Bad Luck Boswell

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Superstitious villagers think Boswell is bringing them bad luck--and they're not all wrong. But when a witch moves into town, the black cat's bad luck turns her hexing into hilarious hijinks. Color illustrations throughout.

Boswell the cat brings bad luck to everyone he meets, including a nasty witch with mean intentions.

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Overview

Superstitious villagers think Boswell is bringing them bad luck--and they're not all wrong. But when a witch moves into town, the black cat's bad luck turns her hexing into hilarious hijinks. Color illustrations throughout.

Boswell the cat brings bad luck to everyone he meets, including a nasty witch with mean intentions.

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Boswell, "a remarkably friendly and kindhearted cat," had a hard life. Because he was black, superstitious people were afraid he'd bring them bad luck. And if truth be told, there did seem to be something to that belief. Boswell, just by being around, seemed to cause hammered thumbs, spilled milk, colds and worse. So poor Boswell leaves, and then a witch moves into town. When their paths cross (collide is more like it, actually), things really start hopping. Cat fanciers will identify with Boswell, as will those who take to the - err - underdog. Of course, Boswell comes on out top, but only after a mid-boggling series of near-disasters. There's a moral here, somewhere, but it's not a bit preachy, and the illustrations are an amusing complement to the text.
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K-Gr 3-If Boswell the black cat ``...rubbed himself against the milkmaid's legs...down she would go, spilling her milk onto the road.'' If he meowed at the cobbler, asking for a scratch behind the ears, the cobbler ``...would hammer his thumb instead of a shoe.'' In short, no matter how friendly, Boswell is a bad luck cat-until the witch who terrorizes the villagers adopts him for her evil purposes and finds that his bad luck has neutralized her curses. Lively full-color folksy illustrations in pen, ink, and acrylics reveal a village in the style of medieval Europe. Dynamic composition, design, and effective use of white space reinforce the vibrant energy of the townspeople. The text, full of colorful verbs and plenty of action, is a fine complement. This will be a terrific read-aloud selection or a pleasure for independent readers. It joins the ranks of other well-loved black cat picture books, including Natalie Savage Carlson's Spooky Night (Lothrop, 1982) and Paul Galdone's King of the Cats (Clarion, 1985).-Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689829451
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 8/10/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ALADDIN
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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