I must confess to being confused about this picture book. It is definitely about anger and the chaos this emotion can cause, but is it the bees who figure throughout who are angry, or is it the little boy who is throwing tomatoes at everyone? Certainly the latter is angry, but why do the swarming bees come into it at all? Supposedly, the bees are angry and may or may not sting the people passing by, and there is a connection of sorts between angry people and angry bees, but surely the little boy’s anger should be paramount and becomes so in the end. The swarm of bees is contained in a bag, and the little boy learns that while it can feel good to be angry, ‘it can feel better to stop.’ The illustrations, digitally produced using rubber stamps, ink and collage, are confusing as well, and this reviewer feels there is too much going on for the book to be enjoyed by children who might well be scratching their heads over the production.
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Illustrator: Rilla Alexander