From the Cover of Boo Who? by Ben Clanton:
“Boo is new — and it can be scary being new, especially for a shy ghost who can’t play any of the other kids’ games. Can Boo find a way to fit in and make friends with the rest of the group?
From the creator of Rex Wrecks It! comes a story about feeling invisible — and finding a way to be seen and appreciated for who you are.”
Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]
What Our Family Thought:
The target audience for this book appears to be the general public – specifically children in elementary school or approximately 4 to 10 years of age. Transfiguring Adoption was interested in this book as not only does it provide a fun tale that one might read around Halloween but it discusses feelings a child might have when they are the new student at a school. Naturally, being the new student at school is a common situation amongst foster and/or adoptive children.
The illustrations in the book seem to be very imaginative and animated. The colorful drawings have strong lines and a stylistic 2-D quality. The characters represented in the images are not human but imaginary characters of various sizes, colors, and genders which make this a good book for families with multiple races. The images do well to move the emotions and feelings of the story and seem to appeal to the lower age demographic which we mentioned above.
The story centers around a little ghost named Boo who is new to an area. The images suggest the characters are on a school playground but we are never told if Boo is new to a whole city or area or is Boo simply attending a new school – this generality makes the tale applicable to more children. Boo is having to deal with his insecurities and fears of making new friends and trying to fit in.
The story portrays the other characters in the book as being friendly and actually wanting to include Boo in their group. The tale proceeds to show how the characters interact with each other attempting to help Boo to fit in with their group.
While this book does not directly speak to foster or adoptive families, it would appear to be a great tale to generate healthy conversations about beginning a new school with a younger child. Transfiguring Adoption appreciates that this story’s plot circles around the issue of helping Boo to deal with his insecurities instead of creating an opposing character who acts as a bully or angry character. This will help caregivers focus their attention talking about a child’s fears and enforce the idea that other children at school will most likely be kind and friendly people.
Overall, Boo Who? seems to be a delightful tale which might be a quick read with your child but will provide long-lasting and healthy conversations with your child.
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It’s Your Turn:
- How can you see that the other children were friendly?
- Why was Boo scared? Why is being new scary?
- Which game was Boo the best at?
- Were all the kids good at all the games?
- What would you feel like if you were new?
- What good questions to ask people when you’re meeting someone new?