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Little Boo Board book – August 9, 2016
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PreS—A little seed tries to scare everyone he meets but is unsuccessful because of his size. A leaf, a grub, and snowflakes all rebuff his "boos." The wind encourages him to wait, and the seed falls asleep for the winter. When he awakes in the spring, he's a sprout and he tries out another "boo," but to no avail. He keeps growing, however, until he becomes a pumpkin. Eventually he turns into a jack-o'-lantern and is easily able to scare everyone. This board book version of the title originally released in 2014 has a muted palette and soft, painterly illustrations with pleasing repetition, and a plot that will resonate with young readers and those looking for a slightly spooky tale. VERDICT This selection will be enjoyed by those looking for a Halloween story.—Ramarie Beaver, Plano Public Library System, TX
“Little Boo will make a good supplement to Halloween collections.” ―School Library Journal
“Wunderli's new take on the life cycle of a seed works well as a metaphor for a young child's desire to grow . . . Remember to share this at harvest and Halloween time for a fresh and wonderfully tame autumn tale.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Wunderli's tender story offers a lyrical take on the holiday, entwined with an impatience to grow up that many young readers will easily identify with.” ―Publisher's Weekly--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
The story is about a little pumpkin seed who wants to be big and scary, but has a hard time waiting for it to happen over time as he grows. He keeps trying to scare grubs, caterpillars, a shovel, and other garden items, but he's sad that he isn't scaring them. The wind mentors him and keeps telling him that he needs to be patient, but it will happen and he will eventually be scary. The seed grows into a sprout, then a vine, (story skips over the small green pumpkin part of a pumpkin life cycle), a big orange pumpkin, and finally a Jack-o-Lantern.
I like that this book illustrates the life cycle of a pumpkin in sweet and colorful illustrations and I used this book to introduce my daughter's pre-K class to the pumpkin life cycle and segway into a cut and paste pumpkin life cycle activity. The story also has a good message of learning to be patient, which is relatable and hard for kids to do - they want to be big and grown so they can be independent. We talked about that moral as well. This is a very cute book, perfect for learning or just to read for fun before heading to the pumpkin patch.