The illustrations caught my eye first and I then wanted to read more about why the bee sneezed. The storyline is so simple but the way it is written gives so much character and life to the story. Lucy has used rhyming, which makes the story flow very naturally from one line to the next. ‘Monkey Minx winked and blinked, Buzzy McBee wobbled her knees’. This can sometimes get you a bit tongue tied.
As you read you automatically change the pitch in your voice creating expression. This natural rhythm locks you into the story and the students fixate on what is going to happen next. I enjoy reading books that have lots of expression and after the first sneeze my students really enjoyed joining in on the ‘Ah-Chooo!’.
Katz has done a great job capturing the expression and feelings of each character that matches beautifully with the text. The part with the lorikeet pooping out the seed that grew the flower created a great conversation with the students as to why. My year 1 students really enjoyed this story but I feel a reader of any age would love and relate to needing to sneeze.