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Little Bo : the story of Bonnie Boadicea
Andrews, Julie.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [1999]

Physical Description:
88 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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.
Reading Level:
780 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.8 2.0 52151.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.8 4 Quiz: 19441.
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On a cold and rainy night, Little Bo - a tiny grey kitten - finds herself all alone. She has been taken away from her family and is lost and afraid. Then Billy appears, and Little Bo finds an instant friend and an adventurous new life.

Author Notes

Julie Andrews Edwards is one of the most recognized figures in the world of entertainment. An exceptional vocalist, actress, and humanitarian, she is perhaps best known for her performances in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and Victor, Victoria. Her television show The Julie Andrews Hour received eight Emmy Awards, and she was critically acclaimed for her stunning performances on Broadway in My Fair Lady and Camelot. She also loves to write, and this is her third children's book.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. Boadicea is a little kitten with a big name. Separated from her litter, Bo is rescued by a young sailor named Billy, who is first mate on a fishing trawler. Unfortunately, Billy's boss, stern Captain Svenson, is allergic to cats, and Bo's misadventures aboard the good ship Red Betsy keep arousing his very considerable ire. A terrible storm at sea brings matters to a head and an inconclusive ending suggests that a sequel might be in the works. Actress Andrews' third book for children suffers from a very slow start and episodic and anemic plotting thereafter, as well as a certain lack of focus--for the first third of the book Bo is only a supporting character, and once she meets Billy, the story becomes as much his as hers. Nevertheless, the atmosphere is agreeable throughout, and Henry Cole's oil-paint illustrations are a delight from start to finish. Definitely a mixed bag. --Michael Cart

Publisher's Weekly Review

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 oneÄthe spitting image of her motherÄshe 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 The Six Kittensp. 1
2 The Christeningp. 9
3 The Journeyp. 21
4 The Escapep. 33
5 The Rescuep. 37
6 The Monsterp. 41
7 The Young Sailorp. 47
8 Red Betsyp. 53
9 Troublesp. 61
10 The Stormp. 71
11 Bo and Billyp. 85