The Picturebook Shelf
Beverlee Beaz the Brown Burmese
Regan W. H. Macaulay, author
Alex Zgud, illustrator
Mirror World Publishing
9781987976526, $15.95 PB, $4.99 Kindle, 48pp, www.amazon.com
A Best Book Awards finalist, "Beverlee Beaz the Brown Burmese" is an exciting adventure story about a highly imaginative, brown Burmese cat who longs for fresh adventures. Filled with exotic, colorful illustrations of Beverlee's brilliant fantasy transformations of her everyday outside observations, this charming story takes readers on an Iliad rife with entrapments of wonder. On a beautiful sunny day, Beverlee leaves her serene home for an adventure outside. At first she encounters a meadow, hills, trees a splashing river, and Monarch butterflies. Then her fevered imagination takes over and transforms the orange Monarch butterfly to a fiery orange parrot from the Amazon rainforest. This experience continues as she imagines a rabbit to be a jumping kangaroo, and a frog transforms to a deadly Komodo dragon. A nest of bees she jostles changes to a flock of hungry Pterodactyls that pursue Beverlee until she hides in the woods. Then Beverlee encounters the most mystical transformed beast of all, a white unicorn. Frightened, Beverlee retreats and runs until she falls into a hole, hissing and swatting at the unicorn to scare him away. Then another amazing transformation happens - The unicorn tells Beverlee not to be afraid and rescues her from the hole by lowering his horn for her to grab onto, and pulling her out. After that, Beverlee recognized the white unicorn as a white stallion who lived on a farm that was neighbor to hers. She apologized to her rescuer, blaming her overactive imagination. Then the white horse laughed and gave Beverlee a ride on his back all the way home. "Beverlee Beaz the Brown Burmese" is an exciting tale of adventure and fantasy that children will love and identify with. It helps them explore two sides of the beauty and power of imagination and more, the grounding value of friendship.