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Bethan Woollvin (The Children's Book Podcast #596)

Bethan Woollvin (@bethanwoollvin) shares BO THE BRAVE, a new picture book about a young princess on the hunt for monsters. All of Bethan’s picture books up to this point have been retellings of well-known fairy tales, but with a twist. LITTLE RED featured an empowered child unwilling to be bested by the wolf. RAPUNZEL refused to be confined by fear in the witch’s tower. HANSEL & GRETEL has wicked children who tease a witch unrelentingly, and they get what’s coming to them. Bethan’s newest picture book is an original fairy tale and it centers on Bo, a young princess who yearns to be invited along on her brothers’ quest for monsters. When Bo sets out on her own, she discovers that monsters are, quite unjustly, what we make them out to be. And from that point forward, Bo seeks to see the individuals she encounters as who they are, not what the stories say they should be. 

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A feisty little girl learns who the real monsters are in this brilliantly funny medieval adventure.

Once, there lived a little girl called Bo. Bo wanted to be just like her brothers and capture a fearsome monster. Bo is small, too small to catch a monster--or so her brothers say. But Bo isn't one to take no for an answer, so she sets off on a quest to catch a monster of her own. Can she defeat the furious griffin, conquer the hideous kraken, and triumph over the monstrous dragon? Or has Bo got the wrong idea who the real monsters are?

Author-illustrator Bethan Woollvin, the creator of the New York Times Best Illustrated Little Red, employs her signature style in this original fairy tale with a clever twist. Readers are sure to fall in love with Woollvin's newest vibrant and sassy protagonist.


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