Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? Jerry Bee is an enormous human-sized bee. He loves people, but unfortunately, people are afraid of him. “For one thing, he was a bee. For another, he was the most enormous bee anyone had ever seen. A sting from a bee Jerry’s size would really hurt. So people stayed away.” One day, Jerry finds a wig and when he puts it on, people think he is a boy. Delighted, Jerry goes to school and makes lots of friends. But when his wig blows off, everyone runs. All except his wig, which turns out to be a guinea pig named Wiglet. Wiglet tells everyone that Jerry has never stung anyone and reminds them of all of his great qualities as a friend. Now Jerry is accepted for who he is and he can be himself. This is a good choice for introducing young children to themes of self-esteem and acceptance. It is also a funny story and readers will love the bright cartoon-like illustrations.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a good choice for units on tolerance and beings oneself.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 7/23/17