BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Ben and the Bug by Natalie Reeves Billing @BillingReeves @RandomTTours #blogtour #childrensbook #coronavirus #covid-19

Good Morning everyone! I hope you are all keeping safe and well with these continuing difficult and strange times! Today I’m so excited to bring you a book that could not be MORE relevant right now! A book designed to explain Corona virus to children!! I couldn’t wait to read this to my eldest who is 3 1/2 and well it went down even better with him than I thought it would 😀 Enjoy!

The Cover

The Blurb

My Review

So as you guys will hopefully all know our little family absolutely ADORE Natalies books and this was another one I couldn’t miss out on! This one is to help explain to our little ones what Corona virus is (in a very basic way), how it can spread, how it can make people poorly and how vaccines are made for things like this!

It must be very strange and concerning times for our little ones who don’t have the same understanding as us, what Corona virus is, how deadly it can be, how it’s spread, the importance of hand hygiene, why we can’t always see our loved ones, why mummy and daddy and all adults are wearing masks in shops… and honestly this book has done a fantastic job of explaining it in a fun, basic way and in a way where us as parents can adapt it to suit the age of our children, in a rhyming way!!! MY FAVOURITE!!!

Even though I knew I would LOVE this I wasn’t sure with Harry being the age he is whether he would engage with this book, but how I was wrong! He sat with me like an Angel, eyes pinned to the book, we discussed the little ‘Did You Know’ boxes in a more basic way for him to understand, and do you know the first thing he wanted to do after reading this book? WASH HIS HANDS! So that’s exactly what we took him to do! Not only that but using the book we reiterated the importance of sneezing and coughing in to his hands and he kept demonstrating it to us! Even a while after we read this I asked him ‘what should you do if you sneeze or cough?’ And he went straight in and demonstrated sneezing and coughing in to his hands! I was so shocked! How can a book have that kind of power!

I love how each page was written like a nursery rhyme, especially the last sentence of each page, it rolled off of my tongue and kept Harry interested! Not only that but the pictures were so much fun AND educational! It clearly showed the bacteria left behind wherever the bug had been, it was easy to use these pictures to explain it to Harry, and I LOVED how it was the bug that decided to cover himself up to protect others!

Lastly I love how it gives you hope at the end! It’s easy right now to lose hope, to spend days and days wondering if there will ever be a vaccine, whether we will EVER get back to normal! But this book shows you in to the future and gives you hope that a vaccine will be found and that things will return to normal!

A truly educational story, one THATS simple, adaptable, fun, and really engaging! Another easy 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ rating from the Piza family!

Ps, I’m pretty certain he’s going to want me to read it to him again tonight!

About the Author

Natalie Reeves Billing is a Liverpool lass with a dark sense of humour, which often spills onto the page. She loves to write spooky, fantastical stories for young audiences, and dabbles in poetry, contemporary fiction.
Natalie spent most of her early career in the music industry as a performer and professional songwriter. This lead, almost inevitably, to storytelling.

Natalie is an Arvon Foundation friend and is a student of the Golden Egg Academy. She is mentored under the Lloyds Bank SSE program, with her Bubs Literacy project. She is published in several anthologies with her poetry and flash fiction, including the Writing on the Wall, Read Now, Write Now, and is involved in several collaborations with fellow writers across poetry, song, and scriptwriting.
Her new book, My Mummy is a Monster (part of the Monstrous Me collection) will be available in March 2020 and Carry Love in June 2020

How to Contact the Author

Connect with Natalie on Twitter @BillingReeves.

Purchase Link



So there we have it! I just feel like Natalies books keep getting better and better! I’m really excited for this Authors future and to see what new books she will bring to the market over the coming years! I’ve still got YEARS of book buying yet with my youngest only being 13 months and Natalies books are ones that I will always be keeping my eye out for!

A special thank you to the author for providing us with a copy of this amazing book in return for my honest review and also for writing such amazing books to entertain children! And a big thank you as always to Anne at Random Things tours for another awesome opportunity!

I hope you all get the chance to read this story to your little ones, to help them explain the strangeness in the world right now!

Finally I hope you all keep safe and have a wonderful day!

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum


Welcome to my blog, I am a mum of 2 beautiful boys, who lost all of her passions and hobbies by dedicating all of my time and my life to raising my 2 boys. It’s taken me 3 years to realise I can still enjoy some of my hobbies as well as raise them and even involve them to! I love to read, I always have from children’s books, to factual crime, to local and world history (although my knowledge is terrible), to all fiction especially crime, thriller and horror. I have decided to start blogging and reviewing books, and meeting some of the authors that may be starting out like myself and my blog to maybe even some of my favourite Authors! I hope you enjoy this journey with me and support me along the way! Please sit back and enjoy my reviews and here is to a new start of making sure we look after ourselves as well as our children!

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