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LITTLE BO IN LONDON

Author: Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton

Illustrator: Henry Cole

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2012

Material: hard cover

Summary: In working on her family tree, Little Bo (a grey Persian cat) discovers she has a brother she hasn't been able to find. She and her best friend Billy set out to find the missing sibling. Despite being afraid of water, they are cruising the Mediterranean with a wealthy couple, the Goodlads. While enjoying the sites, pirates attack. Is it possible for a couple of felines to save the day? This is the last book in an illustrated chapter book series about a cat and her adventures.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, independent reading, read aloud book, illustrated chapter

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 9; read yourself: 10 and Up

Interest Level: 8 to 12

Reading Level: 5

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Lots of detail and descriptions of the surrounding area gives the reader the feeling of being on the adventure right along side Little Bo and Billy. The illustrations, which are through Little Bo's eyes are very intense and help readers see how much the family loves each other. This is a series I would recommend to young readers at an early age. The stories are exciting and get kids involved with travel, friendship, and family.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: Lots of description, great action (there are pirates!), and a happy ending make this a must-share for families as a bedtime story or read aloud.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that will make for wonderful bedtime reading many times over.

If You Liked This Book, Try: A WALK IN LONDON   TINO TURTLE TRAVELS TO LONDON, ENGLAND   PAPA PICCOLO

Educational Themes: This is the last in a series about Little Bo's travels throughout Europe. This is a book that would be good to pair with a map or globe.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, adventure, pirates, easy reader series

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2013

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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