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Monday, 23 March 2020

Review: Beetle and Boo

Beetle and Boo is a humorous, lighthearted story of the two friends and Bear’s search to find out if and what Beetle is scared of.

When Beetle announces that she’s not scared of anything, Boo doesn’t seem convinced, so he asks her specifically about some of the usual scary suspects; spiders, the dark, thunder, lightening and more. It really seems that Beetle is very brave, will they ever find something she fears? A giggle-worthy discovery prevails!

I adore Caitlin Murry’s direct, playful writing style and her bold textural illustrations which show life and movement; together they create Boo’s inquisitive nature and Beetle’s joyful confidence.

Beetle and Boo flows beautifully and is fun to read aloud. Beetle’s inspiring bravery is something which becomes contagious and fun to mimic when reading with young children. It would be great to share with a group or class.

Caitlin Murray is a Melbourne based author illustrator, some of her other books include The Missing Treasure, The Medical Emergency and Something For Fleur.

Title: Beetle and Boo
Author/Illustrator: Caitlin Murray
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia, $17.99
Publication Date: 4 February 2020
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780143796565
For ages: 3 – 5
Type: Picture Book


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