Boisterous Bootsy's Chance

How A Lost and Lonely Kitty Learned to Trust

Children - Animals
66 Pages
Reviewed on 06/25/2022
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Author Biography

Teresa McBride is a teacher who enjoys teaching sixth grade. She resides in Kent, Ohio with her husband Gary and their rescued fur babies. Teresa and her husband have adopted dozens of homeless cats and dogs throughout the past 24 years. Once Bootsy joined their family, Teresa was inspired to write a story about him because too many times her and her husband were told to get rid of him due to his behavioral issues. Like many rescues, Bootsy did not always experience a caring and secure environment. He is very adorable and yet incredibly boisterous too. So, at the young age of 4 years old, Bootsy had already found himself "tossed" aside and homeless. Plus, as a teacher, her students were sharing some heartfelt stories about animals that broke her heart. With Booty's boisterous personality, Teresa decided to tell his story in a humorous way. An important message to help others as well as children understand that animals need to be treated with kindness and compassion. Rescued, adopted and homeless animals need lots of love and patience. Teresa is already working on a sequel of Bootsy's journey. To continue to spread the message in a light hearted way. It is her hope to raise awareness the importance of empathy and kindness towards animals. To show that animals have feelings like people. Just like Bootsy and all the other rescued animals - with understanding and patience - the unconditional love and loyalty that a rescued animal brings into the home is priceless!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

Homelessness is a significant problem in the world. Often, we forget that animals are faced with homelessness, too. Too often, cats and dogs leave their homes for assorted reasons. Boisterous Bootsy’s Chance: How a Lost and Lonely Kitty Learned to Trust by Teresa A. McBride does an excellent job of presenting how being without a family affects all. Bootsy (a cat) finds a home that has already adopted several fur babies. He feels he must control the house or be cast out. His behavior is unacceptable. Through love and acceptance, Bootsy learns to trust. He then goes about helping other fur kids who are homeless. Every fur baby deserves a loving home. Bootsy’s humans have even adopted a three-legged cat. Differently-abled fur babies also deserve love and acceptance.

Teresa A. McBride has authored a wonderful little allegory. Boisterous Bootsy’s Chance is about the need to rescue animals, especially cats and dogs. However, I believe the message goes much deeper. Adoption takes a community. Bootsy learns about a forever home and then makes it his goal to help others find forever homes. There is also a significant problem with homelessness among human children. So often, when an adoption occurs, the child will push the limits to see if they are accepted and loved. This book will help children understand the struggle and help parents learn how to unconditionally accept the child. Read this book with your adoptive child and your other children. Help them learn proper behavior and why true love is unconditionally accepting.

Miche Arendse

Boisterous Bootsy's Chance: How A Lost and Lonely Kitty Learned to Trust by Teresa A McBride follows Bootsy, a stray cat looking for his forever home. Bootsy is tired of being homeless so when a couple comes along and takes Bootsy in, he hatches a plan to make this his permanent home. Bootsy wants to be the king of this new home, but he will have to win over the other furry kids in the house and make sure they all follow him. That way he won’t lose his new home. Can Bootsy become king of the house or will he find himself homeless once again?

Boisterous Bootsy's Chance by Teresa A McBride was an interesting story with a very sweet message at the end. I think this story would appeal to young children with all of Bootsy’s antics throughout the book. His mischievous nature makes for many entertaining scenes, especially his many misplaced deeds. In the end, Bootsy is just misunderstood as we see throughout the story and children might find this relatable, especially in the scenes where he tries to befriend the other animals in the house. The story is very well written with a pleasing plot and an even better message. The illustrations were also bright and cute which added to the overall theme of the story. Many different lessons can be taken from this story, all wrapped up in a fun and enjoyable tale. I feel that this book would do well in any space with younger children.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

“One, Two, Three! This plan will work for me!” Well, at least, Bootsy was hopeful that his plan would work. In Boisterous Bootsy's Chance: How A Lost and Lonely Kitty Learned to Trust by Teresa A McBride, readers learn that after being homeless and abandoned more than once, Bootsy was determined to make his new home his fur-ever home, like fur-ever! There were other rescued pets in this home, and Bootsy planned to win them all over to support him in his plan to become King of the House. You see, Bootsy believed he had to be in charge to be loved and wanted – fur-ever. It took a few more rescued pets and a whole lot of listening to the other pets’ stories for Bootsy to realize that his sad tale of abandonment and being homeless was not unique. Sad, but true. He finally realized that collaboration was the key and trusting his human caregivers, as the other rescued pets did, was his best course of action.

Teresa A McBride’s picture book, Boisterous Bootsy’s Chance, is a compassionate look at the ever-growing dilemma of homeless pets. The plot follows Bootsy’s journey from being abandoned and homeless to being rescued once again - hopefully, this time for good. Bootsy is a clever kitty, one who’s determined to make sure this home works out. He’s even created a plan, which he’s written down in an orderly fashion in his little notebook. Each time he attempts to implement one of the items on his list, he chants his mantra. This resilient and resourceful kitty is determined and on a quest, only he doesn’t yet realize that his quest would be much simpler if he just learned to trust. Told in simple language so young readers can easily follow along and accompanied by bright, bold, and colorful illustrations, this is a fun story, full of humor and compassion, love and determination. Well done!

Gary McBride

Boisterous Bootsy's Chance: How A Lost and Lonely Kitty Learned to Trust. Readers learn that the character Bootsy was truly homeless and rescued in real life. Boisterous Bootsy’s Chance, is a cute story from Bootsy the cat who finds himself always homeless. He carries around a little notebook under his furry little arm with a plan to find a forever home to take-over. He also sings a funny little song every time his plan works. It’s a great story with a very important message about homeless animals told in a comical way.

Darlene Kramer

Boisterous Bootsy's Chance: How A Lost and Lonely Kitty Learned to Trust

loved it

It is a nice children’s book and would be great for a teacher to read to them also very well done with a lesson to be learned loved it


Very touching story

The story of Bootsy is very relatable to real life situations about acceptance. The story is both touching and makes you stop and think about all the poor animals that are homeless. The author really gets her point across. The illustrations are vibrant and very true to real life (you have to see the character page in the inside to see the real life cats and dog). Bootsy really has quite the personality. I look forward to a sequel to see how Bootsy fairs in his new home.

Melanie Wilkins

Loved it!

Brenda Wentland

Boisterous Bootsy's Chance by Teresa A McBride is a tale of an adopted rescue kitty named Bootsy! He finally discovers he only needs to be himself to be loved by all in a forever home.
A sweet little tale suitable for most children and a great discussion to have by all.


Boots is a fun cat!

Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2022
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I love Boots, his notebook, and his dance. This is a fun read. Thank you!

Brenda Wentland

I was in awe of Boisterous Bootsy’s Chance, it brought so much light and heart to the poor homeless creature's dilemma. Not knowing how to trust Bootsy chose to try controlling the situation to insure his place in this great house. I loved the book, it was well written and even I could understand the meaning of Boisterous Bootsy's Chance.



Boisterous Bootsy's Chance is an adorable story that teaches all ages that being different doesn’t mean you should give up your dreams of finding happiness. It is a great way to explain how to overcome adversity.

I recommend this book to all ages!

Autumn P.

Great Book!

My family and I loved this book! Great read :)

John P.

Great Read!

Very entertaining!

Story does a great job helping kids understand compassion for animals.