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Beegu [Paperback]

Alexis Deacon
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 July 2004
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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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099417448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099417446
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An absolute treasure, full of visual metaphor and riches which reveal themselves more and more at each reading" (Valerie Coghlan Inis)

"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" (Publishers Weekly)

"Alexis Deacon's atmospheric illustrations capture the pathos of being an outsider" (Julia Eccleshare Guardian)

"Moving and heart-warming" (Financial Times)


Alexis Deacon is an outstanding young artist whose illustrations give

extraordinary depth and meaning to a very simple story

" (Mail on Sunday)

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Alexis Deacon's second picture book is as wonderfully fresh and inventive as his first

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Firm Bedtime Favourite 7 Jan 2005
My 3 year-old demands Beegu at bedtime most nights. It's a simple and heartwarming story, but what makes it stand out is the superb quality of the illustration. The subdued palette and the deft drawing is far superior to the run-of-the-mill children's book artwork. I also love the way Beegu is ignored, overlooked, rejected by all the adults - appealing to a child's sense that only the small people can see and appreciate the otherworldly. I think Beegu's experience stranded on earth shows rather nicely what the knee-high view of what urban life must be like for toddlers: a see of hostile ankles and briefcases and no room to move.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So touching... 9 Aug 2009
This is one of the most poignant children's picture books out there. The story of Beegu's separation from his parents and his alien-ation on planet earth is incredibly moving, the illustrations are lovely and the prose is very simple and spare yet all the more eloquent for that. As for Beegu - he is adorable without being in any way cute or sentimentalised, although he is clearly as much a lost puppy as a lost alien. My five year old daughter adores the story, and it's a testament to its power that although I read it to her often I can never get to the end without my voice catching and the words suddenly blurring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not meant to be here. 6 Sep 2008
I rarely review my children's books - but this is one of those few books which is something bit special.

This story of a stranded young alien on Earth is brought to life by excellent artwork. The illustrations perfectly capture the emotive situations, be it a cute image of a vulnerable Beegu cuddled up in a box with abandoned puppies, or the excited Beegu with his massive ears sticking up when encountering playful children.

This is short book, but it is very poignant. It's almost heart-breaking at times, but as it's a children's bed-time story - you know it'll have a happy ending.

This is my first experience of Alexis Deacon, but I'm quite a fan of Oliver Jeffers (see Lost and Found, and The Way Back Home) and 'Beegu' provides that same level of luscious humorous artwork along with a story that makes story-time something for us daddies to look forward to as well.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect! 9 Jan 2004
This book is almost as good as Alexis Deacon's first book Slow Loris (which IS perfect). Beegu is a lovely character who young children find appealing, yet the author manages not to fall into the trap of being too cutesy. A refreshing new look for children's picture books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book 21 Nov 2009
What a wonderful book. I read the story of Beegu to my friend's child and the whole school during assembly! All the children loved it, the illustrations are beautiful and the story heartwarming! Even the 11 year old in school were captivated and loved the idea that the 'big' people on Earth were far less pleasant than the small ones. For those teachers who are into Philosophy for Children this is a great starting point for a lesson and for parents this is a lovely book about love, acceptance and the need for friends!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 7 Oct 2007
By Bugbear
I never tire of reading this book to my 3y.o. The illustrations jump out at you (especially the page with the children in the playground). It's a simple story with a lovely message for both young and old (although speaking as an oldie, the message for me is a little sad because of the truth in it).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Little Book 10 Nov 2003
Beegu is a delight, and really brings home the fact that the read-aloud/early years sector in children's publishing has been languishing rather of late. There need to be more books like Beegu published. The illustrations are gorgeous, the story simple, clear, touching and humorous. A truly lovely offering.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beegu shows it as it is!! 17 Jan 2010
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For me, the feel of the book is too downbeat, not at all what I expected.
We see that children are prepared to embrace the unknown - an excellent message. However, the other equally clear message is that grown ups ignore ,or -worse- turn away the unknown.
Try explaining to a 3 year old why people abandon puppies, why they turn away a beautiful lost alien, why they are too busy to care. Why not put off facing such questions, and exposing children to tough realities to a later date...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching story
I bought this to use with my year 1 and thought I'd test it out on my four year old son. He really enjoyed the story and it created lots of discussion points about being lost and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Beegu.
One of the most beautiful children's books with lovely words and pictures. I favourite among all my children.
Beegu is right children are so much nicer than grown ups.
Published 2 months ago by Michelle Molloy
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book
I have read this story to a class of year 3 children and they really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by Nikki_550
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most inspiring stories I have read to my class for a long...
Beautiful story, lots of potential for developing story writing with my class of six year olds, who also showed great empathy for Beegu and loved the book.
Published 8 months ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
This book has been studied in our Year 1 and 2 classes this term. The children loved the story and pictures. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Claire R
4.0 out of 5 stars You feel for the little man!
As an alien book, it teaches kids the right way to get on with other people. Lots of hidden meanings.
Published 9 months ago by flink
4.0 out of 5 stars Good illustration , nice to read
Illustration of this book is very beautiful and captures movement very well.
Words are selected carefully ,so it is smooth to read loudly. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Greg M
4.0 out of 5 stars simple but lovely
Ordered this book to do some Literacy work with my Year 6 class. It's a lovely picture book and my pupils were able to develop their descriptive writing.
Published 16 months ago by Tambo48
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I was planning on using this book for a story to read to a reception class, but I just didn't feel it was very suitable. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Claudiaemma
5.0 out of 5 stars Beegu
Of all books my son has been given, this is, by far, my favorite. He had it as a being born present and still reads it now, coming up to
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