Bo the Brave
Once, there lived a little girl called Bo. Bo wanted to be just like her brothers and capture a fearsome monster. Bo is small, too small to catch a monster―or so her brothers say. But Bo isn't one to take no for an answer, so she sets off on a quest to catch a monster of her own. Can she defeat the furious griffin, conquer the hideous kraken, and triumph over the monstrous dragon? Or has Bo got the wrong idea who the real monsters are?
Author-illustrator Bethan Woollvin, the creator of the New York Times Best Illustrated Little Red, employs her signature style in this original fairy tale with a clever twist. Readers are sure to fall in love with Woollvin’s newest vibrant and sassy protagonist.
What I loved: This story is simple and delightfully fun. Children will appreciate the storyline and chanting along with Bo, "Get ready to be got!" The lesson of the story about judging others by their actions and not by their appearance is a great one. By getting to know the "monsters," Bo learns that they are not actually monsters.
I also love her confidence, as Bo knows that she is smart and brave. These messages can also be powerful for young children. The illustrations are interesting with limited colors, but they suit the story well. The book also sets up for discussions about how danger (e.g. monsters) may not seem like it and taking care in potentially dangerous situations.
Final verdict: Simple but delightful, BO THE BRAVE is a journey about looking deeper, believing in yourself, and not judging too hastily.