4 out of 4 stars
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The Jolly Bupbup by Ann P. Borrmann is a children’s story about a Bupbup and a rainy day. The Bupbup is small with round eyes, a round tummy and hair growing up from the middle of her head. She is very jolly and friendly. One Wednesday, the Bupbup and her two cat companions are dismayed by a very rainy day. The cats do not go out in the rain, and the jolly Bupbup has no umbrella. They decide to watch the rain through the window of their little red house. There was a lot to see! The friends witnessed an unfortunate event that dimmed the Bupbup’s jolliness – for a time.
I really enjoyed this little book; it is perfect for young children. The text flowed with a nice rhythm. The font was child friendly; it was easy to read. Young readers are shown that things are not always as bad as they seem. They may also learn that, with some hard work and the help of a new friend, what was thought to be lost can be found again.
The story is beautifully illustrated. The artwork nicely matches the story. The only exception may be that the Bupbup is drawn very similarly to a young girl. It is hard to know if that was the author’s intent. There is no separate credit for an illustrator. While it may have been illustrated by the author, intuitively, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
One thing that threw me off a bit was that the book began with a poem about Twinkles. The poem about the elusive Twinkles, who love their naps and Thursday Tea, was nicely done. However, the transition to the Bupbup story was a bit abrupt. I was expecting more poetry or the continuation of the ‘Twinkle’ story. However, neither is the case.
The Bupbup tale starts in prose on the following page without any indication that it is not a continuation of the story of the poem. I would have found it helpful if this new section had a title. Having the poetry about the Twinkles at the end of the book may also work. The story is fantastical enough to support the mention of the Twinkles with more details following in the poem.
Overall, The Jolly Bupbup by Ann P. Borrmann is a lovely book that would be suitable for children ages three to five. Six to eight-year-olds may enjoy this story when they are learning to read. I did not find any grammar errors or typos within the book and my comments are fairly minor. As a result, I rate this children’s volume 4 out of 4 stars.
The Jolly Bupbup
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