Narrator Richmond Hoxie makes this delightful 2015 Caldecott Medal winner an exuberant experience for listeners of all ages. Hoxie splendidly conveys Beekle's sorrow as he waits and waits to make a friend. Then Hoxie's delivery becomes hopeful as Beekle decides to sail through unknown waters and find a friend all by himself. Suddenly, all is glorious when a sweet girl's voice says "hello" and the new friends laugh--differently but both wonderfully. The girl joyfully proclaims herself to be Alice and then calls him Beekle. The world feels less strange as they share snacks, tell jokes, and do the unimaginable. The words "The End" come at the perfect time for young listeners to imagine such delights for themselves. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2015]
Trade Ed. Hachette Audio 2014
DD ISBN $1.87
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