Boris Saves the Show by Carrie Weston and Tim Warnes

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Boris Saves the Show by Carrie Weston and Tim Warnes

Category: For Sharing
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Ruth Ng
Reviewed by Ruth Ng
Summary: A sweet story that illustrates everyone has a role, and everyone can be a hero, in their own special way!
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: March 2013
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 978-0192758279

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Bookbag has enjoyed Boris' previous adventures in Oh, Boris! and Bravo, Boris! so I was keen to see what Boris was up to this time around. We're back amongst familiar faces, in Miss Cluck's school, and this time Miss Cluck has decided the class will put on an end of term show, and that there will be special guests from the Pond Side Nursery coming to watch too! But what role will Boris take in the show?

Dear, sweet Boris is an endearingly large and clumpy sort of bear. In this story he has a go at singing, but when he sings the piano shakes and all the other animals cover their ears! Then he has a go at dancing, but his thumping feet don't seem to suit being a dancer. Fortunately Miss Cluck is adept at finding ways for her class to be useful, so she soon has Boris busy making the scenery! When it comes to choosing costumes the dressing up box is full of interesting items, and Boris ends up with a beautiful superhero cape!

When the day of the show rolls around everyone has worked very hard and is very excited about the guests coming along to watch. But then, oh no! Miss Webb and her class get stuck and are unable to come. Boris, hearing the news, suddenly has an idea. He rushes outside, his cape streaming out behind him, and he becomes a real hero as he rushes through the woods, rescues Miss Webb and gets them back to the school safely ready for the show!

This is a sweet little story. I like the idea behind it, that everyone is good at something. It works well for those who are just starting school themselves, so will enjoy a good school story (especially if they're going to be putting on a show any time soon!) but younger children can join in the fun too as the story is easy to follow. The illustrations are darling - I really love all the sweet little animals. They're all terribly cute but I think my favourites are the little mice, especially when they're busy painting and then when they're trying on their costumes which consist of funny looking hats! I also really like Miss Webb's nursery class (little yellow ducklings and frogs!) who all look suitably upset and puzzled when they get stuck in the mud on the way to the concert! There's something soft and welcoming about the pictures, they draw you in, and although there's lots to look at if you want to take your time they're also clear enough to make sense if you have the sort of child who just wants you to read the story, all the way through, with no stopping to chat along the way!

You might also enjoy this story about a school show The Best Singer in the World by Ulf Nilsson and Eva Eriksson or for another bear story try Don't Worry Douglas by David Melling

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Tim Warnes said:

Thanks for your kind words about my work. The Boris books are amongst my favourites - I love working on the series. There really is something endearing about them. Look out for a new adventure in 2013 - Boris Gets Spots!

Yours,

Tim Warnes