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Beegu

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This book points out the difference between rigid, judgmental adults and welcoming children from an outsider’s perspective.

This book teaches the importance of being kind to others and welcoming others into a new environment. With this message behind it, I feel it can be read to any children whether they are four or eleven, there can be clear discussions after and during the story in terms of their comprehension of it and what the important factors were.Unfortunately a dog shelter owner and a primary school teacher put a stop to her adventure in the school and again is left to be alone. Feeling bewildered and alone as she awaits a rescue signal from her mother Beegu sets off to find friends with the strange creatures she comes across.

But the only friendly people she comes across are the children, while the big Earth creatures just don’t seem to understand. Along with The Doll's House by Rumer Godden, this child's picture book demonstrates the aristotelian concept of "catharsis" as well as any other work of drama/fiction I've encountered, and shows exactly how powerful children's literature can be. I enjoyed the style of the images, which seemed to echo through colour the mood Beegu was in throughout the story e. I looked through some books I had packed away to go up to the attic today, they’re all coming back to the book shelves, this one is lovely!There is an illustration of Beegu cuddled up in a warm cardboard box with some puppies which is simply gorgeous. Although the plot is relatively simple- alien lands on Earth, tries to find friends, rescued by parents, tells them about her short time on Earth- there is so much that can be taken from this and the poignant pictures on each page.

Here she seems sad from the way her, what looks like ears, are drooped back like a sad dog, as well as sadness in her eyes. The story unravels to reveal that although the adult humans weren’t very helpful or even nice to Beegu, the children on Earth were. The cutest story book teaching children about acceptance as Beegu (the little alien character) becomes stranded on earth. Finally she finds some children on the playground that welcome her, suggesting that children are much more open- minded as they have fewer misconceptions.

This story was requested again and again and again at bedtime and I never grew tired of this baby alien’s adventure.

I love it when Beegu finds some friends, the puppies and snuggles up happily with them, and the scene with the children. They appear to be done in water color and they are simple pictures, yet they convey a lot of emotion. She is scared, lonely and confused and begins to wander around the near by city in hope to find some friends to care for her. The story is about her trying to find her way back home travelling through a city coming across what life on Earth is like. They remind me of Allie Brosh’s dog illustrations that manage to pack so much expression into a line drawing.Alexis Deacon is one of Book Trust's ten Best New Illustrators, and Beegu was a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. The images of Beegu are a great aid to the readers in seeing just how different Beegu is and why he is having such difficulty in our world making friends. Alexis Deacon graduated from the University of Brighton, where he studied Illustration, gaining a first class honours degree. Beegu is a bright yellow, strange looking creature from another planet who somehow gets lost on earth.

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