Beard Boy

Beard BoyWritten by John Flannery, Illustrated by Steven Weinberg

Beautifully bodacious book about a beard-obsessed boy’s beliefs and bafflement over his bearded big daddy. Or something else that uses a lot of B words. This picture book would be a great introduction to alliteration if you like the letter “B” since the author uses many “B” words in the story.

Ben loves his dad’s beard, and wants to grow his own. He learns a lot about beards by asking bearded men everywhere. He tries bubbles, peanut butter, and other substances to try to make a beard. Alas, he has no real luck. He asks his father about growing a beard and Dad tells Ben to be patient. Instead of that plan Ben thinks of another way to get a beard sooner. That doesn’t really work all that well. Ben tells his dad he wants to be like him. His dad shaves. That shocks Ben and the rest of the family. So Ben and his dad think of a different solution together.

This is a story that is just fun. It is a nice family story. The illustrations really add to the happy, fun feeling of this story.

Review by Cheryl Baker, Mill Creek Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 1-3

Beard Boy
Written by John Flannery, Illustrated by Steven Weinberg
G.P. Putnam’s Sons
32 pages
Release Date: May 10, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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