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.
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 â€œYellow-Bellied Fee Boo bird,â€ Beak was â€œborn to singâ€ 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 â€œwere both hatched from eggs,â€ Beak is sure they should be friends. When his newly built nestâ€"and nest-warming partyâ€"is hijacked by a â€œLong-Billed Party Pooper,â€ an antagonistic gray bird, Ally decides to stand up for Beak and intimidate the Party Pooper into scramming. Beakâ€™s steamrolling of the unwilling Ally is played up for humor, but readers with strong social-emotional skills may find themselves made uncomfortable by Beakâ€™s unwillingness to take no for an answer. Feutiâ€™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.