Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Boo's Bad Day Blog Tour with Reviews!

Boo's Bad Day Blog Tour is in full swing. We've already made several blog stops and have had lots of lovely comments.  The reviews are great! Today, we're visiting at

Here's what reviewers have to say:

Wendy Laharnar, 5 Stars Amazon
In Boo’s Bad Day, Penny Lockwood presents a sweet story which is a delight to read aloud. Small children will love the kitten and his adventure. They will understand the delicate message that home is the safest place to be.
Deborah C Johnson’s beautiful illustrations show us Boo’s miniature world and I loved the changing expressions on Boo’s face.
Boo’s Bad Day is a quality children’s picture book, one to snuggle into with your favourite child.  5 stars.
Wendy Laharnar
Author-The Unhewn Stone.
Sue Perkins
This a wonderful story about Boo the kitten who sits by the window watching the bigger cats play in the snow outside. He wants to go and join them and his chance comes when his owner Timmy comes in the door. Unfortunately the outside world is not as wonderful as Boo expected it to be.
After reading this book I wished I knew children who were the right age to read it. I was fascinated by the story and illustrations, and believe it will catch and hold young children's attention. The author makes no attempt to humanize Boo. He acts and purrs like a kitten when he is happy, and meows loudly when he is frightened. His owners love him and he loves them. The only reason he got into trouble was because he was bored. Is there a message for young people there?
Well done and thank you Ms Lockwood for writing a gorgeous book. You also picked exactly the right illustrator for your story. Congratulations.
Sue Perkins
Fantasy for the young and not so young
Joan Johnson, Grandmother
5 Stars Amazon
After a series of new life events, Boo discovers that there is no place as safe as home.
A wonderful, sweet story told in simple enough language for the smallest child to enjoy,
with illustrations that are equally wonderful.
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite, 4 Stars Readers Favorite
“Boo’s Bad Day” by Penny Lockwood is a short tale about a kitten who, after watching outside through the house window for hours, decided he wanted to go outside to play, like the other animals. He was just plain bored of playing with his toy mouse. But poor Boo was too little to open the door by himself, and nobody else was home. So Boo went back to his window sill to watch outside some more. Then he sees Timmy and his mom drive into the driveway, so he waits by the door to sneak outside when they come in. But as Boo was soon to learn, outside was not as attractive as it had at first appeared. There was a lot of snow out there; would Boo freeze to death? There were big trucks and dogs out there. Would Boo get run over or bitten? There were all kinds of things outside that Boo hadn’t considered from his window sill in the nice, warm house.
This is a very short story for young children. Although primarily written for entertainment, it does have a lesson to it: don’t be too impatient about growing up; just enjoy being little while you can. The illustrations are nicely done, and complement the text well. This is the sort of story your toddler may latch onto and never want to let go, insisting you read it to them at bedtime, night after night. Though you may wish they’d pick a different book once in a while, treasure those moments. This book teaches the little ones to just enjoy being little while they can. That goes for their parents, too: enjoy them while they are little, while you still can. Before you know it, they’ll be reading to their own kids at bedtime.
Virginia Jennings
A Beautifully illustrated picture book that illustrates the story of a kitten and his excursion out into the snow. This sweet little kitten knows he is supposed to stay inside and yet ventures out anyway, determined that it simply must be more interesting outside. He is frightened by what he finds though. Big huge trucks with their loud noises and a scary dog barking finally send him up a tree. When a little boy comes to rescue him and take him home. Boo (the kitten) finally realizes that just because something looks more fun does not mean it is better for you.
A perfect indirect lesson for kids!
Daryl Swan, The Spotlight, April 12, 2013
Boo's adventure...keeps a light-hearted cadence and promotes a message that the good feeling of security is sometimes buried under the stifling agitation of boredom.
Boo’s Bad Day by Penny Lockwood: A Review by Rachel Rueben
I’ll admit it, I’m an adult and I still read children’s books.  Sure, I pretend that I do so for research purposes, but it’s not true, not by a long shot!  Children’s books take me back to that simpler time before the world got complicated.  You know the time before we had bills, responsibilities, and worries.  I recently had the privilege to review Penny Lockwood’s newest children’s book, “Boo’s Bad Day” a story about taking on more than you can handle.
Boo is an adorable house kitten who’s never ventured outside before.  Even though Boo believes he’s ready to take on the world, he is forbidden to leave the house by his humans.  And with good reason, because the second he decides to disobey, he finds himself in big trouble.
Boo’s Bad Day is a great bed time story for parents to read to their little ones, and even for beginning readers.  The message within the book is timeless and realistic making it a perfect teaching tool about rules and their purpose in keeping children and “kittens” safe.  The illustrations by Deborah C. Johnson capture Boo’s personality as well as his misadventure perfectly.  I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars ★★★★★
Terri Forehand
Book Review: Boo's Bad Day
Boo's Bad Day, Author: Penny Lockwood, Illustrated by: Deborah C. Johnson
Boo's Bad Day is a cute picture book for kids that demonstrates in a fun way about obeying and listening when an adult tells you no. Boo wanted outside in the worst way, and didn't see the harm in sneaking outside for a bit. The story shows all the trouble Boo gets into while outside as a kitten too young to be out on his own.
Parents will enjoy this book as a bedtime story and a great spring board for teaching children about obedience. It is a cute story with a happy ending yet has a great life lesson threaded throughout with great illustrations that enhance the text. The author has done a great job of endearing Boo to the reader and showing children the consequences of going against what they have been told without being condescending. This is a must to add to your child's library to be read over and over.

Jo Linsdell

I was given a free review copy of this book which I read with my two sons. The story provoked numerous questions from my 5 year old about cats and why it wasn't OK for Boo to go outside by himself. My 1 1/2 year old delighted in pointing the cat out in each picture and 'barking' at the page (all animals are dogs in his mind at the moment). Both boys were concerned that Boo might hurt himself especially when he got stuck up the tree but cheered when he was safe again

 A nice read for young kids that raises awareness of pet care and the dangers that surround us outside of the home. The cute illustrations were loved by all of us.

Join me for the rest of the tour.  If you leave a comment, you'll be entered into a drawing for a signed print copy of Boo's Bad Day (US residents) or a PDF (outside US).


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  1. Thanks, Rena, I've been thrilled that so many people have good things to say about Boo.