Testimonial from Bourne Abbey Primary Academy, Bourne, Lincs.
National Poetry Day September 2017
Judy joined Year 3 on National Poetry Day. The children were all engaged and really enjoyed their sessions with her. She brought her story, about a twin brother and sister and a brachiosaurus, to life through her use of puppets and music. Judy then shared a poem with the children, which she had written, and they all took part in adding the action. When they returned to the classrooms all the children were so excited to design their own Phantom Wurzle Scrumbler from Judy’s poem. It really was an inspiring and creative session.
Alex Worrell. Class teacher.
Testimonial from Morley Newlands Academy Leeds, 6/6/18
Miro class loved our workshop with author Judy Brulo this morning! We have sung, danced and played games based on the stories she has written and learnt fun facts about vultures and a brachiosaurus!
Goldsworthy class are enjoying our author visit this morning! We love making reading interactive and fun @morley_newlands
A Year in the Life of Brack
by Judy Brulo and illustrated by Anna Landmane
Pub. Matador (2017)
Judy Brulo’s debut collect on of children’s short stories is a heart-warming, side-splitting and thoughtful book about an unusual friendship that families will love. Inspired by her cats, her grandchildren and her time managing her garden, the world Brulo has created is charming from beginning to end. The book is split into five stories that can be read separately, including a Christmas-themed tale of misadventure sure to bring a giggle or two on
Christmas Eve; you will want to return to them again and again. The readability is suitable for children of around six years of age, with an average word length of four letters as well as some challenges thrown in such as ‘pedestrians,’ ‘horticultural’ and of course, ‘brachiosaurus.’
Brulo’s stories centre around the improbable arrival of a Brachiosaurus at the front door of a village-dwelling family, opening with a funny and very relatable scene about four of their pet cats. There are puns, jokes and a hilarious plot twist that will have children and parents in
stitches. Each of the stories presents a new problem that the family and their dinosaur guest must overcome, often with the help of a diverse group of lovable locals. There is a message of acceptance and of celebrating diversity that Brulo does well, the dinosaur’s differences
more often solving problems than creating them. The author has also woven in a subtle message about the environment, dealing with a flood and the decreasing greenery on the planet. A Year in the Life of Brack is truly a charmingly delightful collection filled with friendship and puns that every child will love.
Review by Sophie Powell
North Staffordshire Press
Malcolm Henson (MD)
'A Year in the Life of Brack'
Can’t Put It Down recommends this book for ages 6-8
Brack is a lovable (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. rThe 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
A Year in the Life of Brack
A Brachiosaurus might not be the obvious choice of a 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 @ 'Can't Put it Down' October 2018
Brack is Back
The return of this lovable Brachiosaurus is as heartwarming and funny as the original collection of tales, Brack is Back.
Twins Kaio and Taio have missed their friend Brack the Brachiosaurus, who’s gargantuan appetite saw him leaving earth in search of all the plants he could hope to eat. So when Brack zooms back into their lives - via a very unique form of travel - they are thrilled to see him. While Brack wants to give the children their best adventure yet - a voyage around outer space! - he is determined to help when he hears that the village of Shepherdsfield might be threatened by a new railway development. With local developers and pesky palaeontologists to overcome, can Brack help save the village he thinks of as his second home?
Once again Judy Brulo paints a warming picture of community spirit, friendship - and not a small amount of adventure. A gentle read that touches on lessons in selflessness and forgiveness, Brack is Back is a great book for confident young readers.
Review by Martha @ 'Can't Put it Down' October 2018
Bonaparte, a cat un-paralleled in his mouse catching abilities, is the hero at the centre of this funny, moral story for 8-12-year-olds.
When the local farmer’s tree clearing activities cause a village to become overrun by a horde of mice, local convenience store owner Iva Toone sees an opportunity to make some money from her top-notch mouser, Bonaparte. Loaning out her faithful pet to neighbours in need of some mouse-catching, Iva is able to make a pretty penny - while Bonaparte must make do with a handful of cat treats! But how can Bonaparte make Iva see that he deserves a proper reward for his efforts?
From Miss Toone’s obsession with Tom Cruise to Bonaparte’s sympathy for a pesky mouse family, this book is full of funny and well-developed characters and paints a lovely picture of a village community. Readers will not only find themselves giggling along with Bonaparte’s antics, but will also be given pause (or paws!) for thought with a gentle lesson on not taking friends for granted. The short chapters will help even reluctant readers become sucked into this whimsical story - also perfect for young readers that are transitioning into chapter books. Give it a read!
Review by Martha @ 'Can't Put it Down' October 2018
'The Revenge of the Servants of the Gods' July 2018 (pub. North Staffordshire Press)
A fantasy-adventure story for 8-12-yr-olds, with a conservation message.
Distribution of the book will be in collaboration with the Vulture Conservation Foundation. www.4vultures.org
The action centres around a ten-year-old boy and his friendship with a very special Griffon Vulture. Not only are we taken to a mysterious Mediterranean island with it ancient ruins and dark secrets but we are also made aware of the need to take care of our environment.
The Revenge of the Servants of The Gods is an unpublished [now published] manuscript by Judy Brulo, who has successfully published one book, A Year in the Life of Brack (2017), belonging to the genre of children’s fantasy fiction. The story follows the adventures of Luke Bright, a clever 10-year-old boy who lives with his mother and step-father. His life is turned upside down when he is uprooted from everything that is familiar; his school; his friends and his country, to the unfamiliarity of the Greek island of Ýpas Nisí (Vulture Island). However, during a morning run from his new home, Luke stumbles across a mythical Griffon Vulture that he has an immediate connection with. The Griffon will lead Luke on a quest where he will unlock the mysteries and legends surrounding the Amphora Temple. Luke’s path becomes rocky in the guise of Mr Bonaparte ‘Bones’ Duggitt - a comical, greedy and ‘slick’ character on a mission to steal from the Temple - and with help of family and friends Luke must put a stop to this villain’s plans.
The Revenge of the Servants of The Gods is a pleasing piece of fiction with characters that show courage, friendship, honesty, and justice. Judy Brulo has ensured that her story has all the ingredients that lead to venture: hidden treasure; heroes; villains and mythical creatures: all against the backdrop of the mystical Greek islands. By the end of the story the reader will think ‘what next?’ Well, personally I am almost certain that a sequel must be in the making!
Fern Johns (North Staffordshire Press) December 2017
I bought this book for my granddaughters aged 8 and 12, but I read it first! and thoroughly enjoyed it. The author's evocative description of life on a Mediterranean Island drawn from her own experiences of living in Cyprus set the scene. This book has everything - a great adventure, ancient ruins, treasure, and even a 'Baddy'. The heroes are the awesome Griffon Vultures which now deserve my greatest respect! My granddaughters are very keen to get their hands on the book - If I can bear to hand it over!
Review by Janice, on Amazon, 2018
A captivating, well-crafted fantasy tale, complete with heroes, villains, treasures, an ancient tomb and mysteries far beyond the known universe. It’s a magical adventure about nature, friendship, courage and justice, with illustrations that depict key parts of the story perfectly. A rich and gripping read for children aged 8-12.
This story was fast-paced and exhilarating from start to finish: the perfect book for young readers (recommended for ages 8-12 years old). Set in an imaginary island in Greece, this book explores important themes of family, friendship, confidence and growing up, as well as subtly tackling the conservation of vultures. Brulo’s partnership with the Vulture Conservation Foundation in this book is admirable, as the story provides an interesting and exciting way for children and young adults to consider the conservation of vultures, through the means of a fictional tale.
The story itself is magical. It combines elements of realism by exploring relationships with family and friends, the difficulty of moving away from all you know of, and adapting to a new environment, with touches of fantasy that make the overall book exciting and well-rounded.
Review by Jessica Turner on Amazon, 2018
December 12th 2018. Reading and activity event at Bourne Abbey Primary Academy, Bourne, Lincs.
Year Threes and I had a fabulous time on Wednesday afternoon with 'Revenge of the Servants of the Gods'. We watched videos of vultures, a powerpoint of vulture facts. We whirled around with coloured scarves and went on a trip around Vulture Island complete with junk percussion sound effects. I left them with some post-visit activities of an illustration to colour and a question sheet to see how much they remembered about vultures.
Fun, fun, fun!
More (mostly school) events coming up. 1st March. Rainbows (Girlguides) at St Matthews Church, Great Barr, B'ham. 7th March @ Marsh Hill Primary School, Erdington, B'ham. 8th March @ Great Barr Primary Academy, B'ham. 20th March @ Damson Wood School, Solihull, B'ham. And in April at my local library in Atherstone, Warwickshire.
Zoom presentation to Ecole Mondilae World School, Mumbai, during lockdown!
Recent press release:
'A Year in the Life of Brack' (pub. Matador 2017), 'Brack is Back' (pub. Brulo Books 2018), 'Cat-Lateral Damage' (pub. Brulo Books 2018), and Boris and Doris: Cat Detective Agency' (pub Brulo Books 2019). The Vulture Island Trilogy: 1. Revenge of the Servants of the Gods' (pub. North Staffordshire Press 2018). 2. 'The Mystery of the Never-Ending Universe' (pub. BruloBooks). This is the award-winning gripping sequel to 'Revenge of the Servants of the Gods'. 3. 'Swords in the Sky' pub Brulo Books 2020. 4. NEW RELEASE MARCH 2021. 'The Buried City' A Tale of Two Time Zones. The prequel to the Vulture Island Trilogy. BOOK REVIEW by 'Wishing Shelf'. A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review www.thewsa.co.uk 'Boris and Doris Cat Detective Agency' (pub. Brulo Books 2019. ISBN: 978-1-9164183-3-2).