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Beegu
     

Beegu

by Alexis Deacon
 

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In this fresh and inventive second picture book, from the author of the popular Slow Loris, meet Beegu, a beguiling character with three eyes and long, floppy ears…

Beegu is not supposed to be on Earth. She is lost. She is a friendly little creature, but the Earth People don’t seem very welcoming at all. However, so far she has only met the

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In this fresh and inventive second picture book, from the author of the popular Slow Loris, meet Beegu, a beguiling character with three eyes and long, floppy ears…

Beegu is not supposed to be on Earth. She is lost. She is a friendly little creature, but the Earth People don’t seem very welcoming at all. However, so far she has only met the BIG ones. The little ones are a different matter.

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From the Publisher
“Alexis Deacon’s illustrations, with their stark, empty backgrounds, allow the almost luminous Beegu to stand out. This gives the lost creature an authentically childlike perspective, making her rejection and isolation all the more telling.”
Guardian
Publishers Weekly
Beegu, a winsome, banana-yellow alien with floppy ears that trail on the ground, crash-lands on earth and sets off in search of her mother. Deacon's (Slow Loris) simple text follows Beegu on her wanderings; skillful pacing incorporates full-bleed spreads plus panel and spot illustrations, and the artwork emphasizes the dolefulness of earth, the city's gray gutters and stark fences. Beegu snuggles with a litter of puppies and joins a schoolyard full of children at recess, but the dog-shelter owner and a forbidding primary school teacher put an end to her short-lived fun. A desolate illustration depicts Beegu alone, stretched out under the night sky. When her parents come at last to rescue her, beaming up Beegu to their spaceship in a bath of green light, she tells them of her adventure (expressed as a word balloon filled with exotic-looking hieroglyphics). "Earth creatures were mostly big and unfriendly," Beegu tells them, "but there were some small ones who seemed hopeful." She gazes wistfully out the spaceship window at the receding earth: "Beegu would always remember those small ones." Beegu's black outline and solid yellow center evoke a celestial simplicity, and affectingly contrast with the solidly inked, earthbound human figures. The accomplished artwork underscores the children's easy acceptance of Beegu and highlights the book's uplifting message that acts of kindness have lasting effects. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Beegu's spaceship crashes, and she finds herself on the Planet Earth. She "was not supposed to be here. She was lost." Each time she attempts to make friends, the big "creatures" (adults) were "unfriendly, but there were some small ones who seemed hopeful." Long-eared, three-eyed, yellow Beegu stands out as very different from the earth animals and people in their subdued-colored clothing. She is full of energy and expression, and is a very appealing alien. Deacon uses color effectively in creating mood. White backgrounds are found on pages of hope—where children are playing with Beegu; when she thinks she hears her mother calling; and when she is reunited with her parents. In a brief text, Deacon presents a strong message about acceptance and hope for the future. This short picture book could be used by older students as a discussion starter. 2003, Farrar Straus and Giroux, Ages 4 to 8.
— Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Children will sympathize with Beegu, a cuddly, yellow extraterrestrial, when her spaceship crashes and strands her far from home. While looking for some friends, the lost alien thinks she hears her mother calling and is led into a big city where, instead, she finds a box of puppies that welcome her; she curls up with them to sleep. Then a man from the stray dog shelter finds her in the box and turns her out. Forced to continue her sad journey, Beegu comes upon a playground filled with happy children and joins them in play until another adult rejects her, sending her out once more to wander in the strange world. Finally, her parents arrive to rescue her and she tells them of her experiences, speaking fondly of the small Earth creatures who were so friendly and full of hope. The quirky, economical illustrations aptly reflect the lonely mood of this touching story. Beegu, with her floppy ears and three little eyes, is an appealing character who conveys a message about the importance of accepting those who are different and of remaining hopeful.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780099417446
Publisher:
RHCB
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile:
AD340L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Alexis Deacon graduated from the University of Brighton with a first class degree in Illustration. Beegu is his second picture book.

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