Little Bo: The Story of Bonnie Boadicea

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After being separated from her brothers and sisters, a curious little kitten named Bo falls in with a sailor and becomes a ship's cat who views the world from an innocent, childlike perspective.

After being separated from her brothers and sisters, a very small cat named Bo falls in with a sailor and becomes a ship's cat, having various adventures at sea.

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After being separated from her brothers and sisters, a curious little kitten named Bo falls in with a sailor and becomes a ship's cat who views the world from an innocent, childlike perspective.

After being separated from her brothers and sisters, a very small cat named Bo falls in with a sailor and becomes a ship's cat, having various adventures at sea.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Edwards's (The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles) sliver of a tale traces the adventures of a small gray cat named Boadicea, "Bo" for short. Wealthy Mrs. Edith Edge is mortified to discover that a black stray has fathered the six kittens born from her pedigree white cat ("Can you imagine what the ladies at the Cat Association would say if they knew about this," she says). Save for one--the spitting image of her mother--she plans to toss them out on their furry ears. But first, the sextet of felines goes on an excursion with their mother to meet their father, who prophetically names the tiniest of the litter Boadicea: "She was a great warrior queen, brave and fearless." After a few brushes with danger, Bo finds a home with Billy, a first mate on a fishing trawler (who names her Bonnie, "Bo" for short). Though Bo is responsible for several turning points in the novel (a bike collision that saves her and her siblings from being drowned in the river; Billy's departure from the boat), her personality remains oddly undefined. In Cole's (Livingstone Mouse) full-page paintings, which open each chapter, and spot illustrations, his portraits of the kittens are charming. But he often opts for a rear view of the human and animal characters even in pivotal scenes, which distances readers from the action. Still, children will come away with the moral that, like Bo, their size may be small, but they can accomplish big things. Ages 8-up. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
If you have a soft spot in your heart for kittens, little Bonnie Boadicea will prove to be irresistible. The runt of the litter had an interesting pair of parents: Sarabande, a purebred, and Bounder, the alley cat. It was Bounder who gave the shy little kitten her big name. In true fairy tale fashion, Little Bo is thrust out into the cold cruel world. She is rescued by a handsome sailor named Billy Bates, whose life she inadvertently saves during a squall. In the end, Billy must decide between Little Bo and his job on the fishing boat. He makes a decision that will undoubtedly open new avenues in his life. The illustrations are outstanding. They range in size from tiny insets to full pages; several spread across two pages. They reveal an appealing Little Bo, a strong and romanticized Billy, and wonderful scenes of the cold winter and rough seas. The closing illustration with Little Bo perched on Billy's shoulder, as they head off into the dawn, is great. It presages the start of a new day and a rich life for the pair. 1999, Hyperion, Ages 7 up, $17.49 and $16.99. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Julie Andrews' third children's book, Little Bo is an illustrated novel with an animal heroine who will appeal and make sense to children. Andrews respects the intelligence of children by setting her story in an English home where the class issue is made obvious by the way a mixed litter of kittens is treated. Andrews then introduces a strong female heroine in the feline underdog, Little Bo, named after Boadicea, the Celtic warrior queen. Andrews doesn't talk down to children in either idea or language and creates characters both real and meaningful. 1999, Hyperion, Ages 7 to 10, $16.99. Reviewer: Susie Wilde
Library Journal
Gr 2-4-In a beautiful mansion on a cold autumn evening, six kittens are born. Although they are all lovely and welcomed by their mother, "a purebred and a champion." They are, however, despised by Mrs. Edith Edge, their snooty owner, and her equally obnoxious butler because they were fathered by a common cat. The smallest is a precious little no-name baby, finally named Boadicea by her adventurous father, after a brave and fearless warrior queen. And, indeed, she needs such a powerful name to face the perilous journeys ahead after she is lost. The writing for this charming story is at times lyrical, always readable, and the short chapters make it an inviting read-aloud choice. The illustrations, done in oil, are exceptionally appealing and poignant, and appear throughout the well-designed book. The ending leaves the door open a crack for a sequel.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Such a touching touching story is to be expected from this author, who is indeed the Julie Andrews.
The Hungry Mind Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786824496
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/2/1999
  • Edition description: DELUXE
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.37 (w) x 10.37 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Cole ( grew up on a dairy farm outside Purcellville, Virginia. Always interested in art and science, he studied forestry at Virginia Tech. He is a self-taught artist, although his mother was a professional illustrator and gave him many pointers along the way. His education required him to study nature closely, and his observation of such details helped him with his drawing. Henry worked in a number of jobs, including magazine illustration, and for sixteen years taught elementary grade science classes before he became a full-time illustrator. He now has dozens of picture books to his credit, including many he wrote and illustrated.
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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    I really loved this little chapter book. Little Bo was a sweet, wonderfully descriptive tale about Little Bo, the smallest kitten in a litter who has many adventures. The story begins on a stormy night, when the litter of kittens are born to a pure-bread Persian cat. The owner of this cat, Mrs. Edge, doesn't want the kittens because their father is the stray cat Bounder and they aren't pure-bread. The six kittens explore her mansion and bask in their mother's love until, by a twist of fate, they are all seperated. The story follows Little Bo, all alone in the cold, cruel world until she meets Billy, the first mate on a fishing boat. Bo makes her home on the fishing boat, experiencing the excitments and perils of a life at sea. The story kept me interested the whole time, waiting to find out what happened. I read it out loud to my five year old sister and she enjoyed it too. From the gentle narration, to the beautiful illustrations that look so real you expect the little kittens to leap off the page and the white capped waves to whoosh out of the book, Little Bo was a triumph. Julie Andrews Edwards is a gifted writer, and she knows how to write a great childrens' book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    My students beg me to read this book.

    This book held my class spellbound on every page. Little Bo is the daughter of a purebred and an alley cat. She is kicked out by her owner and runs into plenty of excitement and some fearsome characters. This book has a story line that keeps children predicting and caring until the last page.

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