Buttons and Bo

Buttons and Bo

by Itaya Satoshi
     
 

Buttons' little brother, Bo, is a big crybaby. His howl is his secret weapon. All he has to do is start bawling and Mother gives him whatever he wants — even Button's favorite red car! Buttons is fed up and angrily stomps off to the meadow to be by himself. But it's not so easy to get rid of a pesky, tagalong little brother, which turns out to be surprisingly

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Buttons' little brother, Bo, is a big crybaby. His howl is his secret weapon. All he has to do is start bawling and Mother gives him whatever he wants — even Button's favorite red car! Buttons is fed up and angrily stomps off to the meadow to be by himself. But it's not so easy to get rid of a pesky, tagalong little brother, which turns out to be surprisingly lucky when the two bears get lost in the forest. "Buttons and Bo" introduces two appealing young heros in a satisfying story of sibling rivalry and brotherly love.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Japanese writer and artist Itaya has created a picture book about siblings that young children will identify with and enjoy. Author Itaya tells the tale of older brother Buttons and his bear cub sibling Bo. Buttons is annoyed because Bo gets whatever he wants simply by howling. When Mother bear gives Bo his favorite red car, Buttons leaves the house and goes to the meadow to get away from his spoiled younger brother. But Bo follows Buttons trying to imitate everything his older brother does. When Buttons quickly jumps over a stream, he watches as Bo takes his time, gingerly moving over some large rocks sitting in the stream. Buttons feels superior in the outdoors and shows his brother how capable he is by balancing himself on a fallen tree that leads into a dark woods beyond the meadow. Bo manages to follow his brother into the forest but soon they are both lost and frightened. Buttons realizes that Bo is now depending on him to get them home, but Buttons is not so sure he can find the way out of the woods. Then Buttons has an idea. He tells Bo to howl like he does at home when he wants to get his way. Bo, thinking it is a game, howls and howls until two lights coming shining through the forest. Buttons and Bo are relieved to see Mother and Father bear, and Buttons realizes that even though his little brother is a pest at times, they are siblings and love and need each other. The message is an easily understood one, and the illustrations are soft and warm, although the colors used are mostly blues, blacks, blues, and greens. 2003, North-South Books, Ages 3 to 6.
—Della A. Yannuzzi
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Buttons, a fuzzy brown bear, is fed up with always having to give in to his younger brother. Angry, he stomps off toward the woods but Bo tags along after him. When the two become lost in the forest and the sky begins to darken, Buttons is scared, but his brother never loses confidence in the older bear's abilities. Pretending that they are playing a game, Buttons gets Bo to howl for their mother, and before long, their parents come to find them. After their shared adventure, Buttons has a greater appreciation for his little brother. The story moves along quickly, with a natural flow of dialogue. The boldly colored illustrations, which appear to be rendered in pastel or crayon, portray the characters in a simple yet realistic fashion. Their facial expressions are endearing and their feelings are readily recognizable to young readers. The day scenes are filled with sunshine, lush grass, and endless skies, while the darker night scenes provide a dramatic contrast. Empathetic youngsters will identify with the theme of sibling rivalry, as well as with the younger brother's pesky adoration of his big brother. The author ties the themes together nicely with the clever ending. This book can be shared aloud or enjoyed by more-proficient independent readers.-Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735818835
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
09/11/2003
Series:
Michael Neugebauer Books (Hardcover) Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 11.38(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Satoshi Itaya was born in Saitama, Japan, He attended art school for three years and then worked as a freelance designer at a television station, an amusement park, and a museum. He was twice awarded the Bolgona Ragazzi Prize at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. This is his first book for North-South.

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