Buzz Flyswell doesn’t fit in at school. Despite his best efforts to act like everyone else, he’s an outsider – and everyone knows it. All except for his best friend Skeeter, who accepts Buzz just for who he is: A fly living in a hive full of honeybees. When the Queen grants the dreaded neighboring hornet colony sanctuary within the kingdom, tension mounts between the two species. And as the very future of the hive is thrown into question, Buzz is forced to embark on the greatest – and most dangerous – adventure of his short fly’s life: a mission inside the human house on the other side of the garden.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.00 out of 10
Plot: Buzz is soundly structured but talks down to the reader slightly. Still, this book is very focused on telling a tale that will instill confidence in young children who may be perceived as different.
Prose: Carrington's prose is simplistic but uses effective narrative techniques typical of the genre.
Originality: While it covers familiar anti-bullying ground, Carrington's novel is fairly original. However, anthropomorphic insects is a trope that will feel familiar to readers.
Characterization: The characters in Carrington's book are quirky and well crafted. Younger readers will likely find them engaging and enchanting.
Date Submitted: August 14, 2018