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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. I have seen this story read to a class of year 2 pupils and it was totally captivating for both boys and girls. 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.

In the end the Alien finds their mother and explains how earth people are cruel and rejecting but suggested there was still an opportunity for change.

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. It has scope to be studied in drama too for children to consider her emotions and develop empathy towards her. Finally she finds some children on the playground that welcome her, suggesting that children are much more open- minded as they have fewer misconceptions. 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. RAT LAW’ states that ‘Cheese Belongs To You’ – at least until someone bigger, stronger, faster, or scarier decides otherwise.

I am likely to remember Beegu and sad that I’m one of the oldsters Beegu will not make a point of fondly remembering. Beegu tells the tale of an adorable little three-eyed alien who unexpectedly finds herself alone on Earth after her spacecraft crash-lands, leaving her stranded. 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 absolute cutest story- discussed in a lecture about how the illustrations represent the feelings of Beegu. Deacon’s simple text and soft illustrations cleverly convey a child’s feelings of uncertainty and confusion when faced with new surroundings.

Having only a sentence or two on each page really draws the reader into the pictures which are a good talking point for how Beegu is feeling at different points in the book. After a while of being isolated from creatures the same as her, a big ship which had her parents in, came to rescue her. 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.

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. Beegu and Jitterbug Jam, both of which he illustrated, were named as New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year. 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. She tells them all about how the big Earth creatures were unfriendly but the small ones seemed hopeful.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. The finches do the same thing every day: they say good morning, they say good afternoon and good night. The book was intriguing because the character is not probably introduced and therefore it leaves the reader thinking what kind of creature beegu is . But the only friendly people she comes across are the children, while the big Earth creatures just don’t seem to understand. 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.

She feels lost and scared and tries to make the best of the situation, so she attempts to make friends. Her mother finds her and, again, another wonderful illustrations shows little Beegu reunited with her parents. The cutest story book teaching children about acceptance as Beegu (the little alien character) becomes stranded on earth.We loved the positive message that children generally accept differences more easily than adults and are more adaptable to change. g. yellow surrounding the children, where Beegu seemed happy and having fun, and then dark greys and browns, where Beegu is walking along the busy sidewalk surrounded by what looks like many adults rushing by and ignoring her.

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