picture book for young readers features Beverelee Beaz, an
adventurous cat that bolts out of the house one morning looking
for excitement. It’s an average, ordinary day as she
wanders past a meadow, some hills, the woods, and a river
bank. When she spots an orange and black monarch butterfly,
however, her adventure begins.
Beverelee imagines the butterfly is a fiery orange parrot
from the Amazon rainforest. She then encounters more animals
and uses her imagination to create exciting scenes. A rabbit
becomes a kangaroo; a frog becomes a Komodo dragon; and angry
bees become a flock of hungry Pterodactyls from the Jurassic
period. Overwhelmed by her imagination, Beverlee tries to
run away, but falls in the process, and is saved by a white
unicorn – or is it really a unicorn?
Cute watercolor illustrations enhance the book by showing
readers the real and pretend characters in the story. The
art uses lots of color and intricate details to depict action,
excitement, and the magic of imagination. The story teaches
children about different animals and reveals the fun of using
creative thought to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Using a comfortable mix of narrative and dialogue, the story
should delight young readers, many of whom could use a gentle
nudge to create their own fun and excitement beyond their
cell phones and video game consoles.