From the Publisher
“Delightful ... An accessible introduction to the processes of nature, as well as a fitting tribute to enduring friendship.” Publishers Weekly
“Illustrated and published posthumously by Robert's son, Nick, this is a charming tribute to friendship and the stories all parents tell their children.” Kirkus Reviews
“Bright, vibrant illustrations on full spreads enhance the satisfying story.” School Library Journal
“Cocoonlike, the nature lesson is wrapped inside a friendship story.” Booklist
A father-and-son team has created a delightful tale celebrating the relationship of an unlikely twosome who manage to find the strength in their partnership. On the surface, Bob the caterpillar and Otto the earthworm are bosom buddies, playing together and digging in the ground as though they were the same species. But when instincts propel them to change their routine, the two find themselves on completely different paths. Says Otto, "Life is good just where we are. Why would you want to go up there?"/"Because it's important," said Bob. And up the tree he went." Nick Bruel (Bad Kitty) lets readers see the simultaneous changes taking place via a split-screen format, which aptly contrasts their different work styles. An accessible introduction to the processes of nature, as well as a fitting tribute to enduring friendship. Ages 3-6. (Apr.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Bob and Otto, two worm-like creatures, are good friends, playing happily together in the springtime, but one day Bob feels he needs to climb up a tree; somehow he feels it is important. Otto prefers the ground. As Bob climbs higher, Otto digs lower. Each eats; then Bob sleeps for many days while Otto continues to dig beneath the roots of Bob's tree. Then Bob emerges, now transformed and flying around the tree, thinking of how he misses Otto, who feels the same. They meet on the ground, where Otto feels sad, thinking that if he had climbed the tree he might also be able to fly. He feels he is "just a worm" who has wasted his time digging. But Bob reminds him that he has helped the tree to grow the leaves Bob ate. He has done his job, and he is still his best friend. "And friends are important." This quiet, moral story is visualized in softly painted scenes of a world as seen from a worm's point of view. Naturalistic suggestions of grass, flowers, and tree trunks are enough to make us part of that world. Pages portraying the parallel lives and a few which include action-charged details provide basic facts in attractively accessible formats. The esthetically designed double pages offer a visual base for the tale's sweet sentiment.