There’s something about big, beautiful, innocent eyes that makes me go all gooey inside, and the book I laid eyes on last week made me do just that! Boo and the Big Storm, written by Wendy Lawrence and Glen Vause, is one of my top stocking filler suggestions for this Christmas.
Boo’s curiosity gets her in trouble and she’s picked up by a stormy wind and dropped at the bottom of a tree, away from her two siblings. She calls out, but her parents are away hunting. A strange monster (Farmer Goodman) finds Boo and takes her to unfamiliar surroundings. It ends with a heart-warming and satisfying finish for every child (and parent) when Boo is returned to her family.
It’s a self-published book, which if I had to be honest, made me a little sceptical. But, after reading the first few pages, I was hooked. It’s excellent quality and just as good as any book you’d find from a big house publisher.
It was those images that made me fall in love with Boo instantly. It doesn’t take much for children to connect with an animal with big, brilliant eyes like Boos. The colour of the images sets the mood and it’s a joy to turn each page.
I also adore the way Wendy has written Boo and the Big Storm. It’s easy to read, has its own slow rhythm and we get to learn how Boo feels as a little owlet being misplaced from her nest. Wendy also brings an educational component into the book. It’s a misconception that a bird won’t take back their baby after a human has touched it and this book helps to dispel that myth.
Wendy has been rehabilitating raptors and owls for the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers Inc. (NRWC) in northern New South Wales for the last 20 years. It’s obvious she has a passion for the subjects in her book.
I’m not letting Miss Possum review this book until after Christmas. She will add her score then, but if I know my daughter, she will ADORE this book. I’ve also bought her a little owl plush that looks just like Boo to add to the present.
If you’d like to find out more about Boo and the Big Storm please visit Wild Publishing.