I Must Have Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal
When Willy wakes up, he can’t find his beloved sock monkey, Bobo. Willy needs Bobo to get through his day. But Earl the cat likes Bobo too. Willy takes Bobo away from Earl and heads off to breakfast. But whenever Willy is distracted or busy, Earl sneaks in and grabs Bobo, carrying him off. Willy searches high and low for Bobo, finally realizing that it must be either pirates or Earl who has taken the toy. The book ends with a cuddle between the three of them, curled up and happy together. Or are they?
This book is silly and great fun. The ending has a gentle twist to it, that will delight young listeners. It will work well with a group, since it has plenty of emotion to portray, lots of laughs, and a sharing theme that children can relate to easily. The illustrations work well with the simple text. They have a great warmth to them, thanks to the creamy background and the rough edges. Additionally, the book has a timeless appeal, but remains modern as well.
Recommended for cat or toy story times, this book is a pleasure to read and share. Appropriate for ages 3-6.
Reviewed from copy received from Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
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