Bingo's Big Adventure is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. -- --Mom's Choice Awards
Bingo's Big Adventure is an engaging and exquisitely photographed children's book which offers readers a playful peek into the natural world from the perspective and voice of an inquisitive cat named Bingo. Julia King's endearing photographs and amusing text capture the curiosity of a newly adopted cat named Bingo. This delightful, easy to read story follows Bingo on his explorations of the farm on which he now lives. Whether touching the dangerous wheels of a farm truck, sniffing out friendship in the family's other cat, Jimmy, climbing trees for a better view, chasing roosters, or scampering across the gravel road; Bingo discovers the excitement and wonder of his new environment. This story has a quiet message about observation that urges children to notice the little things around them that, with a little imagination, could become big adventures. When your children fall in love with Bingo (and they will) you can continue the fun online with Bingo's Journal an adorable photo diary available on the website. This story is a great fit for children ages 3-8. Homeschoolers can use the story as a starting point to launch into further discussions of the natural world, a study on cats or even use the text to casually introduce young children to the five senses. This story is a joy for all children (and cat-loving adults). Though it could be easily extended for further educational value, it is not exclusive to homeschoolers or any one group, but appeals to all children. I was very impressed by the friendly text that captures the personality and spirit of a curious country cat. The pictures are lively and have a natural flow with the story. I especially love that the author took such care at the end of the story and on her website to introduce young children to the idea that even older cats have a fun and playful nature that makes them ideal pets. King's mission to promote the adoption of older cats that may otherwise be overlooked is genuine and commendable. I think it's pure genius to continue the adventure through her online journal and creating a world for Bingo that makes the children feel that they've made a friend. With such familiarity and connection with this little kitty, they are sure to be drawn to each new Bingo book as they are released. Bingo's Big Adventure is $15.99 which is a fairly common price for children's books of this caliber and quality. I think King's photographic skill and her well-designed website add to the value of this great book. My children and I really enjoyed Bingo's Big Adventure and I am pleased to recommend it to other parents. --Old Schoolhouse Magazine
Many a study has shown that reading to your child, at any age, is one of the best ways to help them along in their journey to being a life-long learner. Mother, botanist and author, Julia King has found a way to inspire not only small minds but those on the cusp of developing their idea of self, or - What I want to be when I grow up; ~the tween~ Her newly released book titled; Bingo's Big Adventure weaves the tale of, Bingo, a cat new to farm life and all the adventures found there. Though this book may sound like it is geared to smaller children, the underlying life lesson and beautiful imagery are sure to inform and entertain even your tween. Julia lends Bingo a unique voice that translates age, helps to build vocabulary skills and sparks the imagination. --Lara DiPaola - DC Examiner
About the Author
Author, Julia King, a botanist turned children s book writer, has years of experience chasing toddlers around while naming plants by their Latin names. Also, by working as an environmental consultant for the past 15 years, Julia has honed her ability to tell stories about the physical world through her photographs and text.
Julia is an avid proponent of reading to children when they are tiny tots. Through her stories, she hopes to foster a love of books and a love of animals by helping children understand the natural world around them.
In Bingo s Big Adventure, Julia has translated cat thoughts into human language through her almost telepathic-like abilities, interpreting Bingo s first experiences outside on her farm into easy-to-read text. Children perceive the world through a kitten s eyes, leading to a new understanding of how animals behave and why they do the crazy things they do. In Bingo s world, life is a big adventure - one that children will want to join.