesome Book Awards 2017, South East schools