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THE STORY OF BO AND THE CIRCUS THAT WASN'T

Illustrated by Donovan Bixley

Written by selected Telecom customers with additional words and editing by Kyle Mewburn

Scholastic 2012

Softcover, 240 x 250mm, 24pp

 

Bo dreams of being an acrobat. There's just one problem. He's afraid of heights. Oh, and he's a sheep... AND he lives in a land where circuses are forbidden... 

Will he ever be able to realise his dream?

 

REVIEWS

"This arrived in our letterbox today. I ripped it open and promised the daughter it would be our bedtime story later on. Once bedtime rolled around, she excitedly got ready in her PJs and we sat down to find out who Bo is. 
First impression - the cover to this book is beautiful and bright. Bo is a very animated sheep on the front. He looks like he is going to be funny and friendly. He is accompanied by a creature wearing a woolen hat. I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out what it was, but failed. Her identity is revealed late in the story and once it was, I felt a little silly for not seeing it earlier. 
Inside the book was not a disappointment either. Although Bo lives in a grey world, he is so full of fun and colour and it shows through on each page. Each page has so many wonderful characters, hidden in the background of the story. The story itself was uplifting, about friendships and challenges. 
I liked the language in the book, lots of quite long words used, but it flowed really well and I dont think a wordy book is a bad thing.
Lastly, really cool that Kyle Mewburn wrote this with contribution of several other people (Telecom customers) and all funds go to the Telecom Foundation which is a Telecom umbrella charity, with a main focus on kiwi kids"

 

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