Perfect Picture Book Friday! Bogo, The Fox Who Wanted Everything by Susanna Isern

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a good story about being yourself!

Bogo, The Fox Who Wanted Everything
Written by Susanna Isern
Illustrated by Sonja Wimmer
40 pages – ages 4+

Published by NubeOcho on October 11, 2016

Theme/Topic- Nature/Being Yourself

Genre- Fiction
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Bogo the fox lived in the branches of a great big tree. This is quite unusual for a fox, but he was a very curious fox and from up there he could see everything much better.”

Synopsis from Publisher: “Bogo watched many animals around him. Some of them were so incredible that they made him feel less special. One day he decided to invent amazing things so that he could have everything he wanted.
A pair of wings to fly like a bird. It never worked.
A pair of night glasses to see like an owl. It never worked . . .”

What I Thought- This is a fabulous book celebrating individuality. Bogo is a lovable character who wants to be special and doesn’t give up. Well, he does, but that ends up being the turning point of the book where he realizes how special he is by himself. Isern’s writing has qualities kids will love – there are repeated phrases and everyone feels like they know a Bogo. Wimmer’s illustrations go with the writing marvelously – they create that sense of whimsy. I really like the variety of animals – and the fact that they wear old-style clothing! This is a wonderful story, and I think kids will enjoy having this read to them!

Activities and Resources- There is a great list of ways to encourage creativity from HERE!

There is also a post on self-esteem building from HERE!

The book is also available in Spanish!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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26 replies

  1. What a fabulous cover! I had to study it a moment to see the fox with all his apparel. Such a great story about individuality and being yourself.

  2. Once again, you found another terrific book to review! This sounds like a book that should be read in schools. Kids will definitely benefit from reading about the importance of individuality.

  3. You’ve picked a really quirky book. It looks like this will be a kid-favorite. Thanks.

  4. This looks really unique – cool pick!

  5. What a crazy cool cover. It took me awhile to figure out what I was seeing. Fun PPBF pick!

  6. The cover alone entices me. Can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for featuring it. 🙂

  7. What an amazing cover!

  8. Frankly, I wouldn’t mind having a set of those wings. Apparently dogs can’t fly, so the squirrels can scramble up into the trees and laugh at me. So rude.

    Love and licks,

  9. Excellent review-makes me want to go out and get the book immediately!

  10. Sounds like a great book! I love books that celebrate individuality.

  11. Such a fun cover! Sounds like Bogo is a unique and special character. I look forward to checking this out. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  12. Wow, what an extraordinary cover.


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