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Beegu
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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
on 9 August 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
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
on 9 January 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
on 21 November 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2007
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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2009
This is a beautifully written, and beautifully illustrated, book. And our 18 month old loves it. The story contains themes which affect children (and adults): difference, exclusion, communication. The illustrations show what it is like to be surrounded by adults, who frequently forget or do not see what it is to be like in the shoes of a small person. And it also reminds adults that we could learn to be more open-minded like our children.

Truly deserves to become a classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2009
Beegu

This story is very much loved by my two and a half year old granddaughter. We have read it many many times and was brought for her as she was always choosing it at the library. It enforces the fact that Mommy always returns ( very good when Mommy has just returned to work). Lovely story and lovely pictures.
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