"I would list this under a younger pre-school age group…"
I would list this under a younger pre-school age group but Beegu is one of those picture books that stays with you and appeals to a broad age range. It is not only the story you remember but the feelings and the colours linger. And that is what makes this book so special. It is a very simple story, with few words - but Alexis Deacon's illustrations provoke immediate empathy for this little alien creature, Beegu, who is lost on Earth and can't find her parents.
With simple backgrounds and muted colours, Beegu is illuminated on the page, emphasising her difference and her isolation. She doesn't find Earth to be a very friendly place initially, no one understands her language, and adults either ignore her or send her on her way. Of course it is when she stumbles across children playing in the playground that she feels a moment of acceptance and friendship. But this is short lived when the teacher intervenes. Luckily at the end, Beegu is reunited with her parents - and my sons' eyes light up with relief and happiness that she is safe. I think we all feel the warmth and comfort of that last big hug.
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"A really enchanting book about a little alien who falls…"
A really enchanting book about a little alien who falls to Earth. Little ones will relate to the view of the world from a tiny perspective and parents will love the illustrations which are works of art in their own right! A moral tale too so that's good! Very poignant but a happy ending - gulp!Read moreLess