The visuals include photographs of Bingo in various scenarios, providing a realism not found in other books in the genre...this tale celebrates the adventurous spirit and encourages readers to embark on their own explorations. A strength of the book is that it goes beyond the typical picture book, with the last few pages containing a series of activities, which adds educational value and crosses over into the workbook genre. --ForeWard
This is a wonderfully written book and has some of the most beautiful pictures in it that will delight even the youngest reader. Does your child have a cat, or any other animal, as a pet? If so, I think he/she will enjoy this story of Bingo, the farm cat. It is a small book that can be read in a short time and not cause the child to lose interest. At the end of the book there are a group of ten questions to help the child learn about what he/she has read and other objects to identify to help one learn. This is a must for a child s home library where a little one can grow up reading it for quite some time. --Readers Favorite
A cat named Bingo searches for adventure and finds a lesson in self-discovery as well as a new friend in King s thoughtful picture book. The story begins with Bingo introducing himself as an explorer who is searching for a way to repair a tiny, rusted car so that he can drive it around the farm that he lives on and, presumably, get into some mischief. Bright photographs of Bingo, a real cat with gray stripes, climbing all over the cat-sized car fill the pages as we see Bingo unsuccessfully inspect the engine, steering wheel and gas pedal. Just as Bingo s chance at adventure seems to diminish, his best friend Jimmy, a yellowish-orange cat, reluctantly agrees to try and get the car started. But Jimmy wants to be in charge, and he snaps at Bingo for getting in the way. Rather than fight, Bingo abandons the car and explores the farm on his own. He wanders into an empty barn and has a look around, trying to figure out what sorts of animals live there by examining the clues left behind. Young readers will have fun helping Bingo decipher the clues, and they ll probably relate to how Bingo feels when he finally gets a close-up view of the horses who live in the barn. Bingo likes the sweet smell of the horses, and the long whiskers on their noses, but their enormous heads block out the sun, making him feel tiny. The photos emphasize the size difference and give readers a cat s-eye view of the enormous animals. Just as Bingo begins to worry that the horses may harm him, he hears a familiar voice calling; it s the little boy who lives on the farm and, like Bingo, he s looking for a playmate. The boy knows just what kind of adventure Bingo has been looking for, and Bingo realizes that a true friend isn t someone who bosses you around or who makes you feel small. King s universal message comes through in the numerous photos, showing Jimmy snapping at Bingo, Bingo s hair standing up when he realizes how powerful the horses are and, at the end, the boy gently petting Bingo. Curious readers will enjoy the extras at the end that invite them to go back and take a closer look at hidden details in the photos. Bingo leads young readers on a farm adventure that does not disappoint. --Kirkus
The visuals include photographs of Bingo in various scenarios, providing a realism not found in other books in the genre...this tale celebrates the adventurous spirit and encourages readers to embark on their own explorations. A strength of the book is that it goes beyond the typical picture book, with the last few pages containing a series of activities, which adds educational value and crosses over into the workbook genre. --ForeWord
About the Author
Julia King is a mom, a botanist, a photographer, a cook, and a get it done woman. She likes to write children's books that will get kids outside to explore their environment. Her books encourage kids to investigate the world around them so they might make connections to the outside.