zBeetle Queen Book Tour!


Beetle Queen     MG with Beetle

 Chicken House | Paperback £6.99 | Published 6th April 2017


M. G. Leonard will be on tour to spread the word about BEETLE QUEEN with her brand new Entomophagy (eating insects) event which is one of the main themes in the book. There is a fantastic film here on why eating insects could be the best thing for the environment and how we, in western society, used to eat insects but have just become squeamish and need to start trying them again.


In her event, M. G. Leonard will ask the children: Would you eat an insect? Should we eat bugs? M. G. Leonard will have some edible insects with her and even munch one in front of the children! 


Beetle Queen Event - M. G. Leonard will give a brief introduction to the human characters, heroes and villains, the setting, and the plot of the book, with a refresher about Beetle Boy. She will also discuss metamorphosis, entomophagy, and how the natural world can provide great inspiration for writing stories, and our responsibility to that world. Her talk inludes a slideshow, with video gifs of beetles in action, a lively dramatic reading from her book, Q&A, and book signing. Maya will be brightly dressed, full of energy and her infectious enthusiasm for beetles. She brings taxidermy beetles, edible insects and props.

Fee:  WAIVED! During the publicity book tour Chicken House will cover travel and accommodation costs and there will be no fee. In exchange we would expect excellent promotion of book sales ahead of the event and for the parents of all attending students to be informed that books will be available for sale. (PGBB will provide schools materials to assist with pre-event publicity, on-line and in-school pre-ordering, etc.)

Audience: Minimum size 250 + (no maximum) the more the merrier! Ages 9 - 11 years old, Yrs 4 - 6.

Equipment Requirements: PowerPoint facilities.


Beetle Boy was the breakout children’s debut of 2016 and now, the beetles are back in the hotly anticipated sequel, Beetle Queen! Beetle Boy was the first in M.G Leonard’s ‘Beetle trilogy’: A top 10 bestseller in the UK children’s chart, and Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month with over 50k copies sold to date, rights sold in 35 territories across the world, widespread critical acclaim and comparisons to Roald Dahl.

Beetle Boy


‘I loved Beetle Boy. It is at once engaging, creepy (bound to be), funny and full of excitement. Truly great storytelling.’ 


‘. . . what really makes this book memorable is the supporting cast, researched in fascinating detail . . . The discovery that a seemingly powerless band of creatures can be possessed of such skill, beauty and strength should keep this gem on many a bedroom and library shelf
for years to come.’

‘Her dialogue is dark and punchy and her plot thrilling: in the end you can do nothing but hail her as an original new voice in children’s literature.’

'The children could not stop talking about beetles after Maya's event. They loved it!”
- Sam, Teacher from The Mead, Trowbridge

Beetle Boy was selected for the DAILY TELEGRAPH’s Top 50 Books of the Year, THE GUARDIAN's best children’s books of 2016, NEW YORK LIBRARY’s Top 100 Children Books of 2016 and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Best Books of 2016, nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2017 and shortlisted for the BOOKS ARE MY BAG Readers Awards 2016. 


M. G. Leonard is the author of Beetle Boy and Beetle Queen and is still overcoming her fear of all things creepy crawly. She has a first-class honours degree in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare Studies from Kings College London. She works as a freelance Digital Media Producer for clients such as the National Theatre and Harry Potter West End, and has previously worked at the Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe. Leonard spent her early career in the music industry running Setanta Records, an independent record label, and managing bands, most notably The Divine Comedy. After leaving the music industry, she trained as an actor, dabbling in directing and producing as well as performing, before deciding to write her stories down. Leonard lives in Brighton with her husband, two sons and her pet rainbow stag beetle.