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Beak & Ally. 1, Unlikely friends

Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award winner! “What do you get when you cross a crusty alligator and a perky bird? A surprising friendship you’ll be sure to cheer for. Beak and Ally is a warm, funny winner!” —Terri Libenson, author of the New York Times bestselling Emmie & Friends series

A brand-new early reader graphic novel series about finding friendship in unexpected places! This fun and funny buddy comedy is perfect for fans of Narwhal & Jelly, emerging readers, and all kids who love comics.

Ally the alligator is perfectly happy being alone . . . until one day a noisy bird named Beak lands on her snout.

Beak thinks Ally is lonely and needs a friend. He has all sorts of friendship goals in mind, like riding bikes together, going to the movies together, and even solving mysteries together! But when a Long-Billed Party Pooper crashes Beak’s nest-warming party, Ally decides to show Beak something important to her: sticking up for what’s right.


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An alligator introvert and a boisterous blue songbird build a new friendship. Ally, a bright green alligator, enjoys a life of solitude in the clear blue swamp. This peace and quiet, however, is upended when extrovert Beak moves into the neighborhood. A “Yellow-Bellied Fee Boo bird,” Beak was “born to sing” and is delighted to have someone new to befriendâ€"whether Ally wants to be befriended or not. Although they agree that their only commonality is that they “were both hatched from eggs,” Beak is sure they should be friends. When his newly built nestâ€"and nest-warming partyâ€"is hijacked by a “Long-Billed Party Pooper,” an antagonistic gray bird, Ally decides to stand up for Beak and intimidate the Party Pooper into scramming. Beak’s steamrolling of the unwilling Ally is played up for humor, but readers with strong social-emotional skills may find themselves made uncomfortable by Beak’s unwillingness to take no for an answer. Feuti’s art is bright and expressive. Clean lines, plenty of white space between panels, and a clear narrative arc with three short chapters make this a solid choice for emerging readers. This series opener is cute, but it delivers a dubious message on boundaries. (Graphic fiction. 6-10) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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