A Year In The Life Of Brack
A Year in the Life of Brack
Very early one Saturday morning the Byron family answer the door to an unexpected visitor. From that moment their lives change forever. There before them is a ginormous Brachiosaurus. Mr and Mrs Byron’s children Kaia and her twin brother Taio, persuade their parents to let their unusual guest live in their garden. Kaia names him ‘Brack’. The antics of this totally wacky dinosaur immediately cause mayhem in their quiet village of Sheperdsfield. But Brack’s kindness and bravery soon win over their hearts.
This collection of five stories comprises ‘Who’s That Knocking At The Door’, ‘Brack Gets The Shivers’, ‘Brack’s Christmas’, ‘Brack’s Watery Adventure’ and ‘Brack And The Force Within’. At the end of the book, Brack must leave earth. His beloved family are sad but in their hearts, they know that although adventures last a short time, feelings last forever. Brack's final words give them hope, "I'll be Brack".
A Brachiosaurus might not be the obvious choice of childhood friend, but when one magically turns up on their doorstep, twins Kaia and Taio quickly realise Brack is the best friend anyone could ask for - dinosaur or not!
This collection of short tales follows Brack, the twins and the villagers of Shepherdsfield through a year of adventures. Brack is quickly welcomed into the community and becomes an invaluable help. From keeping the trees pruned, to making sure the fields are, *ahem*, fertilised, and even acting as a bridge during a treacherous flood - there’s nothing Brack isn’t willing to do to help his neighbours. But while the appetite of a Brachiosaurus is never ending, the leaves and plants of earth are not - and Brack’s days with the twins might be numbered…
With echoes of such children’s classics as The Tiger Who Came to Tea and The Bear, A Year in the Life of Brack is a warm tale of friendship to entertain children and parents alike. Anna Landmane’s colourful illustrations bring Brack’s shenanigans to life, while Judy Brulo’s sweet portrayal of childhood friendship and community spirit makes a delightful solo-read for confident young readers.
Review by Martha Harris 2018
Judy is a retired musician. She has lovely husband, son and daughter-in-law. Her gorgeous twin grandchildren, Taio and Kaia, have inspired these stories. Judy spends most of her days writing, feeding her four cats, trying to control the garden and enjoying walks in the country.
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A Year in The Life of Brack
by Judy Brulo
Pub. Matador (2017)
CPID recommends this book for ages 6-8
Brack is a loveable (and unusually colourful) brachiosaurus who comes to live in the garden of twins Taio and Kaia. With a sweet nature and impeccable manners, Brack’s only flaw is his huge appetite!
The Byron family soon find a way to integrate their new pet into their lives and the community of Shepherdsfield. In a series of funny adventures Brack quickly wins over the hearts of everyone he meets with his helpful instinct to please.
A Year in The Life of Brack is a book filled with warm children’s stories full of colour and fun. It is a great book for children who are transitioning from picture to longer chapter books. With it’s simple, repetitive text, easy to follow dialogue, and beautifully colourful illustrations, children will enjoy Brack’s humorous adventures in Shepherdsfield.
The book covers a year, beginning with Brack’s arrival and ending with his departure. There are five stories in total, each with two or three short chapters which makes the book easy for children to read in short sittings. For more advanced readers the book can be read as one longer text.
It is inspired by the author’s own grandchildren and the love she has for her cats and the warmth comes through in her writing.
In summary, CPID recommends A Year in the Life of Brack because it is a funny, yet gentle children’s book ideal for readers transitioning from picture to chapter books.
Review by Camilla Chester 2017