Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2016

"My dreams won't keep..."
Myles and Mason Enjoy the Bedbug Book

No, no, no! Don't squash my garden veggies!

One summer morning, I looked outside to see some kids in my yard. The taller boy, Mason, had come to collect his big dog that had bounded through my garden and had trampled my tender plants. The dog was now happily running in wild circles around the yard.

Each time the dog had entered the yard on previous occasions, he had growled at me, his lips pulling back in a sinister grin. I'd kept a safe distance on the back deck, with the gate firmly closed, unenthusiastic at the thought of a potential bite from those great teeth. I watched, relieved, as the boys grabbed onto the dog's collar and dragged the brute home.

A few days later, I saw Mason again and I gave him the Bedbug book, as a way to welcome him to the neighborhood. I had one of the original ribbon-bound books left from one of the early shipments. He grinned shyly, accepted it, and left my yard.

In time, Mason became a frequent visitor to my home, as did his younger brother, Myles. They were active little boys who spent their time swinging from trees, building forts out in the yard, playing in the back field and dropping in to see me.

Each Verse by Heart
Mason surprised me one day. He told me the Bedbug book was his favorite bedtime story and that he read it each night before going to sleep. He then he proceeded to recite the entire book to demonstrate that this was so. He knew each verse by heart. He also mentioned that he was now reading it to Myles.

Little Myles, not to be outdone, piped up to prove he could keep up with Mason. The boys giggled as they chanted their favorite lines over and over, and we all stood there laughing, enjoying being silly.

They were very curious as to whether Bedbug would finally get to snooze and asked about the second book. "Mel, when is it coming? Can we get it right away? Will you keep some of the books for us?" I assured them that I would. "Is Bedbug kept awake again?" I winked at them and said I couldn't spill the beans and that they would just have to wait until book II came out to see whether Bedbug finally got to sleep tight.

Their mother, Crystal, snapped the captivating photo (above).

When book II was published, the boys were first in line to get their copies.

courtesy of C. McClure
Customer Sends in Pics
Thursday, May 26, 2016
A customer recently sent in some photos of the book and toys she received. She wanted these to give as gifts to children very near to her heart.

These were end-of-school gifts for her grandchildren, and she has related, they waited eagerly for them to arrive and were excited when they did.


More Books and Toys Under Production

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A peek into production as more toys and books are created.

Bedbug Toys Get Eyes
Printing of Book I
Printing of Book II

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

2015

Another Order From Japan for Books & Bugs
Interest continues to grow in the Bedbug series and a shipment will be soon be on its way to Japan.

Books and toy bedbugs are being produced in New Zealand.

The toys are made in an eight-stage process and are hand-sewn with careful attention to detail. Each bedbug toy is different. They are made from kid-friendly materials, and with bendable legs, are poseable.

Finished Toys in Bright Beds

Books + toys are available exclusively from Studio Seven Publishers.
Bilingual books can be purchased from Amazon Japan

Bedbug Coming Soon to Kindle 

Saturday, March 7, 2015


"Night, night, sleep tight."
The Bedbug books are slated for publication via Kindle and thus will go out across major book retailers, becoming available to an even wider audience.

I will announce matters as they progress.

The books are currently available in print versions at both U.S and Japan Amazon, as well as at other sites, but ebooks will, of course, allow for instant download.

Updates From Japan

Monday, March 9, 2015


Bilinguals a Hit with Kids & Parents
I'd mentioned in a recent post that another shipment of Bedbug books + toys was making its way to Japan. In today's post, I will share recent updates.

Sally Kanbayashi, an instructor of the English language for business people, also visits an elementary school once a month as a volunteer and reads bilingual books to kids. Sally read the bilingual Bedbug book in a read-aloud event and she reports an enthusiastic response. Sally has introduced the book at her site Sally's Diary. 

Ikuko Asoh-Rhodes also introduced her readers to the book at The Dazzling Stage.

Many thanks to these ladies who are sharing Bedbug over in Japan.

Bedbug Books Are Now at Kindle

Friday, May 8, 2015


"Night, night, sleep tight."
So far, book I and the Japanese-English bilingual are available at Kindle, U.S. and at Kindle Canada and across all Amazon sites.

Now, in addition to the printed books, readers can enjoy the Bedbug story via Kindle, which means, of course, they can receive their copy instantly.

It has been great to see this migration happening. In past years, the books appeared at different physical locations and across various online retailers, but now via Kindle, they will reach a worldwide audience.

The books are still available at other sites but the move to Amazon will support a global reach.

Bedbug in Gallery in Japan  

Monday, September 7, 2015

Another Photo in From Japan
 I asked if I could share this latest photo of the book and toy bug.

I understand that these books appear in Gallery Cafe George situated within a large company in Japan.

I'm delighted at the enthusiastic response over the book and bug and send a big thank you to all our fans in Japan.

It has been a joy to see children on another continent enjoying this bedtime story. Our translator has worked hard to get this book in front of the Japanese people and has presented it to schools and various organizations.

Bedbug Hits Bestseller List
October, 16, 2015
A short time ago, the Japanese-English Bilingual book hit the best seller list at Amazon, climbing towards the top and reaching #24.

These numbers go up and down frequently but it is always exciting when this happens.

The Japanese-English bilingual book with Romaji is available in both print and ebook editions at Amazon and also appears at Amazon Japan. It has been popular with Japanese children since it was released.

Our translator over in Japan has introduced the books and toys at schools and other places in Japan, not only as a bedtime story but as an aid for kids and adult learners of a second language.

 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sold Out of Book Packages

Today a lady came and bought the last two Bedbug book packages I had at the house. This was from the fourth shipment.

The ribbon-bound books with the bright orange bug have been popular since publication of the series back in 2009.

I will try to order more for 2015 but have heard from the publisher that the ribbon-bound books won't always be available.

The good news is that both small and large books will be produced in saddle-stitched versions.

Parents typically buy more of these books around Christmastime to give to their children as gifts, and this year has been no different. My supply of book II is dwindling, also, so I will definitely have to look at getting more books shipped to Canada in the coming year.

Myles and Mason Enjoy Bedbug

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Second Book Shipment to Japan

Today I received word that more Japanese-English bilinguals had been ordered, along with the toys, and that another shipment was being sent over to Japan.

This is the second shipment of bilinguals that has gone out to Japanese readers. Wonderful news!

To date, we've produced Japanese-English and Maori-English bilinguals of Bedbug book I. A Chinese-English version is also in the works.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Adorable Tot Used for Photo-Illustrations for First Bedbug Book

She Kept Bedbug From "Sleeping Tight" 
Child in Book I
This picture from one of our illustrators was too cute not to share. This precious little scamp was a couple of years older than this when she appeared as the child who prevented Bedbug from sleeping in book I.

In The Bedbug Who Wouldn't Bite, she was used as the subject for the photo-illustrations. She engaged in bedtime delaying tactics--wiggles, giggles, and shenanigans--and I think you'll agree, she was the perfect child to keep Bedbug from "sleeping tight."

She held out a book to Bedbug and was told:

"You'll be sorry if you ask for a story 
'Cause I'll just turn out the light..."

 She next jumped on the bed that Bedbug was curled on!


She asked Bedbug to fetch her a drink, and he told her, "For a bug that wouldn't be right."

Bedbug knew what would happen if he, a tiny bug, tried to juggle a glass full of water.

She next rattled her toys and made a horrible noise, and gave poor Bedbug a terrible fright.

You can see who was the real "pest" here.

She asked Bedbug for a snack. He knew that just like the water, to carry a snack upon his back would result in disaster.






And she was seen again towards the end of the story, when Bedbug said:

"Now, don't you wiggle
And please don't giggle,
Or you'll keep me awake tonight..."




Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bilingual Bedbug Book Appearing Across Japanese Sites


Following the shipment of the bilingual Bedbug book I to Japan, a number of Japanese sites have now listed the book in their collections, which means that it will be put in front of a large audience of readers.

Today's update provides the latest sites where the book has appeared or received a mention.

It's great to see the interest in this bilingual version and it is my hope that it is enjoyed by both younger and older readers.

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