Bobos Babes Adventures: A Magical Halloween was an adorable story that will get any child excited to celebrate Halloween! The characters are fun and have such distinct personalities, each of their parts of the story are great to read!
This story is kind of like an early chapter book, but with beautiful, colorful illustrations that bring the story to life on each page! My daughter is 8 and she enjoyed listening to the story and looking at the images.
I think that this story is good for readers or listeners that are in middle elementary school! This is a fun one for Halloween, and if you enjoy it, there are other books in the series!
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It’s Halloween time in the land of Harmony, and the Bobos Babes are ready for some fun!
When Angel Scarlett, Fairy Cora, and Princess Daphne visit Lily the Ladybug’s Boutique to look for Halloween costumes, they find Lily has left aside three special masks for them. The ladybug informs the sisters that they must wait until noon on Halloween to try on the mysterious masks but assures them they will have the best costumes in all of the land of Harmony.
The sisters can hardly wait, counting down the minutes on Halloween until they can don their curious masks. When the time comes, they learn their secret masks are enchanted, and the girls are magically transformed into the costumes of their dreams.
After a fun outing Trick-or-Treating, the little monster, witch, and ghost — or sisters — agree that this was the best Halloween of all.
All of the Bobos Babes Adventures take place in a magical land called “Harmony.” How did you come up with the name?
It was the pandemic when I started writing the Bobos Babes Adventures. We live in Chicago, a city that was in a state of unrest. I desperately needed harmony. Then I realized, we all needed harmony. Harmony felt like a magical land far, far away. It just fit.
Each of the Bobos Babes have a different color dress. How did you come up with their dress colors?
When my daughters were born, I had each of their newborn pics in a theme color. Scarlett was dressed in pink. Daphne’s theme was purple. Cora wore mint green. I originally thought that I would have their character dresses in those colors. Then my illustrator brought to my attention that Disney’s Tinkerbell is green, and I didn’t want Fairy Cora in any shade of green. Scarlett really looks fantastic in blue, so making her Angel costume blue worked well. Daphne and I have a “pink girl” song and dance, so making her princess dress pink seemed to fit naturally.
We played around with a lot of colors for Cora’s dress. She loves pink and purple and her birthstone is ruby, so we made her dress purple with red accents in her hair and waist flower and her gem on her shoes. It was then that I decided to add all of their birthstones into their wands and shoes (Scarlett: September = Sapphire; Daphne: April = Diamond; Cora: July: Ruby).
What was the inspiration behind Lily the Ladybug and Gavin the Grasshopper?
Most of the characters in my stories are inspired by real people in our life. When I originally wrote the Bobos Babes Adventures, it was to entertain my daughters during the pandemic. They would get excited to see me incorporate family members in each story. Lily and Gavin are my brother’s children, the Bobos Babes’ real cousins.
How did your illustrator, Jazinel Libranda, take direction on creating the boutique and the characters Lily and Gavin?
Jazinel’s style is perfect for the Bobos Babes Adventures. My daughters are definitely “girly girls,” and when I saw the first illustration that Jazinel created of the Bobos Babes enjoying a fall afternoon, I knew she wouldn’t have any problem creating the boutique to my satisfaction nor any other illustration. When I saw the fancy couch that she created, I was like “Oh, I want that couch in our house.” The boutique needed to look charming, and Jazinel hit the nail on the head.
How did you decide on the Babes’ costumes in A Magical Halloween?
Daphne is a silly child. She even has a YouTube show on our Bobos Babes called Laugh with Daph. I liked the idea of making her a ghost, so she could play jokes on her sisters. Cora’s very first costume when she was a baby was a witch (part of our Wizard of Oz family-theme costume,) so her witch costume came to mind when I was writing. Scarlett loves reading fantasy books and mythical creatures. For some reason, a blue monster with pink dimples popped in my head, and I envisioned her halo looped around one of the horns. Jazinel drew it in one shot. I loved how Jazinel incorporated Cora’s purple dress into her witch costume
Karen M. Bobos began writing poetry and stories at the early age of ten. She is a life-long Chicagoan who now raises her family in the downtown area. During the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, Chicago also became a city of unrest. Trying to keep her three young daughters in a world of magic during such scary times, the Bobos Babes Adventures were born. Her goal was to create a world of Harmony for her family and hopefully for others to escape, even if only for a moment.
The first book of the series, The Case of the Giggles, was published in December 2020. The Missing Egg launched in March 2021. The Lion’s Secret was published in June 2021, a tribute to her mother and late father’s incredible love story. The Lovey That Came to Life and The Bobcat Birthday Party will be releasing in the upcoming months.
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