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Furthermore, it suggests perceptions can be changed and if others can accept someone, we can do the same.

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. She feels lost and scared and tries to make the best of the situation, so she attempts to make friends.

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. Beegu's spirits are sinking lower than ever just as the mother ship arrives, in this simple, bittersweet picture book that shows us our world through the three eyes of an innocent outsider with the help of stylish art and a wry, understated text.

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. They remind me of Allie Brosh’s dog illustrations that manage to pack so much expression into a line drawing.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. 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. This is shown as Beegu is seen to play with human toys and even given a hula hoop to keep by the children which she befriends at a school. Her mother finds her and, again, another wonderful illustrations shows little Beegu reunited with her parents. 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.

The rest of the story offers good lessons on friendship and parental teaching as Beegu is redeemed in the end. This book teaches the importance of being kind to others and welcoming others into a new environment.The story is a great one to use with all ages, with the lesson behind it being to accept everyone for who they are. 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. The Story centres around an Alien coming to Earth and finding it difficult to find a place to fit in; with everywhere he goes, he is turned away and rejected.

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