Bingo's Big Adventure is an engaging and exquisitely photographed children's book which offers readers a playful peek into the natural world from the perspective and voice of an inquisitive cat named Bingo.
Julia King's endearing photographs and amusing text capture the curiosity of a newly adopted cat named Bingo. This delightful, easy to read story follows Bingo on his explorations of the farm on which he now lives. Whether touching the dangerous wheels of a farm truck, sniffing out friendship in the family's other cat, Jimmy, climbing trees for a better view, chasing roosters, or scampering across the gravel road; Bingo discovers the excitement and wonder of his new environment. This story has a quiet message about observation that urges children to notice the little things around them that, with a little imagination, could become big adventures.
When your children fall in love with Bingo (and they will) you can continue the fun online with Bingo's Journal an adorable photo diary available on the website.
This story is a great fit for children ages 3-8. Homeschoolers can use the story as a starting point to launch into further discussions of the natural world, a study on cats or even use the text to casually introduce young children to the five senses. This story is a joy for all children (and cat-loving adults). Though it could be easily extended for further educational value, it is not exclusive to homeschoolers or any one group, but appeals to all children.
I was very impressed by the friendly text that captures the personality and spirit of a curious country cat. The pictures are lively and have a natural flow with the story. I especially love that the author took such care at the end of the story and on her website to introduce young children to the idea that even older cats have a fun and playful nature that makes them ideal pets. King's mission to promote the adoption of older cats that may otherwise be overlooked is genuine and commendable. I think it's pure genius to continue the adventure through her online journal and creating a world for Bingo that makes the children feel that they've made a friend. With such familiarity and connection with this little kitty, they are sure to be drawn to each new Bingo book as they are released.
Bingo's Big Adventure is $15.99 which is a fairly common price for children's books of this caliber and quality. I think King's photographic skill and her well-designed website add to the value of this great book. My children and I really enjoyed Bingo's
Big Adventure and I am pleased to recommend it to other parents.