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Beegu

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Beegu finally finds some comfort when she curls up with several puppies in a box until a human tosses her out. T, a young alien that had become separated from their family and lost on, what was to them, an alien planet, however befriends a group of children and is soon to be reunited by their family. It can lead to discussions about confusion, loneliness, abandonment, getting lost and the way people treat each other.

Beegu is a bright yellow, strange looking creature from another planet who somehow gets lost on earth. Beegu and Jitterbug Jam, both of which he illustrated, were named as New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year.

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 second picture-book I have read from Alexis Deacon (the first being Slow Loris) - an English author/artist whose work has been strongly recommended to me by a friend and fellow children's literature enthusiast - Beegu is a deceptively simple story, one that flawlessly blends word and image to create a poignant tale of being adrift in a strange new world. Ignored by both the rabbits and leaves she seeks friendships from the adults she finds in the city of London, only to be dismissed. The beautifully simplistic illustrations convey a lot of emotion, and children and adults alike will be able to interpret when Beegu is happy and sad. Then she encounters young kids on the playground who accept her as a friend; that is until a teacher comes and kicks her off the playground.

The illustrations beautifully demonstrate the different emotions Beegu feels throughout the story, with his ears moving up and down just like a puppy dog when they’re happy or sad. The rest of the story offers good lessons on friendship and parental teaching as Beegu is redeemed in the end. Finally she finds some children on the playground that welcome her, suggesting that children are much more open- minded as they have fewer misconceptions. 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! 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.The gorgeous illustrations makes it accessible to EAL (English as an additional language)and SEN (Special Educational Needs) children and as the story is so simple it is ideal for children to act this out in role play. I love the scene where she is reunited with her parents and she retells her experiences in her special language, the pictographs are great in her speech bubble. The loneliness felt by Beegu is heartfelt and I believe a lot of children will be able to empathise with her emotions at being a stranger in a new environment. After a while of being isolated from creatures the same as her, a big ship which had her parents in, came to rescue her. I enjoyed the style of the images, which seemed to echo through colour the mood Beegu was in throughout the story e.

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