Swarm of bees /

by Snicket, Lemony [author.]; Alexander, Rilla [illustrator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.Edition: First edition.Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm.ISBN: 9780316392822; 0316392820.Subject(s): Bees -- Juvenile fiction | Bees -- Fiction | Fiction | Juvenile works | Picture books for children | Picture booksSummary: A horde of bees and a young boy race around town wreaking havoc on the townspeople.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

From the bestselling author of The Dark comes another brilliantly illustrated picture book that takes on an intense childhood emotion--this time, anger--in a rollicking, kid-friendly way. <br> Whether you're a kid or a bee, sometimes you feel so mad, you buzz around looking for people to sting and trouble to make. See how one boy, a swarm of bees, and a whole town can get riled up and then find a way to feel better through the comfort of unconditional love and community.<br> <br> Printed in a brilliant palette of primary colors, brimming with beautiful dots and stripes, Rilla Alexander's art sings. Not since David Shannon's No, David! have readers been given the pleasure of witnessing such uproariously terrible behavior, unbridled emotion, and ultimately, such comfort.

A horde of bees and a young boy race around town wreaking havoc on the townspeople.

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Horn Book Review

On the front endpapers, an angry-looking little boy is poised to throw a tomato at a beehive; on the title page, the bees (represented in aggregate in the stylized rubber-stamp-and-ink art as scores of dots of black and yellow) swarm out. The distressed offstage narrator addresses the bees (Swarm of bees! Swarm of bees!You are so angry! What will you do?) and follows the bees through the town, attempting to dissuade them from stinging people. Meanwhile, the boy proceeds on his way, pulling his wagon full of tomatoes, and begins to throw tomatoes at everyone the bees had left alone. The narrator is upset; the townspeople are upset; the bees continue to swarmand, now chased by everyone at whom he threw tomatoes, the boy runs for home. The spread that depicts this turn of events is one to linger over, as it pulls back to show the whole town, the bees path, the line of people chasing the boy, and the boy runningand introduces two crucial characters. We see a beekeeper, who subsequently captures the swarm of bees, now calm and ready to return to the hive; and we see the boys adult caretaker (a chef), who gives him a hug. It can feel good to be angry. It can feel better to stop. The book ends with the whole group enjoying a feast of pasta (with tomato sauce, of course) and, finally, with the boy cleaning up his mess. The cumulative-mischief/chase/feast plot recalls that of Vipont and Briggss classic Elephant and the Bad Baby (rev. 6/70)but with a message about anger. Its okay to feel like a swarm of bees sometimes as long as you express your anger less destructively; and sometimes you need a little help to let it go. martha v. Parravano March/April 2019 p 69(c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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