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Beverlee Beaz the Brown Burmese
By Regan W.H. Macaulay
Illustrated by Alex Zgud

Mirror World Publishing
April 2019 / ISBN 978-1987976526
Children /Fiction / Animals

Reviewed by Leslie C. Halpern

 

This 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.

Reviewed 2018
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