When Bo spots what he thinks is a "rip-roarin', rootin'-tootin', shiny red armadillo," he knows what he has to do. Follow that armadillo! Bo leaves his mother and three brothers behind and takes off for a two-stepping, bronco-bucking adventure. Jan Brett turns her considerable talents toward the Texas countryside in this amusing story of an armadillo on his own.
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||8.38(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.11(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."
As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."
Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."
What People are Saying About This
"Brett gives her trademark, exquisitely detailed art a Western flair..." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a really great book. I love the rhythm, and the language choices, and I love Bo's adventurous attitude!As always with Brett, be sure to check out the signature pictures on the sides of the pages that show what Bo's mama is doing as he has fun.I will note that this book is very interesting to my NYC nieces. If we only read books about people who live like us and do like us our reading options (and our horizons) would be very limited indeed. Bo in this book is myopic, but he likes to learn new things anyway!
A mother armadillo takes her four boys to dig in the hill country. Bo was the one who was easily distracted and mother armadillo tries to keep a close eye on him. Yet Bo wanders off, following a lizard to a creek. There he finds a little girl wearing shiny high heeled red boots who was trying to scuff her boots before the rodeo. After getting her boots muddy she yelled, " look at me". Bo saw the shiny red boots and followed it. In the meantime his mother was looking for him. After the little girl rode her pony, Bo followed her boots to the Bar- B- Q. After their meal the cowhands started a little dancing and Bo followed his friend. As the little girl kicked her feet Bo was thrown in the air. By the time he landed the girl had gone to the campfire and kicked off her shiny red boots. Bo went near the boots and introduced himself to it, but the boots just fell and Bo realised he had mistaken the boots for an armadillo. I can relate to this book since every year at the end of October the school my children attend have 'western day' and they dress up in western clothes. Extension 1. Talk to children about family and how parents take care of children. 2. i would have the children paint either the boots or the armadillo and write why they liked it.
Charming book about little Bo the armadillo, who thinks a pair of boots are his friend.
Once again, a Jan Breet story is adorable. I collect her books and find each one enjoyable.