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Precious and the Boo Hag (Anne Schwartz Books) Hardcover – January 1, 2005
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This is a book that will be a lot of fun for young readers. While Pruella is tricky and troublesome, she is the kind of creature that children will find amusing with just a hint of creepiness. The antics in the book will keep readers on their toes throughout the story. The illustrations have a down-home and inviting feel that further enhance the book. This is a wonderful book that is sure to please.
Reviewed by Stacey Seay, Children's Editor
for The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
One day Precious suffers from a horrible stomachache all night without cease. Her mother allows her stay home for the day but warns her not to open the front door for anyone. In fact, Precious's brother agrees with this advice and tells his little sister that she should watch out for the Boo Hag. "She's tricky and she's scary, and she tries to make you disobey yo' mama". Sure enough, once the family is gone Precious sees the terrifying sight of a nasty creature riding on the back of an approaching storm.Read more ›
And while the Editorial Reviewers have done a fine job summarizing the plot, they overlook the fact that you can use this story to talk about conscience and impulse control. Perhaps not in exactly those terms, but in Mom and kid terms. We've talked about children behaving badly on the playground, concluding that they must have been `listening to that ole Boo Hag." And how they should have listened to their 'conscience' which knows better than to act up and misbehave.
Five Stars. Fun story. Good Read-aloud. See the Editorial Reviewers for a good description of the story. Good opportunity here to speak to children about right and wrong.
I fell in love with this book the first time I read it. As a Media Specialist, I have used it for many story times and the children can never get enough. This book begs to be read aloud. It has predictability, repetition, and a child hero that outwits the villain. Children of all ages will love this story.
Read this book if:
* You love "scary" books
* You love books about African American heritage
* You love trickster stories
* You love read-aloud books
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cute story that isn't too scary. I used this as a read-aloud in the weeks before Halloween.Published 9 months ago by Susaninacloud
I'm the librarian at our elementary school and just recently got this book for our library. I've read it at story time to the third grade and second grade students. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jaj Naylor
I can't believe all the good reviews about this book. My daughter's daycare teacher read this book to the class and now my daughter (age 6) is horribly afraid of the "Boo Hag. Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by KySoph
This has to become an all time classic. I had a cafeteria full of elementary students mesmerized with this book while I read to them during lunch. Read morePublished on February 28, 2010 by rkc
Precious is a real heroine, being brave and clever and - thankfully - sensible. She doesn't let anybody into the house, which is just the way it should be. Read morePublished on September 12, 2008 by Ulyyf
My three girls read this book over and over again. They identify with the fear and love the way that Precious doesn't fall for the Boo Hag's tricks. Read morePublished on June 12, 2008 by Banana!
This is a must if you real aloud to kids. Kids walking by the library a week later could be heard singing the little ditty inside (you'll have to make up your own tune). Read morePublished on September 9, 2006 by L. Sabo