Bob & Rob & Corn on the Cob

Bob & Rob & Corn on the Cob

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by Todd McQueen
     
 

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Bob and Rob are two squirrels who just love eating corn on the cob. Their friends—a duck, a dog, a chicken, and a piglet—also love corn on the cob, but not Ella Mae Dobbs, a rabbit with a more refined palate. She’s a little bit of a snob when it comes to trying foods she doesn’t like. She prefers curly-cut carrots, hot cheese fondue, and

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Bob and Rob are two squirrels who just love eating corn on the cob. Their friends—a duck, a dog, a chicken, and a piglet—also love corn on the cob, but not Ella Mae Dobbs, a rabbit with a more refined palate. She’s a little bit of a snob when it comes to trying foods she doesn’t like. She prefers curly-cut carrots, hot cheese fondue, and especially tofu! Bob and Rob devise a plan to get Ella Mae to try corn on the cob—and in return they will try some of her favorite foods too. And while they may not find their next favorite food, Bob, Rob, and even Ella Mae Dobbs find that it’s important to try new foods. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you find.

From debut author and illustrator Todd McQueen, Bob & Rob & Corn on the Cob is a whimsical, educational, and hilarious romp into the world of two corn on the cob–loving squirrels. Perfect for the picky eater in your life who isn’t getting the message through Green Eggs and Ham, this is sure to have them giggling while trying foods they originally turned their noses up at.

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/19/2014
Newcomer McQueen's polished digital artwork gives his story some hipster cred as he pits two sneakers-wearing squirrels against a rabbit diva. The opening page shows an ear of corn on a checkered tablecloth; a squirrel in Buddy Holly glasses sniffs appreciatively: "This is Bob." A page turn introduces a squirrel in a party hat: "This is Rob. These two squirrels love corn on the cob." Several more animals and a robot show up ("Mama?" the robot keeps asking mechanically), and then Ella Mae Dobbs appears. She's "a bit of a snob," a white, long-eared bunny with perfectly applied lipstick, Jackie O. sunglasses, and an expression of withering scorn. Her eating habits don't make any sense to the squirrels: "Ella Mae Dobbs loves pan-seared tofu." The squirrels conspire: "I want to see Ella eat corn on the cob," says Bob to Rob. There's screenplay-style wit in the contrast between Ella Mae's hauteur and the squirrels' high school humor; with the help of the robot's innovative cooking, Ella Mae thaws out and laughs. A quiet protest against snooty foodies. Ages 3–6. (May) Cock-a-Doodle Oops! Lori Degman, illus. by Deborah Zemke Creston (PGW, dist.), $16.95 (36p) ISBN 978-1-939547-07-1 In this humorous early reader–style story, farm animals try in vain to rouse Farmer McPeeper from sleep after Rooster takes off for a week at the beach. Initially intimidated by their newfound responsibility, Pig, Donkey, Cow, Sheep, and Goat each give it their best shots, failing with comical results: " ‘I know I'm quiet,/ but I'd like to try it./ Here goes,' said a shy little sheep./ Her cock-a-doodle-baaaaaaa/ didn't travel too faaa./ In fact, she barely made a peep!" Degman's (1 Zany Zoo) rhymes have the structure and bounce of limericks, and are sprinkled with barnyard puns and hybrid animal rooster crows that readers will be itching to try out themselves. Zemke's (The Deep Deep Puddle) cartoons nail the wide-eyed, dumbfounded look of the animals as they scramble to fill the rooster's shoes. Luckily, the rooster finally returns home—albeit, with a cold that requires some additional clever thinking on the animals' parts. A final twist ends this peppy and fun story on a high note. Ages 3–9. (May)
From the Publisher
"Newcomer McQueen's polished digital artwork gives his story some hipster cred as he pits two sneakers-wearing squirrels against a rabbit diva. The opening page shows an ear of corn on a checkered tablecloth; a squirrel in Buddy Holly glasses sniffs appreciatively: "This is Bob." A page turn introduces a squirrel in a party hat: "This is Rob. These two squirrels love corn on the cob." Several more animals and a robot show up ("Mama?" the robot keeps asking mechanically), and then Ella Mae Dobbs appears. She's "a bit of a snob," a white, long-eared bunny with perfectly applied lipstick, Jackie O. sunglasses, and an expression of withering scorn. Her eating habits don't make any sense to the squirrels: "Ella Mae Dobbs loves pan-seared tofu." The squirrels conspire: "I want to see Ella eat corn on the cob," says Bob to Rob. There's screenplay-style wit in the contrast between Ella Mae's hauteur and the squirrels' high school humor; with the help of the robot's innovative cooking, Ella Mae thaws out and laughs. A quiet protest against snooty foodies.: —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781628735918
Publisher:
Sky Pony Press
Publication date:
05/13/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
930,895
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Todd McQueen is a graphic designer who specializes in photographic postproduction and interactive media. Some of his clients include Verizon Wireless, Cisco Systems, the Dial Corp, American Heart Association, and Arizona State University. This is Todd’s first picture book. He resides with his family near Phoenix, Arizona.

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Bob & Rob & Corn on the Cob 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
cscdn More than 1 year ago
This is a very clever and creative story for young kids. The illustrations are great!! This is a must-read for all kids and the adults in their lives!! I have bought a copy for all the young kids I know. I'm thinking of donating a copy to each of my kids' former elementary schools.