BOB, NOT BOB! A Head Cold Makes Us Laugh

BookendsLynn: I don’t know what it is like elsewhere but here in Michigan, EVERYONE seems to be sick! I’m just getting over a cold that I got from one of my grandsons, and every other person I meet is clutching wads of Kleenex to red noses. I couldn’t have found Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick’s book at a more perfect time.

Bob, Not Bob! (2017) is a hilarious picture book about head colds. It even comes with stage directions: “to be Bob, not Bob! by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernickread as though you have the worst cold ever.”

“Little Louie wasn’t all that little. It wasn’t like he needed his mom ever minute of the day. . .

But when Little Louie got sick, he felt littler than usual.”

Poor Little Louie. Sinuses clogged, ears crackly, nose disgusting (yup, I know the feeling!) he just wants his mom. When he calls to her, his dog Bob comes running. You get the idea, and so will the kids. This will be a wonderful book for a story hour, but I have to say that it is the harried “Bobs” in the audience who may like this book the most. Gesundheit!

Cindy: Is there anything worse than loved ones not understanding what you need when you’re sick? Poor Bob, the dog, is trying to comfort Little Louie, but that’s not what he wants. He wants his mom, but his stuffed nose just won’t let him get the word out clearly. Matthew Cordell’s illustrations are delightful as he relays the misery of the head cold with its trails of crumpled used tissues, and the need for a bob. Make that BOB, with a heart in the middle of that “O.” This story was the perfect tonic for my latest head cold. Sadly, I needed no acting skills while reading it either. Sniff.

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Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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