Review Blog

May 29 2013

Bea by Christine Sharp

cover image

UQP, 2013. ISBN 978 0 7022 4961 7.
(Age: 4+) Warmly recommended. Picture book. Being different. Bea the bird with long eyelashes and brightly coloured scarf around her neck, stands out from the flock. No digging for worms or pecking at ants, she'd prefer to be in the kitchen baking. While the other birds roost together and fluff their feathers, she'd prefer to dress up and go out to the disco: when the rest are wallowing in the rain, she melts into a bubble bath and when others are doing what birds do, she is up high in a hot air balloon exploring.
A neatly written story of being different, of following your own path, of being true to yourself, this handsome picture book will be a favourite amongst kids in the classroom and at home. A range of illustrating techniques and styles is sued to reflect the tale of Bea, while the differing pages will give all the readers a treat deciphering the technique used. I loved the mixture of photographs and coloured pencil, the collage effects and the pages set in the night with swirls of white showing the path of the stars like an map of the night sky.
Fran Knight

BUY IT NOW ON booktopia
Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
CBCA shortlists 2017
2017 ABIA longlist
The Stella Prize shortlist for 2017
YA Book Prize 2017 shortlist
Reading Children's book prize shortlist
Indie Book Awards 2017
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 shortlist
School Library Association Information Book Award 2017
2017 UKLA Book Awards shortlists
International Children's Book Day 2nd April, 2017
National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Science fiction and fantasy lists SAETA conference 2015
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates