Swarm of Bees


By Lemony Snicket

Illustrated by Rilla Alexander

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This item is a preorder. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around April 2, 2019. This date is subject to change due to shipping delays beyond our control.

From the bestselling author of The Dark comes another brilliantly illustrated picture book that takes on an intense childhood emotion–this time, anger–in a rollicking, kid-friendly way.

Whether you’re a kid or a bee, sometimes you feel so mad, you buzz around looking for people to sting and trouble to make. See how one boy, a swarm of bees, and a whole town can get riled up and then find a way to feel better through the comfort of unconditional love and community.

Printed in a brilliant palette of primary colors, brimming with beautiful dots and stripes, Rilla Alexander’s art sings. Not since David Shannon’s No, David! have readers been given the pleasure of witnessing such uproariously terrible behavior, unbridled emotion, and ultimately, such comfort.


  • Praise for Swarm of Bees

    "Mischief-makers will be captivated by its humor and promise of unconditional love and forgiveness.... A witty, thought-provoking triumph."
    Kirkus, starred review
  • A buzzworthy book that tackles an often negated feeling in a bold new way.—School Library Journal
  • Praise for The Bad Mood and the Stick:
* "Snicket fans will love this book."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • * "Expressive action-filled illustrations [will] make the reader giggle and frown."—School Library Connection, starred review
  • "Snicket's quirky narrative voice and observations of events both great and lowly make this a fine read aloud--and a sure cure for a bad mood."—Publishers Weekly
  • "A cheerfully wacky read aloud sure to brighten listeners' moods."—School Library Journal
  • "This light take on a negative feeling may be useful to adults working with children."—Horn Book
  • "[The Bad Mood and the Stick] offers a playful way to talk about feelings we've all experienced."—p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times}Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
  • On Sale
    Apr 2, 2019
    Page Count
    48 pages

    Lemony Snicket

    About the Author

    Lemony Snicket is the author of the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events; several picture books, including The Dark and The Bad Mood and the Stick; and the books collectively titled All the Wrong Questions.

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    Rilla Alexander

    About the Illustrator

    Rilla Alexander is a designer, illustrator, and picture book maker whose work has appeared on everything from toys and tea cups to busses and buildings. Some of her books include The Best Book in the World!, Her Idea, and Jane Yolen’s A Bear Sat on My Porch Today.

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