written and illustrated by Douglas Florian
2012 (Beach Lane Books)
Source: Orange County Library
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I could write a very nice review of UnBEElievables. But that is not what I want to do right now. As an aspiring author, I want to seethe with jealousy. Have it come out the top of my head and out my ears. I look at Douglas Florian and see incredible talent and it makes me sick. First, he writes fun poetry that students will love to read aloud. Look at this:
That's just great phrasing. Try saying it and not enjoy your tongue rolling and hearing these words. I knew you couldn't. Second, Florian's a great visual artist. His artwork is flat out cool. On the first page, you see bees spelling out the title of the first poem, Welcome against a backdrop of hexagons. In another illustration, the queen bee is wearing a crown and holding a scepter with a hive on the end. How hip is that? I can draw stick figures for my second grade students. I'm oozing with artistic talent. The piece de resistance (I did pay a little attention in high school French class) is that Douglas Florian thought to add paragraphs of informational text in addition to the poetry and artwork. With Queen Bee, he teaches readers about royal jelly, and how queen bees lay 2,000 eggs. This is a complete package of nonfiction writing.
Seriously, Florian is a terrific children's book author and illustrator. I've reviewed three of his books and I like each one of them immensely. I wish I could have had books like these when I was a kid. There I go again. I really need to work on this jealousy issue of mine.