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Boris and Bella Paperback – September 1, 2006
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Carolyn Crimi has created a new children's book, that will very likely go down in Halloween history. The characters of Bella and Boris are absolutely hilarious, and will have young readers laughing out loud at their witty commentary, while at the same time learning that you can be friends with someone, even if that someone is your complete opposite. With wondrous drawings filling every page, this is sure to be a hit this Halloween for both children, and their parents.
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Full of puns, the text is a scream -- and the sepia-toned illustrations set this "once upon a time" in a different class.
I went on a mad hunt for unique Halloween/October themed books. Of course, I included a few classics on my list, but I mostly focused on the new. Boris and Bella was new to me. And I have to say, I was delighted with this book.
The story is cute. Boris is an OCD neat freak monster, while Bella is a slob. They can't stand each other until a common mission unites them. While trying to prove why another monster's party is horrible, they discover each other in a new light. After one dance, a new friendship begins. Super cute!
While the story was well written, and I loved the word play-- the illustrations stole the show. They were great! I am always in awe of illustrators that can give dimension and personality to their pictures. It's a rare talent that Gris Grimly has. Boris and Bella came to life on each page. I found myself studying the faces and the details in the pictures. My son enjoyed the dance scene, matching the pictures to the descriptions I read aloud.
This is a great hit for the season. If you have youngsters at home, you need to check this one out.
I personally thought this book was super cute!
I loved it! My three kids loved it!
The art was neat and the story was a good one to teach to kids.
The moral: Sometimes the people most different from us can be our best friends.
Who doesn't want to teach THAT to their kids??
Awesome picture book on the values of tolerance and acceptance.
One Halloween, they both decide to throw a bash, inviting all of the other monsters in Booville. But they are both angered and saddened when the other monsters tell them they will not be attending...they are going to Hairy Beastie's party instead! Now Boris and Bella find themselves all alone, yet together wanting to find out just what is so great about Hairy's party. For the first time, these feuding neighbors agree on something!
Boris & Bella is a wonderful children's tale and never fear, despite the appearance of werewolves, mummies, witches, and other assorted monsters, it's never really scary. The fantastic illustrations of Chris Grimly (and how appropriate that name is!) keeps things light and amusing, even when the monsters are feasting on maggot muffins! Lessons about tolerance and acceptance are at the heart of Carolyn Crimi's story. A story too good to read just at Halloween time!
Reviewed by Tim Janson
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story and excellent artwork. Good lessons. Good length and balance. I found it a little bit too cutesy and can't begin to guess a child's reaction. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Persop
Grand-daughter loves books. This will go into her favorite pilePublished 1 month ago by Isolde M Morales
It is so funny and very fun to read. The characters were silly and amazing. This review is by a kindergartener.Published 3 months ago by Anthony White
My boys love this book. It is a classic. Book was shipped in excellent condition and quickly from seller.Published 6 months ago by KK
This is a great silly book for Halloween. My daughter (age 3) loves Halloween (it's her favorite holiday) and I checked out this book from the library for her. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brynnlux
Boris and Bella is a great story for children. Boris is "persnickedy" and Bella is the "queen of unclean" but they learn how very different people can become fast... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Karen Modlin