Bee & Me by Elle J. McGuinness illustrated by Heather Brown

Brilliant colored  illustrations combined with technology called animotion, will pull you in to this lovely book. For those ‘scanimation’ aficionados who enjoyed Rufus Butler Seder’s Gallop! Here is a similar book to enjoy. Bee Me goes a step beyond the primarily black and white moving pictures in Gallop! There are windows of multi-color flying bees, running dogs and moving humans in the midst of colorful illustrations. My children fought over control of this book the moment we got it home. We had to stretch the pages open wide to help get the mechanisms inside working, but once the thick pages were fixed, the action began! I loved that there was a storyline to follow (a lesson about fear and insects) in addition to the illustrations. I really enjoy the combination of animation and illustration and can’t wait to check out what this team comes up with next. Speaking of sequels . . . I can’t wait to check out Seder’s newest release, Swing! with a baseball player hitting a ball on the front cover. Baseball is a family past-time, not to mention one of America’s favorite sports, so I’m sure that this book will be a hit with my boys.

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