Horsefly and Honeybee

Randy Cecil; illustrations by Randy Cecil

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

When Honeybee decides to take a nap in the same flower as Horsefly, trouble ensues! They don’t want to share, and after quarrelling, run away in opposite directions. But it isn’t long until they meet again… They have both been captured by hungry Bullfrog! If Horsely and Honeybee are to escape before dinnertime, they must find a way to work together.
With beautiful illustrations and simple text, this is a sweet story about sharing and friendship.


Praise for Horsefly and Honeybee

"...a great read-aloud that children and their adults will love.”--School Library Journal, starred

"With a saturated, brightly colored palette, Cecil creates quirky characters who deliver a clear message.”—New York Times Book Review

"Cecil (Brontorina) creates striking oil-on-paper images; his cartoonish characters escape the leathery green lily pad, with its fuchsia and violet blooms, for crystalline blue skies and a shared home in an orange flower bud.”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for Randy Cecil’s illustrations:
Big Day on the River:

“Cecil’s illustrations capture the comedy and down-home charm of this tale and its lovable characters. A pitch-perfect picture book.” —School Library Journal, starred review
The Singing Chick:

“Cecil’s illustrations sparkle with humor.” —Kirkus Reviews
Little Red Cowboy Hat:

“This Wild West fairy tale makes other versions look limp by comparison.” —Kirkus Reviews, pointer review
“Cecil’s colors reflect deep western sunset shades.” —School Library Journal, starred review
An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Randy Cecil; illustrations by Randy Cecil

  • Randy Cecil has illustrated many books for children, including Dusty Locks and the Three Bears and And Heres to You! (a New York Times bestseller). He lives in Houston, Texas.


Available Formats and Book Details

Horsefly and Honeybee

Randy Cecil; illustrations by Randy Cecil

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year


Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)