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Big Brave Brian Hardcover – May 8, 2007

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“The text calls for dramatic reading and will surely appeal to storytime groups or lap readings. The pictures are very funny. This fits well into the pantheon of scary stories for younger children.” — Kirkus Reviews

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Big Brave Brian Present any child under the age of 9 a choice of new books to read, let them judge by the cover alone, and it is a sure bet that they would pick M. P. Robertson's Crocodile Hunter-esque hero standing smiling in the mouth of a bemused dragon. This first image, and the bouncy alliterative title suggests that the readers are in for an enjoyable quirky ride. And they are.

About the Author

M.P. Robertson studied Graphic Design at Kingston University. His books for Frances Lincoln include Seven Ways to Catch the Moon, The Egg, The Sandcastle, Big Foot, The Great Dragon Rescue, Hieronymus Betts and his Unusual Pets and The Dragon Snatcher.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books; 1st edition (May 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845075595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845075590
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,864,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
It should be noted that in addition to this volume, there is also a Spanish/English version and a French/English version. I have been aware of this work for quite some time now as it was published in both the U.S. and in England in 2007. I have always been sort of mystified that this is not a better known work as it is truly a well done and good children's book.

Big Brave Brian is just that...Brian is not afraid of anything! Or is he? We shall see.

Brian is portrayed as sort of a cross between Indiana Jones, Jungle Jim and a good looking NFL Quarterback. He wears hiking boots, jungle explorer clothing and hiking shorts. He is big, muscular and typically handsome but his most striking feature is that he's afraid of nothing. There is no fear in this man!

He lives in a large Victorian Mansion on top of a rather shaky hill and the home is in habited by MONSTER, Grizzly Bears and strange things that live beneath the stairs, in the toilet (Bottom-Biting Bog Monsters), large spiders, creatures lurking in the plumbing, in his closet, under his bed, in his toy box and roving about the grounds of the house. Brian is afraid of nothing - or is he?

M.P. Robertson can tell a rousing tale for the little ones with a minimum of words. If you couple this with the wonderful art work which depicts various horrible monsters such as the Sock-Munching Demons under the bed, the Teddy Gobbling Goblins in the toy box, (And don't for get the Collywobbles that lurk there too, and of course the giant spider living in the drain of the sink, then you have a complete winner which kids get quite a kick out of.

Of course the book is designed to allow the child to actually (in their minds) be the hero of the story - Big Brave Brian.
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requested by my daughter for her 4 year old son as a Christmas present -- I did not read it, but he loves reading
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I gave this to my older brother Brian to read to his kids: he was battling stage 4 cancer at the time and so this book had a great message of how brave he was.
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