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Boo and Baa Have Company Hardcover – September 5, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: R & S Books (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9129665469
  • ISBN-13: 978-9129665468
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–Boo and Baa, two small sheep, are raking leaves when they discover a cat stuck up a tree. In their attempt to lure it down, Boo gets stuck instead. Ultimately he gets down, and the cat gets back up, so they leave it an escape route and go to bed. The final spread shows Boo and Baa in their beds, and the cat asleep on the carpet. The text, only a few lines per page, is so spare that it verges on being stilted, but it is this very restraint that imbues it with humor. The story is likely to tickle youngsters funny bones. The Landströms use bold outlines to depict the two appealing little lambs with large eyes and very expressive faces. The illustrations vary in size and page layout, which adds both motion and visual appeal and enhances the minimalist text. While not an essential purchase, this enjoyable autumn tale will certainly find an audience with preschoolers and early readers alike.–Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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PreS-Gr. 2. The intrepid sheep Boo and Baa are raking leaves when they hear a cat high above them, sitting on a tree limb and afraid to climb down. After unsuccessfully tempting it with sardines and a plank to a second-story window, Boo tries a rescue but ends up stuck in the tree himself when his ladder breaks. There's more to come, all of which will leave children laughing out loud. With body language and choreography worthy of a classic silent-film comedy, this droll picture book uses page design and the page turns exceptionally well in telling the story. Fully twice the size of the six earlier picture books in the Boo and Ba series, this volume allows for more on a page and has enabled the illustrator to use the space more creatively, which he does by varying the sizes and shapes of his images and using unusual perspectives. Sensitive line drawings create empathy with the well-meaning but calamity-prone characters. Translated from Swedish into economical English prose, the text provides deadpan commentary and short conversations that explain what's happening in the pictures. It's the artwork, however, that makes Boo and Baa stand out as a great comic team. One thing is certain: some humor really does translate. Carolyn Phelan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on October 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I read this charming story to a kindergarten class and we all had the best time, enjoying the pictures, making predictions and roaring over the deadpan humor. I'll be getting the other Boo and Baa titles for my school library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cambridge reader on October 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love the humor in this book, in the text and the drawings! I wasn't sure my 3 yr old daughter would get the humor (we got the book mostly b/c autumn is coming and the book also takes place in autumn) but now at random moments she calls out: "Phew says boo!" and starts laughing hysterically, and also "Lousy ladder says boo!". Also, Boo and Baa are a boy and girl, and they are portrayed as equals. Both are enterprising, both can get a little scared or apprehensive, and they are not slotted into doing "boy things" and "girl things" respectively, but both can do everything, as opposed to many other children's books. I am going to the library to get all the other boo and baa books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 29, 2007
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This pair of Swedish sheep are the heroes of several much-beloved books... This is the only one I've seen, but it's a favorite around our house, and I look forward to tracking a few more of these books down and checking them out. Here, Boo and Baa are out doing some yardwork when a little black-and-white cat gets stuck in a tree, and when they try to get it down, Boo winds up a tree himself. The most captivating thing about these books is the kooky sense of humor: it's very, very subtle, but very, very sweet. Also, for those of us looking for nonviolent entertainment that isn't completely bland, this is a wonderful option. This is best for the littlest readers, but parents will appreciate the nuances of Landstrom's artwork, and the gentle, calming vibe of the story. Recommended. (ReadThatAgain!)
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This is a wonderful book about the adventures of two sheep that work in their garden and discover a cat up in the tree. The story is simple and funny, the drawings are cute. My girls (3 and 5 yrs) both love the book and crack up when we read it. They like to re-enact the story too. Too bad that the book seems to be out of print as are other Boo and Baa titles. We got a used book in good condition. For Boo and Baa fans: one can buy small Boo and Baa dolls from Sweden.
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I'm a teacher and writer who collects children's books, and I bought this book because it was so incredibly well reviewed by the Spring 2007 Horn Book Guide. I have to agree that it's a little masterpiece. The illustrator can do things with facial expressions that I've only ever seen two other places: Mo Willems's stuff and the Wallace and Grommit films. Plus the story has a quiet humor worthy of a Charlie Chaplin interlude. I suggest you meet Boo and Baa!
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