Monday, January 12, 2015

ARC Review: Virgil & Owen by Paulette Bogan

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Expected Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Genre: Children
Source: Print ARC

Every great friendship started somewhere, but here's a story of how not to make friends…

When Virgil the penguin finds a lost polar bear, Owen, he wants Owen all to himself. He will be the only penguin with a polar bear as a best friend! But this Owen plays with everyone else on the iceberg! Isn't Owen supposed to be Virgil's friend and Virgil's friend only?
With a gentle twist on this classic childhood dilemma, Paulette Bogan introduces a new charming and lovable duo to readers.

Virgil & Owen is the story of how not to make friends. Virgil finds a polar bear one day and decides to claim him as his own. No one can play with the polar bear or have fun with him because he "belongs" to Virgil.

Virgil becomes so possessive that the polar has no choice but to tell him "No" and that he has a name and it's Owen. At this time Virgil isn't happy and throws a tantrum because his polar bear doesn't want to just be his. Why can't Owen just be friends with Virgil? What's so wrong about that?

Meanwhile, Owen and the other animals come to him and ask if he wants to play. In the end Virgil learns a great lesson, being a friend is a mutual thing and trying to make them just "yours" will push them away.

This is my first children's book for review and first time reading Paulette Bogan. I enjoyed the story as well as the illustrations. It's a perfect way to teach children the right and wrong way of how to make and not make friends. I find that children are very much visual learners. Having a polar bear and penguin as the main characters is so fun!

I definitely look forward to more from the author and I wouldn't be too sad to see another book involving both Virgil & Owen!

*Thank you to Bloomsbury for providing me with a review copy for an honest review.

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About Author:

Paulette Bogan was raised on the Jersey Shore,
where she had her first “artistic experiences”.

During a family outbreak of chicken pox, Lucille Bogan, Paulette’s mother, encouraged Paulette and her brothers and sisters to paint a mural on the playroom wall! For Paulette, this was the start of something big. She became a humorous artist, enchanting grammar school and high school teachers with her “flattering portraits” of them. This led to a great amount of free time, better known as detention, where Paulette continued to develop her humorous style.

For more information about Paulette such as school visits, other works, and ways to contact her, please visit her on the website below.



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