This is tale of a caterpillar named Westly who is destined to be a Monarch butterfly and the next king of the butterfly kingdom. But sometimes things don't turn out the way we plan. When Westly emerges from his cocoon he is nothing like he expected. He's a spider! And he must navigate the social hierarchy with butterflies at the top and insects at the bottom and Westly somewhere in-between. Adopted by the "dirt eaters," Westly is determined to make a difference. He is determined to belong, to be loved, and most importantly, to become who he was born to be.
Bryan Beus – which rhymes with Zeus – is the winner of the Kirchoff/Wohlberg Award from The New York Society of Illustrators. He works full time as an illustrator for magazines, book covers, film and game conceptual art, and more. When not writing and drawing, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Amanda, mindful meditation, drinking root beer floats, and eating far too many Sour Patch Watermelons. Westly is his debut novel.
My Review:This is a fantastic story of life gone horribly wrong. I mean seriously. There are certain parts of our life that we expect to have happen. For a caterpillar, they expect to become a butterfly, or at least I'd imagine that they do. I read this story to my 5 year old, and the combination of bugs and fantastic illustrations made it so difficult for him to fall asleep, that eventually we couldn't read it before bed anymore. That's a first for him! I was more than happy to have daytime reading with my little monster, and we fully enjoyed this story. I highly recommend this book, and I'd encourage parents everywhere to read it too their little ones. It's fun, inspiring, creative, and will inspire little ones to look at bugs in a very different light.