I hope everyone’s doing okay this morning. I want to wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
When I was a little girl, I took archery at my local YMCA. I actually won Archer of the Week one week. So I was excited to read Bo the Brave, Bethan Woolvin‘s new action-packed, fantastical picture book! Out from Peachtree on April 1, 2020, Bo the Brave is about a powerful young girl who figures out a way to “catch the monsters” to impress her two older brothers.
Bo wants to go on a quest to conquer the monsters – just like her brothers. But when her brothers tell her she’s too little, she takes things into her own hands.
While on her own quest, Bo realizes something she could not have imagined: the monsters are really nice. Bo realizes that instead of conquering the monsters, she can help the monsters. And that’s just what she does to prove to her older brothers what bravery looks like.
There is a certain childlike quality to Woollvin’s illustrations, which are created in gouache on cartridge paper. The book’s color palette is bright and energetic, reflecting Bo’s energy. Greens, pinks, and oranges pop out against the black and grays.
A really great text to spark discussion about what bravery looks like and about how our perceptions of others can change, Bo the Brave earns three stars. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️