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Then an adult from an animal shelter finds Beegu and it is obvious that, “Beegu wasn’t wanted there. But the only friendly people she comes across are the children, while the big Earth creatures just don’t seem to understand. Beegu finally finds some comfort when she curls up with several puppies in a box until a human tosses her out. The story is a great one to use with all ages, with the lesson behind it being to accept everyone for who they are.

Beegu is a bright yellow, strange looking creature from another planet who somehow gets lost on earth. It would be an excellent book for teachers to use when welcoming new students into the classroom, encouraging the children to be considerate and make sure no one in the class feels anxious and isolated like Beegu. When a little alien named Beegu - who looks rather like a three-eyed yellow rabbit, with long floppy ears - crash lands on Earth, she has trouble making herself understood by the locals, who seem either indifferent or unfriendly. RAT LAW’ states that ‘Cheese Belongs To You’ – at least until someone bigger, stronger, faster, or scarier decides otherwise.Furthermore, it suggests perceptions can be changed and if others can accept someone, we can do the same. We loved the positive message that children generally accept differences more easily than adults and are more adaptable to change. I love it when Beegu finds some friends, the puppies and snuggles up happily with them, and the scene with the children. But even this refuge is denied her, in the morning, when the shelter worker reacts poorly to finding this strange creature on his doorstep.

They remind me of Allie Brosh’s dog illustrations that manage to pack so much expression into a line drawing. It has scope to be studied in drama too for children to consider her emotions and develop empathy towards her. 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. There are not too many words on each page, so this is suitable for the youngest child, but older children (and this adult) are likely to love it too.

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. The rest of the story offers good lessons on friendship and parental teaching as Beegu is redeemed in the end. These questions could be explored with the class a discussion and/or as an opportunity for the class to create their own narrative for the reasons behind these remaining puzzles.

The story is about her trying to find her way back home travelling through a city coming across what life on Earth is like. I would be interested to know why Beegu was travelling alone in the first place, as she appears to be a child, and how she ended up crashing onto Earth. 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.

The pictures are very well done with the format changing page-to-page, some are a comic strip style, others have a small illustration and others take up the whole page. 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.

She tells them all about how the big Earth creatures were unfriendly but the small ones seemed hopeful. After a while of being isolated from creatures the same as her, a big ship which had her parents in, came to rescue her. Deacon’s simple text and soft illustrations cleverly convey a child’s feelings of uncertainty and confusion when faced with new surroundings. 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. This is a fun, interesting and moving story with a happy ending, beautiful illustrations, colour palette and wonderful message.

Wandering once again, Beegu encounters a group of schoolchildren on the playground, who warmly welcome her into their midst - until the grownup in charge puts a stop to it.

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