Bo the Brave

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A feisty little girl learns who the real monsters are in this brilliantly funny medieval adventure. Once, there lived a little girl called Bo. Bo wanted to be just like her brothers and capture a fearsome monster. Bo is small, too small to catch a monster―or so her brothers say. But Bo isn't one to take no for an answer, so she sets off on a quest to catch a monster of her own. Can she defeat the furious griffin, conquer the hideous kraken, and triumph over the monstrous dragon? Or has Bo got the wrong idea who the real monsters are?

Author-illustrator Bethan Woollvin, the creator of the New York Times Best Illustrated Little Red, employs her signature style in this original fairy tale with a clever twist. Readers are sure to fall in love with Woollvin’s newest vibrant and sassy protagonist.---from the publisher

32 pages                             978-1682631829                          Ages 4-7

Keywords:  bravery, monsters, adventure, helping others, kindness, stereotypes, gender roles, size, brothers/sisters, fairy tale, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old


The little sister, Bo, wants to go off hunting monsters with her two older brothers, Erik and Ivar.  They tell her she can't come.  Bo heads to her room to sulk but she doesn't stay there very long. In short order Bo hits the road to find some monsters of her own.

Only her journey turns out to be a little bit different from the one she expected to have with her brothers.  Bo discovers a monster and is tells it to "be ready to be got."  Turns out that this monster is not a bad guy. It's the Griffin and this Griffin is delighted to join Bo on her quest to hunt for monsters.

A fearless female and a parade of monstrous friends sallies forth from page to page ready to take on the worst of the worst.

Fun, thoughtful, and filled with the wonderful  message that size and gender do not a monster make ...and one should be accepted for one's pluses rather than turned away over assumptions and stereotypes.

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,

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