The recent release of the film version of Where The Wild Things Are is testimony to the fact that a very simple concept, if well done, can create a global phenomenon. So it is with the children's book written by Melody Rhodes - The Bedbug Who Wouldn't Bite.
It has been published for the first time this year and already shows many of the signs of becoming a huge success. The premise is very simple - usually children (and us old uns!) are kept awake by bedbugs. Well, in this story it is the bedbug that wants to sleep and, instead, a child keeps it awake. This turning of the tables, as it were, is already entertaining kids around the world. If you like you can read the bedbug's side of things here.
What's more the book comes with a toy bedbug so as you are reading it out loud to your kids they can either play with the toy or you can use it to illustrate parts of the story. A great idea, all round. It is written by an online writing colleague of mine, so of course I am a little bit prejudiced in favor of the book and the project as a whole, but really - if you have kids or buy presents for them - give this charming book a chance!
Best of all this is a story from the heart of the author and not part of some big publishing machine which just wants to make a huge profit - at the expense of quality.
With postage the book comes in at just under 30 US dollars. You can buy it here, via PAYPAL.