BORIS ON THE MOVE by Andrew Joyner
Kirkus Star

BORIS ON THE MOVE

From the "Boris" series, volume 1
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

An early reader shaped just like a chapter book: What’s not to love?

For emergent readers who view themselves as accomplished (or wish to be seen that way), this, one of the publisher’s Branches line, might just be the perfect choice. Boris, a not-particularly-attractive hog, is frustrated. Although he and his parents live in a bus that once took them on fabulous vacations, now the old vehicle is permanently parked, and he longs for adventure. Finally, his empathetic parents fire up the engine to bring him on a journey that, it disappointingly turns out, is only across town to a nature preserve. However, Boris, his anger vividly portrayed in his frazzled body language, contrives to get himself satisfyingly lost. Happily, he’s found, first by a cat in need of a home and then by his parents. Full-color illustrations of his humorously anthropomorphized hog family and just one or two sentences of easy, large-print text per page make this an inviting read for transitioning readers, although they may initially be a bit daunted by the misleading appearance of a full 74 pages of narrative—including a simple science experiment.

The brief text and a chapter format both make this a manageable and entertaining accomplishment for most young readers as well as an amusing listening experience for those not quite able to tackle it alone. (Early reader. 4-7)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-545-48443-5
Page count: 80pp
Publisher: Branches/Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2013




BOOK GIFT IDEAS FOR CHILDREN:

Children LITTLE NAOMI, LITTLE CHICK by Avirama Golan
by Avirama Golan
Children THE BEAR'S SONG by Benjamin Chaud
by Benjamin Chaud
Children GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT by Mem Fox
by Mem Fox

MORE BY ANDREW JOYNER

ChildrenWHAT'S THE MATTER, AUNTY MAY? by Peter Friend
by Peter Friend
ChildrenBORIS SEES THE LIGHT by Andrew Joyner
by Andrew Joyner
ChildrenBORIS GETS A LIZARD by Andrew Joyner
by Andrew Joyner

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenNEW PIG IN TOWN by Lisa Wheeler
by Lisa Wheeler
ChildrenFOLLOW ME, MITTENS by Lola M. Schaefer
by Lola M. Schaefer
ChildrenON THE GO WITH PIRATE PETE AND PIRATE JOE by Ann Edwards Cannon
by Ann Edwards Cannon