Bee-Wigged – Cece Bell

  Bee-Wigged – Cece Bell, Candlewick Press, (9780763693121), c2008, 2017

Format: Paperback

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             

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