Kids’ book inspiration for puppet show

Laughter is set to take over libraries across the Nanaimo region.

Jeremy Tankard’s Boo Hoo Bird has inspired a series of puppet shows at local libraries.

Jeremy Tankard’s Boo Hoo Bird has inspired a series of puppet shows at local libraries.

Laughter is most certainly going to occur at multiple Vancouver Island Regional Library branches over the  coming days.

The Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, Nanaimo North Library and Gabriola Library are holding a  family-oriented puppet show. The show is called Boo Hoo Bird, which is based on the children’s book of the same name by Jeremy Tankard.

Nanaimo North children’s librarian Nathan McKay said the puppet show is designed for people of all ages.

“It’s for the whole family,” he said.

Boo Hoo Bird is focused on Bird, who sustains an injury after getting hit on the head while playing with his friend, Raccoon.

“Its a story about a bird who gets hit by a ball during a game of catch,” McKay said. “Other animals try to figure out a way to stop him from crying.”

Boo Hoo Bird was published by Scholastic Press in 2009 and is the second children’s book by Tankard, who was born in South Africa but resides in Canada.

The Boo Hoo Bird puppet show takes place at Harbourfront Library today (July 31) at 2 p.m. The puppet show will also take place at Nanaimo North Library on Friday at 2 p.m., and at the Gabriola Library on Saturday at 2 p.m.

For more information on the free puppet show, please visit www. virl.bc.ca/programs-and-events.