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Little Bo in London

Little Bo in London

by Julie Andrews Edwards, Henry Cole

For Little Bo, the tiny cat with an extraordinary spirit, and her friend Billy, life just keeps getting better and better. They have traveled from England to France, sailed with the crew of the motor yacht Legend to Italy, and now are enjoying a leisurely cruise through the Mediterranean. But a scuffle with pirates cuts their journey short and calls for the


For Little Bo, the tiny cat with an extraordinary spirit, and her friend Billy, life just keeps getting better and better. They have traveled from England to France, sailed with the crew of the motor yacht Legend to Italy, and now are enjoying a leisurely cruise through the Mediterranean. But a scuffle with pirates cuts their journey short and calls for the heroic efforts of Bo and Billy. Then a change of course means a triumphant return to England—and Little Bo's most amazing adventure yet!

With remarkable courage and the sweetest, deepest friendships, Little Bo's exciting journey brings her home again and offers a thrilling conclusion to her globe-trotting adventures.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 4—In this latest installment in the series, cats Bo and Panache find themselves in the sights of pirates. They are aboard the tony Legend with Billy Bates, Captain Ian Fraser, Lord and Lady Goodlad, and the rest of the crew on what is supposed to be a pleasure cruise through the Mediterranean. The baddies that showed up in earlier books are back, and this time they want to take over the yacht and take down part of Lord Goodlad's business. Bo and Panache play a large part in foiling the intruders in an action-packed scene. After the day is saved, the trip is canceled and Billy and the crew are instructed to take the vessel back to London. When they arrive, the felines are treated like celebrities and invited to have an audience with the Queen. The culmination of the story has Bo reunited with family members once more. This is a series that must be read in order and in its entirety for the stories to be fully understood. There are flashbacks in the text, but they are brief and fast paced. The vocabulary is quite sophisticated ("phosphorescence," "flotilla," etc.), and French phrases are peppered throughout, making the book best for reading aloud.—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
The fourth volume in a gentle series chronicling the adventures of a tiny gray Persian cat called Bonnie Boadicea, or Little Bo for short. Bo is sailing with her human friend Billy and her feline friend Panache on a yacht called Legend when it is attacked by pirates. Billy, Bo and Panache are instrumental in thwarting the attack and saving Legend's owners, Lord and Lady Goodlad. The news of their heroics spreads quickly, and they soon find themselves on a course for England to have tea with the queen. The adventures in this episodic tale continue at the palace, where Bo and Panache are chased off by a bunch of corgis and have to find their way back to Billy by way of the queen's stables. The sophisticated vocabulary and prose style combined with the quaint, nostalgic feel of this offering will likely make it more appealing to adults than children. However, those young readers who enjoy gentle, lyrical, meandering stories will happily lose themselves in the charmed world presented here. Cole's illustrations are a welcome addition, lending whimsy and vibrancy to settings and characters--human and feline--alike. While this sweet adventure story with feline protagonists won't be everyone's cup of tea, it will resonate with just the right reader. (Fantasy. 8-12)
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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4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Julie Andrews Edwards is one of the most recognized figures in the world of entertainment. She is perhaps best known for her performances in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and The Princess Diaries. Ms. Edwards is the author of many favorite children's books, including Mandy, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, and the Little Bo series. She and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, an arts educator and theater professional, have coauthored over twenty books for young readers, including Simeon's Gift, The Great American Mousical, Thanks to You: Wisdom from Mother & Child, and the recent New York Times bestsellers The Very Fairy Princess and Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies. Emma is also the author of Raising Bookworms.

Henry Cole is the illustrator of many beloved books for children, including his own Jack’s Garden, On Meadowview Street, and A Nest for Celeste. Brambleheart was inspired by the heap of discarded treasures in the woods behind his childhood farm. You can visit Henry online at www.henrycole.net.

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