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Beegu

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,601 ratings  ·  302 reviews
The story of an alienated alien

Beegu' spacecraft is stranded on Earth. Now she is lost and wandering. Waiting for a rescue signal from her mother, she fails to make friends with the strange creatures she encounters. Rabbits don't seem to understand her; windblown leaves won't stay still to listen. But at last, on a school playground, Beegu discovers a group of fantastic co
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2003 by Editorial Kókinos
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Abigail
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hopeful Little Earth Creatures
Recommended to Abigail by: Max
Shelves: picture-books, aliens
When a little alien named Beegu - who looks rather like a three-eyed yellow rabbit, with long floppy ears - crash lands on Earth, she has trouble making herself understood by the locals, who seem either indifferent or unfriendly. Lost and alone, she searches for a place of shelter in this unwelcoming place, eventually finding a warm bed with a group of puppies, left in a box outside an animal shelter. But even this refuge is denied her, in the morning, when the shelter worker reacts poorly to fi ...more
Louise
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The absolute cutest story- discussed in a lecture about how the illustrations represent the feelings of Beegu. Would be a lovely story to share with EAL children, about how we speak different languages and some may feel the struggle of not being understood. Absolutely loved this story!! So so cute
lark benobi
Along with The Doll's House by Rumer Godden, this child's picture book demonstrates the aristotelian concept of "catharsis" as well as any other work of drama/fiction I've encountered, and shows exactly how powerful children's literature can be. ...more
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all young children; ET fans
Recommended to Lisa (not getting friends updates) by: Abigail A.
Oh, this is so cute. Charming with a capital C.

Beegu is a very endearing character, a young alien who searches for its mother, and for local friends. I love how the children and puppies in this story are so welcoming to Beegu and it’s a big part of this story how the adults are not so welcoming. I love the happy ending. It’s so much fun seeing Beegu’s take on life on earth and its inhabitants and on its objects. It’s amusing and poignant the facts of earth life that Beegu misunderstands. The ill
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Francesca Lee
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I really liked this book. It is about an alien who's spaceship landed on Earth therefore she is lost. The story is about her trying to find her way back home travelling through a city coming across what life on Earth is like. Everybody looks at her so strangely it makes her look very sad and low.

I think this book can stimulate a great discussion between children and the class teacher. They could talk about the scenery on each page and how Beegu is feeling. They could talk about the front cover a
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Clare Neale
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beegu tells the tale of an adorable little three-eyed alien who unexpectedly finds herself alone on Earth after her spacecraft crash-lands, leaving her stranded. Feeling bewildered and alone as she awaits a rescue signal from her mother Beegu sets off to find friends with the strange creatures she comes across. Ignored by both the rabbits and leaves she seeks friendships from the adults she finds in the city of London, only to be dismissed. Sad and alone she finds comfort in a box of abandoned p ...more
Laura Noto
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This picture book for 1st-4th graders says a lot without much print. It is about Beegu, an adorable alien, who gets lost on Earth. She doesn’t understand anything about Earth. She is lonely, confused, and sad. The pictures show her reaching out to adults only to be ignored. At one point she finds comfort with some abandoned puppies that all cuddle up to her. Then an adult from an animal shelter finds Beegu and it is obvious that, “Beegu wasn’t wanted there.” Later in the story Beegu befr
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u1124876 UEL
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have seen this story read to a class of year 2 pupils and it was totally captivating for both boys and girls. It can lead to discussions about confusion, loneliness, abandonment, getting lost and the way people treat each other. The gorgeous illustrations makes it accessible to EAL (English as an additional language)and SEN (Special Educational Needs) children and as the story is so simple it is ideal for children to act this out in role play.

Beegu is an alien who is lost on our planet and no
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Amie Pople
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Quite a sad theme throughout the story about being lost and in a foreign place on your own. The main character Beegu struggles to find someone who will 1) listen to them and 2) help them. The story unravels to reveal that although the adult humans weren’t very helpful or even nice to Beegu, the children on Earth were. This is shown as Beegu is seen to play with human toys and even given a hula hoop to keep by the children which she befriends at a school.

I felt that this book had a resemblance t
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(NS) Panagiota Angelos
Oct 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Beegu is a small alien who captured my heart from the start. Beegu, an adorable creature, crash-lands into planet Earth. She feels lost and scared and tries to make the best of the situation, so she attempts to make friends. She is unsuccessful when she attempts to talk to the trees, leaves and rabbits. Beegu finally finds some comfort when she curls up with several puppies in a box until a human tosses her out. Then she encounters young kids on the playground who accept her as a friend; that is ...more
Aymin Silva
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beegu is an all round great book. Although the plot is relatively simple- alien lands on Earth, tries to find friends, rescued by parents, tells them about her short time on Earth- there is so much that can be taken from this and the poignant pictures on each page. The pictures are very well done with the format changing page-to-page, some are a comic strip style, others have a small illustration and others take up the whole page.
The story could be used to teach children about those who are dif
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Jess Peck
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beegu is a bright yellow, strange looking creature from another planet who somehow gets lost on earth. She is scared, lonely and confused and begins to wander around the near by city in hope to find some friends to care for her. The only friends she can find are a litter of puppies in a school yard filled with children. Unfortunately a dog shelter owner and a primary school teacher put a stop to her adventure in the school and again is left to be alone. After a while of being isolated from creat ...more
Cleo Jones
I loved this book! It is a truely wonderful and emotional story from start to finish. Beegu is a little alien that gets lost on Earth and is left frightened and alone. She tries to comunicate and form friendships although she is often pushed away, due to her being misunderstood and different. Finally she finds some children on the playground that welcome her, suggesting that children are much more open- minded as they have fewer misconceptions. An important book which could be used for so many d ...more
Victoria
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a lovely read, accompanied by some wonderful illustrations. Beegu experiences different environments/places on earth and expresses different feelings throughout his stay on earth. This creates many discussion points. A great book for primary aged children.
Kay Lea
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great for KS1 and English. Art work is great, can really imagine what Beegu may be feeling. Lots of discussion to follow.
Philippa Smith
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Very well written book. Lots to think about and can create a lot of class activities from it.
Bethy Clarke
Beautiful illustrations and lovely moral to the story!
Links to feeling lost, alienated, EAL/new pupils, 'stranger danger', social anxiety, new friendships etc.
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Laura Stefanovic
This story was lovely storing which, when studying more closely, implied many more messages that what first met the eye.

This book was extremely emotional from start to finish and therefore enabled children to feel empathy and a sense of emotion. Also, it is a good book to read during class as when the alien was feeling isolated and lonely, when he went to visit school children in the playground they were very lovely to her wanted to play with her; which could be relateable to the children in the
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Ellie
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I read this book in a PGCE English seminar with my group. We were asked to view the front cover and give our initial thoughts on the cover. What is happening? What is the setting? Who is Beegu and why is she there?

As I began reading the story, I formed an emotional attachment to Beegu and her experiences. She is lost and alone on an unfamiliar planet, and is faced with adults who do not accept her and dismiss her immediately. However, when she finds children, they are willing to include her and
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Emily Grant
The central plot of this story was of an alien lost on a new planet (earth). The Alien who felt lonely and scared tried to seek companionship from the people on earth. Yet, many people rejected the Alien, because he was ‘different’. At last, the lonely Alien found a small group of children, who accepted the Alien regardless his differences. Nevertheless, fear of others drives the Alien away. In the end the Alien finds their mother and explains how earth people are cruel and rejecting but suggest ...more
Holly Round
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Story centres around an Alien coming to Earth and finding it difficult to find a place to fit in; with everywhere he goes, he is turned away and rejected. Luckily, he is welcomed in by school children before returning home to his parents.

The story is a great one to use with all ages, with the lesson behind it being to accept everyone for who they are. With this message behind it, I feel it can be read to any children whether they are four or eleven, there can be clear discussions after and
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Lucy B
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The cutest story book teaching children about acceptance as Beegu (the little alien character) becomes stranded on earth. Away from his mother, he seeks to find a sense of belonging across different environments on earth. The illustrations beautifully demonstrate the different emotions Beegu feels throughout the story, with his ears moving up and down just like a puppy dog when they’re happy or sad.
Megan Ledbetter
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading and using this book to work with children. The story about the creature Beegu landing on earth and not knowing where his family are, he is just searching for someone to accept him. The illustrations are brilliant and therefore useful to look at with children because they link clearly with the story and can express emotions to children. It can show children to importance of accepting everyone.
Ruth
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This story is just so endearing. I love it when Beegu finds some friends, the puppies and snuggles up happily with them, and the scene with the children. Beautiful illustrations of children. I love the scene where she is reunited with her parents and she retells her experiences in her special language, the pictographs are great in her speech bubble.
Isobel
Beegu a curious creatures searches earth for his mother and meets friends on the way soon he realises that earth is not the place for him. He soon notices that he belongs up in space. The book was intriguing because the character is not probably introduced and therefore it leaves the reader thinking what kind of creature beegu is .
Libby Haydon
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book that really encourages the imagination. Children can indentify with the main character as she feels lost and looking for her mum. The illustrations are enchanting and you get lost in the pitcures.
Tara Harries
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely picture book about feeling isolated and not belonging. Having only a sentence or two on each page really draws the reader into the pictures which are a good talking point for how Beegu is feeling at different points in the book.
Jessica Maitland
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I connected with this book a lot, feeling left out and not knowing. The pictures really connected to words both telling the story side by side. I thought there could have been more of the story as I did not want to put it down. I enjoyed reading this story and happily read it to my class.
Emma
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely pictures with subtle details such as her emotions being portrayed through her ears. It has scope to be studied in drama too for children to consider her emotions and develop empathy towards her.
Georgina Peachey
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
Brilliant book to use with children, can be used across topics with many links to themes surrounding refugees/ trying to fit in to a new place.
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Alexis Deacon is an acclaimed author and illustrator. Beegu and Jitterbug Jam, both of which he illustrated, were named as New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year. He lives in London.

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