My sons and I just read a new book, MR. Bo: Finds a New Home and a New Name. This book is told from the perspective of a stray cat named Linus who is in a Humane Society shelter waiting to be adopted. The cat is eventually adopted by the author Timothy Battle and renamed Mr. Bo.
My sons love to read books. However for the ages of my children – 18 months and 4 years old –they became very antsy as the book was read aloud to them. The book is designed for readers age 4-8, so reading it to the 18 month old was worthless, he was out; though I did catch him later looking at the illustrations. Both sons loved looking at the cat and my young 4 YO did want to know if he found a home. However, reading the book to him was like reading it to a feral kitten as he strayed too much as I attempted to get to the end of the book for the conclusion; this made the book hard to stay into and focused upon. I think some extra patients and maturity might help his interest in level of this book and I would classify it as an early elementary age book (K-3rd grades).
One of the things that bugged me most about this book was that in the title they tell you Mr. Bo gets a new name, and in the beginning of the book the cat’s name is Linus. You know the name will change to Mr. Bo. The book constantly reminds the reader that Linus has a name that fits him, and then he gets renamed Mr. Bo, but then the cat discloses this is not his true name either. It bugs me that this “issue” is unresolved.
My husband liked the book and thought it was great for children to see what pet adoption is all about. I agree; for me, MR. Bo: Finds a New Home and a New Name seems like a good fit for homes with adopted pets, pets headed to a shelter as the family can no long keep their pet, for children learning about pets or adoption, or children who maybe spending time volunteering in a shelter type of setting. This book can help children understand the process of adoption and what happens inside a shelter.
Mr. Bo and author Tim Battle gave me an autographed copy of this book in order to write my honest review. They have also offered a signed copy to one of our readers, so you can win a copy for yourself and tell us all what you think of the book. The neat and unique thing about this book is you not only get your paperback copy, but you also receive an e-Live link and special code to download the audio version.
You can keep up with Mr. Bo on Twitter @mrbobooks and Like his page on Facebook. You can find author Tim Battle and Mr. Bo on their book’s website  as well; you can even purchase a signed copy there. You can also purchase MR. Bo: Finds a New Home and a New Name on Amazon or at your local book store.
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