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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for 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.