31 January, 2012

Beep and Bah - Review

Beep and Bah by James Burks 
Publication date: 1 March 2012 by Carolrhoda Books
ISBN 10/13: 0761365672 | 978-0761365679

Category: Children's Picture Book
Keywords: Robot, Animals, Sounds, Onomatopoeia
Format: Hardcover, eBook (e-ARC received from Netgalley)

Alethea's review:

Beep and Bah showcases James Burks's animated style with humor, animal noises, and that age-old mystery: where's the other sock? Beep and Bah traipse through a colorful landscape, meeting lots of friendly (and some not-so-friendly) animals along the way. Parents and children will have fun reading this out loud and making all the animal sounds, from oinks and baaaaa!s to underwater gurgles. I'm looking forward to someday showing off my impressive repertoire of chicken clucks (thanks to years of watching Arrested Development).

There aren't many words to read apart from Beep's dialogue and the various noises (like when Beep takes a tumble down a steep hill--CLANK! CLANK!), but the storytelling doesn't suffer. Kids below reading age will have no problem figuring out what's going on. I see the potential for a lot of laughter when readers become engaged in the sock hunt. The contrast between Beep's gung-ho and Bah's oh-no attitudes  are pretty funny.

I really love James's graphic style, and lots of kids will be able to see elements of his art in other projects that he's worked on like Wow Wow Wubbzy. They might even be inspired to pick up a pencil and try their hand at drawing the characters! I sure was.

You can find out more about James Burks at his website, jamesburks.com and follow @jamesburksart on Twitter. You can also check out his previous book, Gabby and Gator, a graphic novel which is also a Read Across America selection. You can also see the artist in action during my pal Aly's school literacy cafe!

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.


  1. this sounds like a really fun book and james is awesome. your rendering of bah is pretty good looking, too. :)

    1. Thanks! It was fun to draw... I'll try Beep next ;D

    2. i would love to see your beep. :)

  2. I really liked this book!

  3. James is coming back to my school. Yay! Thanks Alethea for the shout out!

  4. Thanks, Alethea. Love your drawing of Bah. Can't wait to see what you do with Beep.

  5. My kids are die hard Wow Wow Wubzy fans. Gosh if it wasn't for Wubzy and Nick Jr, I might actually have to ... raise them. LOL I'm Joking. Kind of ; no not really.

    Seriously,this book looks awesome I'd buy it but that would mean I'd actually have to read to them.