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Product Details

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: King Publishing; 1st edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615370322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615370323
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 9.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,845,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


More About the Author

Julia King is a botanist turned children's book author with years of experience chasing toddlers around while naming plants by their Latin names. She is an avid proponent of reading to children when they are tiny tots and wants to foster a passionate love of books and a love of animals in kids, so they learn to read well and understand the natural world around them.

With 15 years of experience in the field of environmental consulting Julia has honed her ability to tell stories about the physical world through her photographs and accompanying text. She has been a passionate writer since her youth and has taken her photography to the next level through detail in composition and subject matter.

In Bingo's Big Adventure, Julia's first book, she has translated cat thoughts into human language through her almost telepathic-like abilities, interpreting what Bingo experiences in his first outing on their property into easy to read text.

When not translating "cat" into English, Julia teaches her kids how to shovel horse manure, play in the mud, identify weedy plant species, and build Lego towers. Then in her spare time she writes environmental documents and finds time to sneak out of the house when the kids are sleeping to play volleyball with a bunch of moms like herself.

To sum it up Julia describes herself as: Mom, equestrian, house wife, botanist, wetland scientist, children's book author, nurse, gardener, chicken wrangler, amateur veterinarian, laundry hanger, taxi driver, cleaning wench, short order cook, friend, etc...

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Bingo's Big Adventure is a great story about an adopted cat who comes to live with his family on some land.
Suzi
I highly recommend it for anyone who loves cats, enjoys sweet stories, or is a child (in actuality or at heart).
Victoria
The writing style is very charming and richly descriptive, with photos that beautifully bring the story to life.
Kathy S.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
A day in the life of a teen cat (and Bingo is his name-o) adopted from "Town Cats", a no-kill rescue shelter in California. This full color picture book translates his feline feelings on his first day in the countryside, exploring new territory.

Trucks and trees provide an initial thrill, and after some trepidation, a bigger cat proves to be less terrible than he looks. However, when Bingo decides to take on a formidable fowl, he has to make his biggest decision yet.

The photos of this photogenic little fellow are the outstanding feature of the book, both for the natural settings and the wonderful subject composition, perfectly focused and beautifully lit.

Love it for the photographs, and then read it aloud to a kid near you - purr-fect.

Amanda Richards, July 17, 2010
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Todd Borg on November 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I discovered this delightful book when I met the author Julia King. While I have no children, I have crystal-clear memories of the countless hours I spent absorbed in picture books as a child. Further, I spent many hours reading to younger siblings when I was young and quite a few hours reading to nieces when I was not so young. Thus I believe I am qualified to judge Bingo's Big Adventure - A Cat's Tale, and I think it is a winner.

This book is a standout in several ways.

First, Bingo's Big Adventure is a compelling story about a cat that gets her (or his) first opportunity to venture out into a world she's only seen through a window. Bingo tells the story in the first person and, to my recollection, Bingo doesn't reveal gender, making it easy for kids to identify with Bingo whether they are girls or boys.

Second, one of the cool things about the book is that the pictures are actual photos of Bingo-the-Cat. They perfectly dovetail with the story. I don't believe any young child will fail to be captivated by these images of a young cat meeting another cat for the first time, climbing a tree, and grappling with a rooster.

As Bingo takes on the adventure of the title, she makes friends, explores exotic new places, develops special skills, and learns how to avoid dangerous risks. The metaphors for young children are numerous and handled well. Further, one of the background messages of the story is the pure joy of being outdoors in a world where we increasingly find our attentions monopolized by indoor, video-related distractions. As a person whose formative years were spent almost entirely outside, I find it a gift to discover a book that motivates children to explore the out-of-doors.

If you are looking for the perfect picture book for a child, I believe this book will satisfy and delight.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful picture book for the 4-8 age group. The story follows the adventures of Bingo the cat, who finds himself in new surroundings after his human owners move into a new home. Being a naturally curious and precocious cat, Bingo sets off on an adventure, exploring the sights around his new home. The story is all the more engaging because it is told from Bingo's point of view, which I felt was a refreshing approach, and my kindergartener found the story charming. She was especially fascinated by the beautiful color photographs that are generously found throughout the book. The photographs enhance the story, especially as they aptly capture Bingo's adventurous spirit!

I can tell this book is a labor of love on the part of the author/photographer - there is so much detail in the text and the photographs capture the essence of the story perfectly. Some of the highlights in this book include the rather awkward introduction between Bingo and Jimmy, another cat, as well as Bingo's confrontation with a territorial rooster. I can picture this book becoming part of a series featuring Bingo's adventures. My daughter is an intermediate reader and she was able to read this book with some help from me. I think books with real-world photography and stories like "Bingo's Big Adventure" will suit visual learners and motivate young children to read, as they make real-world connections. Highly recommended for public/school/home libraries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachael on August 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Why only four stars? Four stars leaves a little room for Bingo's next adventure to score even higher. If I had 10 stars to work with I'd give him a 9! Now I am not a cat person so giving even 4 stars to a cat is rather difficult for me. Being named after one of the most widely known dogs definitely adds to his credentials as a true winner though and I am more than willing to both buy this book and recommend it for everyone else to buy. The pictures are so cool! It's as though Bingo posed for them and from my knowledge of cats I doubt any of them would ever pose for anyone. I can't decide on my favorite picture. It's either the one where Bingo is stalking Mr. D or the final one where Bingo is looking back at Mr. D possibly on the verge of receiving a bit of Karma for having following him earlier in the story.
As for the words... they'd get a 10. Adults seem to over think word choices too much. Any child I have ever read to doesn't care what words are used and when there are new ones introduced it enriches their vocabulary in new and exciting ways. Sure Bingo is referred to as a kitten when he's really a cat but who cares? I've never once heard anyone say, "Here cat" it's always, "Here Kitty, Kitty".
I'm looking forward to another book from this debut author. Maybe one about Mr. D?
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