It’s Art’s birthday, and he receives a brass spyglass from his grandfather, the respected insect circus ringmaster Sir Henry Piper. No sooner than his grandfather tells him to use the spyglass for only good purposes (no spying!), Art accidentally sees something he shouldn’t . . .
Enter a world of incredible delight and mischievous mystery, where snails, beetles, and bees make up one of the greatest spectacles on earth. Where humans and insects share the circus ring as friends and colleagues. And where a boy and a girl—with a little help from a pet ladybug—try to prevent one of the biggest bundles to hit the traveling insect circus circuit in years!
About the Author
Mark Copeland was born in the famous beetle-racing town of Epsom, Surrey, England. In the winter months, he likes to spend his time indoors, painting, writing, and making things. But when the summer comes, in company with his wife, Sarah, he tours the country entertaining the public with his “Grand Travelling Insect Circus Museum and Peep-Show Mechanical Menagerie.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The illustrations--by the author--are charming, and the conceit--a young boy works for an insect circus--is also charming, but the style felt clumsy and the characters one dimensional. Alas.
No matter the origin, The Bundle of Blackthorpe Heath is intriguing. Art always depicts and forecast what exists and becomes, and Copeland's art makes it's mark.The carney artwork speaks of the dominant species on the planet Earth - insects and humankind. This relationship is hoped and symbiotic - it is essential as the air we breathe. The power sharing nature of this duet is one of equals. Yes, on man's part mistakes have been made and admitted if not atoned and on heaven's level forgiven. It is hoped, more connectedness can be produced to insure clarity and minimize misunderstanding. Conscious intent and deliberate follow thru are required for our children's future. In this all our thoughts and prayers are held and lifted to heaven. Mark Copeland's The Bundle of Blackthorpe Heath is a wise choice for restarting a conversation about our place and promise in the universe. The journey continues.
About 25 years ago, when my wife and I were in out 20's and about to take our first trip to Europe, we had a friend who introduced us to the noted writer SJ Perleman. Sid was quite elderly but very spry and when he heard we were going to London told us that we should look up his friend Eric Lister who owned an art gallery near New Bond Street called the Portal Gallery. We did find the gallery and had a dinner with Eric who probably indulged us mainly due to his friendship with Perleman. The Portal Gallery was next to Asprey and across the street from designer Zandra Rhodes shop. It showed very quirk, offbeat artwork and since we were interested in this sort of thing, we visited the gallery many times during the next 20 years on our many trips to London. Time went by, Sid and then Eric Lister both died and on one visit I noticed the gallery was gone, replaced by an expansion of Asprey. About five years ago, I was in London on business and staying in an unfamiliar hotel. As I took a stroll on a balmy summer evening I was startled to find the Portal Gallery had moved to the little street I was walking in. I crossed the street to look at the painting in the window which featured a circus scene. (I have always been interested in circuses and sideshows).The painting was very beautifully done and as I looked closer, I realized it was full of insects doing tricks under a big top tent instead of people. It seemed absurd and I wend back to my hotel pleased I had been reacquainted with the gallery after so many years. The next day, I was drawn back and went inside where they were showing all of the insect circus paintings of artist Mark Copeland. Finding myself surrounded by them I was overwhelmed by the realization that Mark had created an absolutely fascinating fantast world where somehow he had made the ridiculous seem absolutely real. It was marvelous. Returning to my hotel room, I wrote him a long letter explaining my interest in his work and an idea I had that he could turn the world he had created into a book with my assistance. He agreed to meet with me on my next trip to the UK. We met and agreed to work together and two years later the result of that work is this wonderful little book. It has been a wonderful experience working with him and I hope you enjoy the book as much as I have enjoyed every minute I have been involved in helping to bring Mark's world to life.