From the get-go Beegu makes an impression, a sweet little alien sprawled dramatically across the bottom of the page, her crash-landed spaceship steaming in the background. The beautifully understated opening – Beegu was not supposed to be here’ – sets the tone for a moving story about a lost child looking for her mum, who finds acceptance and friendship along the way amongst the small ones’ of Earth, despite a hefty language barrier. With several pages that manage to speak volumes without any use of words, this is a book that will encourage your kids to think creatively about how different experiences might make us feel, whilst the unwelcoming attitudes of the adults in the story will no doubt give us bigger ones’ pause for thought.

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