|Big Bob, little Bob|
Author: Howe, James
It's not easy to become friends with someone who is nothing like you--but surprising things can happen when you give it a try.
|Illustrator:||Anderson, Laura Ellen|
Kirkus Reviews (08/15/16)
School Library Journal (10/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2016 PreS-Gr 1—Two boys who are very different from each other learn that they can still be friends. More than size differentiates Little Bob from his new neighbor. Big Bob likes trucks, sports, and loud games. Little Bob prefers playing school or with his dolls and enjoys reading quietly. He's not good at throwing or catching a ball; dresses in girls' clothes, which "feel nice" to him; and likes the jangle of bracelets on his arms. "Boys do not play with dolls," Big Bob assures the smaller boy. However, when Blossom moves into the neighborhood and ridicules Little Bob for his choice of playthings, Big Bob comes to his pal's rescue: "Boys can do whatever they want!" And both boys agree that girls can, too, as they invite Blossom, who likes "playing with trucks more than dolls," to join them. The digitally rendered illustrations greatly extend the text, providing readers with examples of how the boys' play differs. They depict Big Bob, a head taller than his neighbor, orange hair sticking straight up, wearing a cape or firefighter's outfit. He roughhouses with his dog, and his exuberant play often disrupts Little Bob's more sedate activities. Little Bob wears glasses, has daisy barrettes in his hair, carries a stuffed unicorn, and wears a large yellow hat and flowing dress as he pushes his cat in a carriage. VERDICT Though Big Bob's change of heart is a bit abrupt, this is a fine choice for very young children who don't conform to gender stereotypes, and an example for all kids that differences can enrich rather than hinder friendships.—Marianne Saccardi, Children's Literature Consultant, Cambridge, MA - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.