Flowers Are Pretty...Weird!

Tundra. Mar. 2022. 36p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780735265943.
PreS-Gr 2–A bee shares its favorite things about flowers in a fun scrapbook format. Using wordplay (“Bee honest” and “bee-lieving”) and puns galore, a bee explains how flowers are both wonderful and weird. In fact, flowers are opposites in many ways: they can be big or small, pretty or ugly, edible or poisonous. The informative words are accompanied by pretty textured illustrations, such as a smiling monkey orchid. The text is center formatted with important points enlarged, in bold, or in bold italics. Generous white space will also help emerging readers, who will especially enjoy how the bee’s written asides add flavor. For example, one picture is labeled “Bee Butt LOL” and clarified with “not me.” Most of the illustrations take up the full spread, with pretend snapshots framed with tape. Some of the stranger flowers in the book are highlighted at the back with more details, but this isn’t a book for research. Those who enjoy the playful narrators of Paul Meisel’s My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis and Bethany Barton’s I’m Trying to Love Spiders will find a lot to appreciate here.
VERDICT Both educational and humorous, this is highly recommended.

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