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Milo is FREE!
Join Milo, the long forgotten Bull Terrier, as he travels the world in search of nothing more than a friend he can call his own. Milo & Ze is the eagerly-awaited second illustrated children's picture Bull Terrier dog book for kids by Mark Watson and Pablo Michau, authors of the bestselling, "The Shark in the Park".
Milo & Ze makes the perfect Bull Terrier gift for kids, dog lovers and bully fans alike. This children's Bull Terrier picture book has become one of the most popular Bully books for children ever...
WINNERS: Best Illustrated Children's Ebook MOONBEAM Awards 2015
WINNERS: Best Children's Animal Book
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WINNERS: Best Illustrated Children's book
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan
Milo and Ze: A Tale of Friendship by Mark Watson is the story of an adorable pet, Milo, who finally escapes from his kennel when it is broken into pieces. He looks into the crater and sees a fallen star. The star tells Milo that it has come to help him as it watched him while he was dreaming. The star tells Milo that he will meet a friend at his journey's end. And off they go on a journey across the bridge, through towns and onto the roads. Milo sees many new things on his journey and meets a lot of new people, until he finally meets up with a little boy, Ze. The book conveys a good message of enduring hardships in life to reach one's goal and emerge a winner.
I enjoyed the story for its beautiful concept. The illustrations are bright and colorful and they add life and color to the characters and scenes. The book will make a good bedtime story and it is also perfect to use for read aloud sessions in school libraries and classrooms. The concept and the message conveyed through the story are very helpful in teaching kids how to look at life and handle the challenges they face in life. The book teaches young readers new things and ideas, and helps improve their vocabulary. The story is emotional and touches the hearts of readers. Milo finally finding his home is an emotional as well as a joyful moment.
Destined to take its place among the classics in children literature.
By Rick Johnson
This was a beautiful written children's story by Mark Watson accompanied by the unsurpassed illustrations of Pablo Michau rarely found in any book either children's or adults. This is a story that both young and old will enjoy time and time again. Milo is a forgotten pet forsaken by his owners in the backyard. Milo's dream of finding a friend seems to be a forsaken task until one night when a ball of blinding light smashes into his kennel. Milo is freed from the backyard and meets many interesting and unique characters on his remarkable trek to find his friend. I highly recommend this book as it's destined to take its place among the classics in children literature.
By Barbara Mojica
Milo is an bull terrier who has been virtually abandoned by his human owners. One night a blinding light from the sky shatters his doghouse and leaves a gaping crater. A falling star urges him to follow it on a one week's journey, after which Milo will find his true friend Ze. What an adventure! Milo meets all sorts of animals and even a monster on a trip that ventures over the seas, up into the skies and across the desert. Milo's faith and resistance to all manners of peril allow him to survive and find his true friend, at last!
The illustrations of Pablo Michau and the crisp rhymes draw readers into the adventure. Targeted for preschoolers and primary grade children, this book is a good choice for a bedtime story or as a child's beginning read aloud. Fosters the values of friendship and persistence. Highly recommended.
`Well done, you made it Milo, you've reached the home of Ze,
the little boy you've travelled so far to see'
By Grady Harp HALL OF FAME - TOP 500 REVIEWER
Author Mark Watson was born in England, and illustrator Pablo Michau in South Africa, both now live in Mataro, Spain where Mark teaches English and Pablo works as a freelance illustrator/graphic designer. After their first collaboration the two men have committed to working exclusively on children's book. We, the readers, are the winners. Their shared sense of creativity and sensitivity as well as a natural sense of what will entertain a child and provide some important character building blocks is not only evident here- it shines! Now we are privileged to their second book MILO & ZE and the high standards they set for themselves are maintained if not surpassed.
Milo is a dog who has been forgotten, locked in a kennel, until one night a blinding light comes out of the night sky and smashes his kennel creating a crater that Milo braves his way to peer into and hears a mole who asks his name and Milo discovers a fallen star: `'Never again need you wish for a friend, he waits for you at your journey's end.' And off Milo goes on a journey, sees a truck, meets Big the Pig who invites him to his yacht which turns out to be a leaky barge but Milo jumps ship and ultimately comes ashore to see Big the Pig safe and free. Milo meets a pelican who gives him a ride. The next ride is on a camel but a sandstorm hits, covers Milo, but he is discovered by an elephant who helps him on his journey. But more adventures arise - a tiger, a mountain goat, a cavern and finally Milo arrives at the door where lives an Indian lad by the name of Ze: Milo finally has a friend of his own.
Enchanting rhyming verse, exquisite illustrations and a heartwarming adventure that simply is restorative and makes the reader feel good. Searching for friends - a great goal and a wonderful destination. Highly recommended for children and art loving adults.
By Amazon Customer
This is a superbly written book, with vivid illustrations that beautifully accompany this cleverly told story. We are whisked away on an adventure, not only in terms of storyline, but also in the use of language in this wonderful book.
As a teacher, I feel that this would be perfect in terms of phonics work as if this story is read out loud, it offers so much in terms of sounding out vowels, consonants but also digraphs. It is very precisely written in this respect, and I can only assume that the author had this in mind when writing it. Naturally therefore it is highly educational and it is easy to see this book being used in classrooms.
'Is your name Milo? A mole enquires', is an example of how phonemes are played with to maximum effect. Children have a chance to compare the two similar soundings of the letter 'o'. However the next rhymes are 'fear', 'there's' and 'hear', allowing the child to think about the sound of the rhymes, yet seeing that the first and third word look similar and sound similar, they can see that the middle word essentially rhymes in a different way, and looks altogether different (the consonant 'r' matches). This is a very good tactic in getting children to focus on rhyme, and looking at the grapheme and phoneme correlation, and phonetic similarities. The rhyme throughout is outstanding!
The illustrations are so attractive that they carry the book along almost in a 3D way. I viewed this book on my large screen PC and it looked really spectacular- the product of many hours of work undoubtedly.
This is the sort of book that children and adults will enjoy alike and this sort of story is an emotionally engaging classic!