Tough Boris

Tough Boris

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ISBN-13: 9780152018917
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 265,341
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile: 190L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.


Kathryn Brown lives in western Massachusetts.

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"Resisting the temptation to reveal everything, author and illustrator instead give imaginative children something much better - a picture book that luxuriates in pure possibility.-The New York Times Book Review"

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Tough Boris 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
dchaikin on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Boris is tough, scruffy and scary, like all pirates. But he shows a gentle side when finds a stowaway boy and later when his parrot dies. What makes this book interesting is that the text just talks about Boris in generalities. The pictures reflect the text, but they also tell a story that is almost independent of the text. My almost-four-year-old seemed to enjoy it. I had give her hints before she realized there was a story in the pictures.
conuly on LibraryThing 3 days ago
This book is simple enough for two-year-olds, but complex enough for much older children, or even adults.The trick is that the words (only a sentence or so per page, and mostly of the format "Boris was ADJECTIVE. All pirates are ADJECTIVE") only barely sketch out the story - the rest is in the illustrations, or else has to be guessed at.At the end of the book, we find that when Boris' parrot died "He cried and cried. All pirates cry. And so do I", a line that echoes in the mind.And that's it. We don't dwell on the subject - it just ends, much like things happen in real life.Don't pass this one by.
ktextor on LibraryThing 3 days ago
This story is about a pirate named Boris. Throughout the book it gives descriptions on how pirates act and what they are like but turns out there is a surprise because Boris's parrot dies and when it does we find out that pirates also cry, so even when we saw they he could be mean and tough and massive he has feelings too and he was sad when he lost his pet.
medebrielle on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Tough Boris is about a pirate, a tough pirate. The book has a pattern; it starts with ¿he was massive¿ ¿all pirates are massive¿. Then he was ¿scruffy¿ ¿all pirates are scruffy¿. ¿He was greedy¿ ¿ ¿ All pirates are greedy.¿ It describes Tough Boris pirate as scary, massive, big, mean, etc. But then it mentions that Tough Boris¿s parents died, and he cried. Then it said all pirates cry and so did Tough Boris. I must admit I did not see this coming. I guess this would be a good book to read if some one in the class loses a family member and is showing unnatural signs of grief.
szanes on LibraryThing 3 days ago
A wonderfully simple tale with rhythm and repetitive wording that helps the story flow to a satisfying conclusion. A great story to share when showing that everyone has emotions and can express them, even adults. Deals with the death of a pet and shared emotion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love, love, love this book! My 3-years olds memorized the text after two readings, and they love to join in on the reading. I love the emotion conveyed through the words and pictures, and that it deals with tough things like death and crying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great illustrations and lessons simplified in Boris.
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Evans_Mom More than 1 year ago
My 2 year old got very upset. How I Became a Pirate is much more fun for toddlers.
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