I’ll Save You Bobo! by Eileen & Marc Rosenthal
Willy and Bobo return for their second book, following I Must Have Bobo! Willy is trying to read a book with Bobo, his stuffed monkey, but Earl the cat keeps trying to steal Bobo away. The rivalry established in the first book continues here as Willy starts to write his own story instead of reading one. It is all about him and Bobo at first, with them in the jungle with plenty of snakes and living in a tent. But again, Earl keeps on sneaking in and trying to take Bobo away. So Willy adds Earl to the story, changing it to one of revenge! In the end, Earl though is the one who takes a tiny bit of revenge.
Reading the first book is fairly critical here, since it explains the strained relationship between Willy and Earl. The mood carries from one book to the next seamlessly and makes for great fun. Those new to the series though may not understand what Earl is trying to do. This is a book that shows a kid who has real feelings, does not get sweeter as the book goes on, and one knows that this is not the end of his rivalry with the cat. That adds to my enjoyment of the book, since Willy seems so much like a real child, rather than a picture book example of one.
This book also shows the creative process and will get children interested in writing their own picture books whether they have lots of snakes in jungles or not. It’s a delight of creativity that is anchored well by the illustrations which have a frenzy and vibrancy that matches the story well.
Get this into the hands of fans of the first book, or hand them to children as a pair. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from library copy.