Bee a Good Human
A Pollinators' Guide to a Better Life
Published by: Red Lightning Books
Combining inspiration, humor, and entomology, Instagram artist Ali Beckman (@SoFlyTaxidermy) is the internet's go-to gal for bug-related content that makes you a happier human.
Beckman's witty comics, which use actual insects in everyday situations, illustrate the importance of pollinators as well as body positivity and mental health awareness. Using creatures that are donated, purchased, or found dead to create amusing cartoons, Bee a Good Human highlights the integral role of insects in our environment while also demonstrating we all have a part to play in this world. Beyond bugs, Beckman's art speaks to the value of self-love as she shares a narrative of growth and finding confidence within.
Bee a Good Human features the best of Beckman's @SoFlyTaxidermy Instagram art. With 106 color illustrations, many of which have never appeared online, this gift of a book will make you consider the bigger picture—and laugh a little too.
You've probably never considered how much you have in common with an insect—that bees like the flowers on your windowsill as much (or more!) than you, or that butterflies aren't the only ones who go through metamorphosis (hello middle school awkward phase). Ali Beckman created a guide book for better living starring these insects themselves to show us that the little pollinators are more powerful than you think. Beckman's delightfully humorous and thoughtful work will remind you to treat yourself and all Earth's creatures with kindness, and as all flies would agree, sometimes 'going through shit' isn't all that bad.~Lily & Madeleine
Ali comes up with the kind of jokes that make you say, 'I wish I had thought of that!'~Adam the Bee Guy
An adorable new perspective on death.~Phoebe Bridgers
Ali's artwork is beautifully minimal & witty with a refreshing feminist twist. It's the perfect addition to any coffee table. Bee-ware this book may inspire you to start collecting dead bugs . . .~The Orbit Room
To discover someone's breath of creativity is usually unexpected. It takes time. Over the past two years I've discovered Ali has a big, very big imagination. She creates social awareness through drawing, writing, and shaping important daily sayings. As a lover of insects, flies, butterflies, and bees, she creates mini dramas daily that are always personal and uplifting. I look forward to each day (yes Ali posts a creative poetic image every day and sometimes more) to see her fascinating, uplifting, and private view of life. Art is always private, then becomes public. Thank you, Ali.~Barry Gealt
There's an intimacy to Ali's work—and I'm not just talking about when she posts pics of her bug-censored breasts on Instagram. No, there's a sense of serenity and transparency to pen on paper that adds texture and depth to Ali's relatable quips and bits of wisdom. The dead bugs, juxtaposed with pen strokes, are a simple and quirky reminder of our perplexing place in this complex and fleeting universe.~Peter Oren
Ali Beckman is a true artist, a lover of nature, a keen eye, and a creative genius. As an advocate and keeper of bees—the planet's most helpful pollinators—Ali's book, Bee a Good Human, has completely won my heart; her incredible ability to compose the deceased insects of the world into the most glorious, uplifting, and hilarious conversations makes this book truly unique. Long live the Earth's most underrated creatures, and may Ali bring them to life in the most remarkable ways for volumes to come. Bee a Good Human is the perfect book for anyone who has ever wondered about the secret life of animals and found joy in imagining their existence to be equally as fraught, complicated, and wondrous as our own.~Ben Moore
A project filled with death and heartwarming inspiration.~Josh Zoerner
I can bee whoever I want 2.~Taylor Bennett
Dead bugs are the new life coaches.~Mat Alano-Martin
A beautiful look inside the modern mind of entomology.~Kendall Long
I spend all my time around comedians, so in looking for 'other' types of Instagram accounts, I came across Ali's SoFlyTaxidermy. At first, I didn't even know she was in Bloomington! With over 100k followers, I just assumed she was from somewhere else. What's interesting is in looking to get away from comedians in my social media scrolling, Ali has made me laugh as much as any comedian.~Jared Thompson
Whether you're in the market for an unconventional yet highly entertaining read or a long-time follower of the author's uplifting Instagram, Bee A Good Human: A Pollinator's Guide to Life is sure to make you crack a smile or two!~Mimi Koehler, Nerd Daily
Do you like books, funny jokes, and insects? Well bee prepared to be amothed . . . amazed! The art is creative, the jokes timeless, and the insects are dead (they were found that way). There is a Mean Girls reference in this book that especially tickled my funny bone. This book belongs on your shelf, table, or in your hands this minute!~Spark Tabor
Each page gives you a wry smile, a shot of joy, and an appreciation for the little ones flying and crawling around us. Ali's humor and wit pair perfectly with a cup of coffee in the morning.~Phil Torres
Ali's work reminds us that mortality is absolutely inevitable, but perhaps if we're lucky, someone might come along and use our rigid dead bodies to spread joy.~Tyler Thrasher
A collection of death to bring warmth to your life.~Jodie Langford
Visit Ali Beckman on Instagram: SoFlyTaxidermy