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BEE & BIRD by Craig Frazier


by Craig Frazier & illustrated by Craig Frazier

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: May 10th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59643-660-2
Publisher: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook

A bee and bird travel from tree and truck to boat and beehive; the likable pair are the perfect guides to this wordless work on perspective.

A bright-red triangle peeks from the corner of a spread dominated by black and yellow stripes. This evolves into a bee riding a bird’s head (the red triangle, it turns out, was that little bit of bird readers could see beyond the abdomen of the highly magnified bee). The bird sits on a branch—of a tree—on a truck and so on, the illustrator's "camera" pulling back further with each page turn to reveal more and more. Frazier’s images create a quaint narrative as the previous page’s patterns are represented in a new context on the following page. With each spread, Bee and Bird’s journey unfolds, and the perspective puzzle is pieced together. Done in Frazier’s signature style, the illustrations are filled with simple, bold patterns in primary colors, and everything is thoughtfully abstracted into geometric patterns and shapes. However, here fans of Frazier’s Stanley and Hank books will feel a lack of joyful freedom in the forms, as his artwork appears to be restricted by the confines of concept.

Still, pleasant and cheery, it is an interesting and urbane read. (Picture book. 2-6)