Don't Let the Cat Out of the Bag

Leave It to Beamer

Children - Educational
38 Pages
Reviewed on 10/31/2015
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Author Biography

Clay Boura is a loving husband and father of three residing in The Mitten State.

At an early age, Clay developed a love for the arts. Whether he was creating new cartoon characters or writing wild, imaginative stories, he knew that some day art would become a part of his future. And over the years, his love and passion for the arts has continued to grow.

Originally, Clay's dream was to become a cartoonist and have his very own cartoon strip in the newspaper alongside the famous Charles Schulz (Peanuts), Jim Davis (Garfield) and Bill Amend (Fox Trot) whom he idolized. However, after becoming a father and seeing how much enjoyment his children got when he read them bedtime stories, he decided he wanted to become a children's book author and illustrator. Becoming a published Author quickly became Clay's dream and he focused all of his attention on accomplishing that dream. And through the love and support of his family and with the help of the most amazing publisher, Mascot Books, Clay was able to achieve his dream and he became a published Author for the first time on January 6th, 2015!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite

Beamer and his mother shop for a birthday gift for Beamer’s father and, being the impulsive child that he is, Beamer is anxious to enlighten his father. He is stumped, though, when his mother abruptly tells him not to “let the cat out of the bag.” This totally confuses Beamer because the new razor purchased as a gift had nothing to do with cats or bags. In an effort to explain this strange “adult” version of the English language, Beamer devises a tale of the magical Kingdom of Mousealot in which the mouse king is abducted by the evil Meowzer. The mice of the kingdom are not happy with the overthrow of their kingdom. They agree to follow their comrade Monterey Jack in the capture of Meowzer to free their king and retain control of their kingdom. With the capture of Meowzer, the mice agree to never “let the cat out of the bag.”

Don't Let the Cat Out of the Bag in The Leave It to Beamer series, written and illustrated by Clay Boura, is a delightfully creative explanation of the frightful confusion of our English language. Idioms such as “don’t let the cat out of the bag,” “go out on a limb,” “leave you in stitches,” and “head over heels” are more properly illustrated by Beamer’s “off the top of his head” narratives. As a former English teacher, this reviewer is well aware of the unfairness of the conformities of our language. Idioms can be fun, though, if presented in a creative manner as Clay Boura has proven.