#ThorpThursday Squiggle Bee by Ruth Thorp

Happy Thursday everyone!

Today is the first of three #ThorpThursdays. We will be featuring three books illustrated by Ruth Thorp and featuring the first collaboration with her sister, Sarah. The first book we will be reviewing is Squiggle Bee!

Squiggle Bee is a squiggly bee who’s just a little different . . . .


Squiggle Bee is a quirky little bee who is quite happy with her squiggly wiggly way of flying. Her fellow bees are not so happy and after she is late one too many times they banish her from the hive! At first, she enjoys the freedom but it’s not fun when you don’t have friends to share your adventures with. What’s a Squiggle Bee to do?!

Squiggle Bee is beautifully illustrated. With lots of blues, yellows, whites and blacks, the illustrations are very striking and would be standalone artwork in themselves.


Squiggle Bee is a rhyming book that is not only easy to read, but incredibly emotive too. You fall in love with Squiggle Bee very easily and we loved the fact that she was brave enough to be on her own and carry on with her squiggles and her wiggles, despite being banished from her hive. Our uniqueness should always be celebrated and this is what Squiggle Bee does! This became one of our favourites in the first reading and it’s one you can read time and time again.

We also loved the features of bee anatomy on the first page and the information on the plight of our bees at the back of the book. At Beebop towers, we have recently bought lots of bee friendly plants so Squiggle Bee came at a very good time for us! Use #savethebees to find out more. There are so many ways to help bees, from planting bee friendly plants to adopting a hive or attending a bee keeping course to have your own hive!

Ruth has her own website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. She also has an Etsy shop where you can buy her books and greetings cards. Squiggle Bee also has her own website where you can find more information about the book, more reviews and a link of where to buy.

Thank you for reading! Let us know what you thought of Squiggle Bee and what you do to #savethebees.

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