Beegu by Alexis Deacon (group set, 7 books)

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Beegu is not supposed to be on Earth. She is lost. She is a friendly little creature, but the Earth People don't seem very welcoming at all. However, so far she has only met the BIG ones. The little ones are a different matter ...

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  • Themes: lost and found, belonging, treatment of outsiders
  • 32 pages


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Alexis Deacon interviewed by Madelyn Travis

Alexis Deacon graduated in 2001 from the University of Brighton where he studied illustration, earning an honours degree. He now lives in London. Slow Loris his first children's book was published in 2003. This was followed by Beegu which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. His most recent picturebook, While You Are Sleeping is an unconventional, subtle and warm story about a sleeping child being looked after by a clutch of bedside toys.

 Your emphasis on drawing sets your books apart from a lot of others around at the moment. Did you deliberately set out to do something different?

 It’s more to do with not being able to do anything else. There wasn’t a grand strategy behind it, although I always had in my head that I wanted to do a certain kind of thing and was very fixed on it. I had a desire to express things that were in my mind, and that was how the books happened, so I couldn’t have done it any other way. I have tried in the past to do things a bit differently to fit in a little more with movements that I saw happening but I didn’t get very far with them because I didn’t really understand them. It would never occur to me not to use drawing as my primary medium, so I don’t think I’m quite seeing the world in the same way as other people. I don’t mean that at all in an arrogant sense.

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