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|Bo the brave|
Author: Woollvin, Bethan
A feisty little girl learns who the real monsters are in this brilliantly funny medieval adventure.
Kirkus Reviews (-) (01/15/20)
School Library Journal (04/01/20)
The Hornbook (00/07/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/15/2020 All Bo wants is to go monster hunting with her brothers, but after they leave her behind in the castle—“You’re far too little”—she decides to venture forth on her own. Bo’s trek leads her to a griffin, a kraken, and a dragon, but the alleged monsters show that they’re simply misunderstood. When the distraught dragon reveals that its baby was stolen, Bo joins her new friends on a rescue mission, which leads them back to her monstrous brothers. In her first original tale, author-illustrator Woollvin (Little Red, 2016) offers an Arthurian adventure for the picture-book crowd. Between the magnificent endpapers, which feature a map of Bo’s alpine kingdom, readers will experience a world of mountains, forests, and mythical beasts. As always, Woollvin wields a simple yet stunning color palette, this time utilizing oranges, pinks, and teals to illuminate her gouache landscapes. Bo herself is a headstrong heroine, bearing a bow, net, sword, and, most important, confidence, that young readers will enjoy. A fun and colorful gateway into the world of medieval fantasy. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2020 K-Gr 3—In this tale, Bo's brothers set off to capture a monster and refuse to let her join them, saying that she is "far too little." Bo is feisty and will not be sidelined so heads off on her own to look for the monster. She first meets a griffin, who is too helpful to be a monster. They join forces and come upon an octopus-like creature named Kraken. But Kraken is just too nice to be a monster. This band of seekers hear terrible roars and find a crying dragon whose baby was stolen. She fears that her baby is being held in a nearby castle engulfed in flames. Ultimately, Bo finds her brothers there and convinces them to release the baby dragon. Bo learns not to judge these kinds of creatures based on their appearance; she needs to look closer to find out who they really are. Woollvin's art uses bold shades of fuchsia and teal. VERDICT This is a great book to delve into what heroes are made of. Highly recommended for elementary libraries.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.