“BeeBop: The Honeybee Wannabee Hero” by James D. Bell

“BeeBop: The Honeybee Wannabee Hero” by James D. Bell 683 1024 Reader Views Kids

BeeBop: The Honeybee Wannabee Hero

James D. Bell
Independently Published (2023)
ISBN:  979-8846879508
Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Reader Views (11/2023)

“BeeBop: The Honeybee Wannabee Hero” by James D. Bell is an entertaining, heartwarming family drama about a bee named BeeBop who is an orphan dreaming of doing big things in his adopted hive. But there is a bigger-than-life bee bully named Buzz to contend with. hives need nectar, and this one has to have a big find now, before winter sets in. This is when BeeBop makes the biggest discovery yet. The problem is, when he goes back to the hive to tell them about it, no one except his one true friend believes him. They have to find a way to persuade the hive to risk traveling far away to get the nectar, and they are reluctant.

As fate or luck would have it, when they get there, the flowers of this big nectar find are nowhere to be found. This causes BeeBop to suffer shame and rejection by the hive. How will he ever defeat the gloom and doom of doubt and fear, including the bully and a bear? It’s a mystery that must be solved. The flowers have to be found so that his best friend will respect him again. There are many roadblocks he has to overcome in order to save the hive. Is he up to the task? Or will the hive be lost forever? 

Bell has crafted a lyrical, emotionally layered children’s story with timeless appeal. The themes of loyalty, courage, steadfastness, and redemption are few and far between in stories for young readers today, but this author has brought them to life in an unforgettable, heartwarming way. This retired judge has his finger on the pulse of how to communicate these ideals and values, in the form of a story, to those who may need to hear it. It really pulls at the funny bones and the heartstrings, and you can tell that the author is a gifted storyteller.

I love the fairytale appeal of the story, the lyrical, sometimes quirky tone, the sparkling dialogue, the sense of humor, and the helpful guides (questions, answers, vocabulary, and fun facts about bees) at the end for teachers and parents. The ending is sweet, too. It’s a book with colorful artwork and black-and-white sketches you’ll want to keep in your child’s library for years to come, and would make the perfect gift for a child, and a valuable resource in any classroom, counselor’s office, or library. For a children’s book with a message that balances humor and heart, “BeeBop: The Honeybee Wannabee Hero” by James D. Bell, should be number one on your reading list for children.

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