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Babak the Beetle by Fred Paranuzzi

Babak the Beetle

by Fred Paranuzzi

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Babak the Dungbeetle has found an unusual lost egg in his travels and he is now determined to find the rightful owner of the egg. Babak the beetle will push the beloved egg all through the savanna trying to find what animal the egg could possibly belong to.

Funny and charming, Babak the Beetle will give you a new outlook on the little creature. His determination to return the egg will lead you through the habitats of the African Savanna. Babak asks the ostriches, cuckoos, frogs and snakes if the egg could possibly belong to them before being led to a strange place where people are hitting his egg into holes! While asking each of the animals about the egg, we learn a little about that animals real eggs. The pictures are simple and done in a dignified color scheme, fun to look at but letting you focus on Babak's journey.

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  Mishker | May 25, 2016 |
One morning Babak, the dung beetle, finds an abandoned egg and decides to look for its parents. He asks the ostrich, the cuckoo, and the frog, but nobody knows who the egg belongs to. He finally finds a snake who tells him the egg comes from a large field "over there". Without knowing it, Babak happily carries the egg towards the golf court. When he finally arrives he can see that many other eggs like the one he carries are laying everywhere, and he is absolutely terrified to see how the eggs' parent hit them with sticks, making them to fly and fall in holes. What a beastly behavior! No way he is leaving his egg here! Babak carries his egg back where he can take good care of it.

If I had to describe this book with one word, I would say "cozy". All about it gives me the feeling of an old book: its simple illustrations in only four colors, the font which reminds me of mimeographs, the pilgrimage style of the text. It looks like a book to treasure.

The text is both warm and humorous. And how not to love Babak so kind and gentle? I have always loved dung beetles, and Babak is now among my favorites.

Age range: 4 to 7 years old.

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  Sanlema | May 10, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0735842515, Hardcover)

One beetle’s trash is another beetle’s treasure! When Babak the little dung beetle finds an egg, he’s determined to find the owner. But he soon finds that this mysterious egg doesn’t belong to the ostrich, frog, or snake. What kind of egg is it?! Originally published in France, Fred Paronuzzi’s humorous tale paired with Andrée Prigent bright, graphic art is sure to bring on a good case of the giggles!

(retrieved from Amazon Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:01:28 -0500)

One beetle{u2019}s trash is another beetle{u2019}s treasure! When Babak the little dung beetle finds an egg, he{u2019}s determined to find the owner. But he soon finds that this mysterious egg doesn{u2019}t belong to the ostrich, frog, or snake. What kind of egg is it?!… (more)

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