Book review: Bee-wigged, by Cece Bell

Bell, Cece. Bee-Wigged.  Candlewick Press, 2008. $6.99. ISBN 9780763693121. Unpaged. Ages 4-9. P8 Q9.  

Jerry Bee tries to make friends, yet people are scared because he is an enormous bee.  When he finds a “wig” and wears it, he then is able to make friends.  He shows kindness and does many things that change his life.  When the “wig” comes off, others are again afraid.  The “wig” explains, and he is then able to have friends who like him as a big bee.  There is some play on the word “be” (example: beeline) and humor.  The book has the lesson and theme of accepting people that are different.  Fun endpapers have the yellow and black stripes of bees.  Illustrations have a great variety with being double page spreads or in ovals that are similar shaped to the bee, and talk bubbles are used.

Verdict: Great read aloud provoking discussion about friendships and developing level of vocabulary.

June 2017 review by Deborah Gwynn.

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