Bea Rocks the Flock
Bea Rocks the Flock
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Hardcover, 9781599902609, 32pp.
Publication Date: May 12, 2009
Bea the sheep knows she's "ewe-nique" and when her flock doesn't want to put up with her antics any longer she decides to go her own way. Bea moves to the big city and tries every new job she can think of--including a cloud, a library lion, and more--until she finds the confidence to be herself again and return home...only to inspire her flock to be more unique themselves. This hilarious and surprising story reiterartes a familiar lesson without talking down to the reader. From Bea's hilarious expressions to the wacky predicaments she finds herself in, readers will be delighted with this fantastic new character and her bold personality.
Victoria Jamieson received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and worked as a children s book designer before becoming a full-time illustrator. She has also worked as a portrait artist aboard a cruise ship, and has lived in Australia, Italy, and Canada. She now lives with her family in Portland, Oregon, where she maintains a not-so-secret identity as Winnie the Pow, skater with the Rose City Rollers roller derby league.
“Tired of the repression inherent in the Rule of Sheepdom, “Sheep are not unique,” Bea does as she likes. But she can only stand the flock’s disapproval for so long before she decides to start a new life in the city. Although the city’s distinctive inhabitants impress her at first, Bea has trouble finding a place that is just right for her, until she wins the “Most Unique” award at a dog show. Recognizing that the Rule of Sheepdom might be wrong, she enthusiastically returns to the flock to encourage them to pursue their own one-of-a-kind talents. Jamieson’s message to “BEEEEEEEEEEEE yourself” is lightened by her riotously funny tongue-in-cheek acrylic illustrations. Bea’s backpack contents will have readers chuckling, as will her attempts at fitting in in the Big Apple. A bright spring palette makes the white sheep pop off the pages…even more so when they decide to show their true colors. Paired with the recent Sylvie by Jennifer Sattler, this neatly addresses the issue of expressing yourself in the face of peer pressure. Who knew sheep had a wild side?.” –Kirkus Reviews