My drawings come to life

The first time I read The Black Beetle Bug tongue twister, images of the black beetle and the speedy spider formed quickly in my mind. Being asked to illustrate The Black Beetle Bug is a dream come true for me. I am excited for the opportunity to share these happy and delightful images with you. The characters each have their own story about how they came to be part of this excellent book.

All illustrations in The Black Beetle Bug are hand drawn using color pencils. The use of color pencils allow me the ability to form the depth of detail, texture, and brightness of color seen in the book.

The Black Beetle Bug companion color book provides children with even more enjoyment as they can color their own pages of the story.
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Printed in the USA.

– Illustrator Diana Smith

-Author Diana Smith