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Boolar's Big Day Out


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Second title in wonderfully inventive series THE BOXPerfect first reader with lots to look at in the wonderful art and brilliant witty text to enjoyAll the world exists in this box!

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Sally Gardner lives in North London where she works on her beautiful books. Apart from The Countess's Calamity, Sally is also the author and illustrator of MUMMY DON'T GO OUT TONIGHT as well as responsible for the beautiful pictures in POLLY'S RUNNING AWAY BOOK and POLLY'S WORST BIRTHDAY EVER. Sally is also published by Orion children's books.


PW called the first of Sally Gardner's Tales from the Box, The Countess's Calamity, a "diverting and clever fantasy, sure to attract a following." In her second in the series, Boolar's Big Day Out, readers return to the park with Mr. and Mrs. Mouse and the five dolls in the box next door. Boolar, tempted by the allure of starring in the puppet theatre, ultimately realizes who his true friends are. Gardner's intriguing illustrations set her characters against photos of three-dimensional backgrounds. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Gr 2-4-This charming story features the dolls introduced in The Countess's Calamity (Bloomsbury, 2003), a family of mice, and a theater troupe of puppets. Boolar lives in a box in the park near the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mouse. He and the other dolls prepare for winter by storing whatever food they can find; all of them help, but Boolar is the most successful at bringing home supplies. One day he is offered the opportunity to play the lead in a puppet troupe's production of The Adventures of Tom Thumb. He immediately falls in love with the leading lady puppet and forgets about his family and friends. Though he is looked down upon because he is only a doll, Boolar is caught up in the performers' lavish and exciting lifestyle and refuses to help when his friends ask for his assistance during a storm. Soon, however, he is demoted from his star role, and he realizes, "I've lost everything!" This is where the story truly turns, for after righting some wrongs and bringing things back into balance, Boolar is accepted back. The story is complex and the emotional turmoil is clear. The illustrations of the dolls, the mice, the theater, and the park enhance the playful and theatrical quality of the story. This satisfying read has engaging writing, an entertaining story line, plus a lesson in friendship and loyalty.-JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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