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May 23 2012

Boris on show by Andrew Joyner

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Puffin Books, 2012. ISBN 9780143306696
(Age: Early reader) Warmly recommended. Humour. Into the Hogg's Bay Show, Boris enters a whole host of things, a large pumpkin, some lemons, a piece of his artwork, a photograph, and some eggs, even his cat, Lion. But best of all, he spends time making a carrot cake. He collects the carrots from the garden from under the nose of Frank the sheep, who loves eating them.
Boris and his family go to the show, confident that Boris will win a prize, but when the children are high up in the ferris wheel, they see Frank lurking outside the cake judging tent. All will be lost if Frank gets inside, so the children act. Boris saves the day however, and although he does not win a prize, his photo is in the paper as the hero of the show.
Another in the charming series of stories about Boris the pig, is presented in this tale of submitting entries for the local show, and then saving the day with some quick thinking. The subtlety of the selfless act by Boris will not be lost on the readers, as they ponder his win. The lively story with its cheerful illustrations will be sought out by early readers, eager for a new chapter book, and with the recipe for carrot cake at the end no one will be able to resist trying it out. at home or in the classroom.
Fran Knight

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