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Bobbo Goes to School
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Bobbo Goes to School

by Shirley Hughes
 
Lily fears she has lost her favorite stuffed toy forever in Shirley Hughes’s wonderfully reassuring follow-up to Don’t Want to Go!

It starts out as a regular trip to the store with Mom, but then Lily does a dreadful thing: she flings her beloved stuffed toy, Bobbo, high in the air, only to have him land on top of a school bus just as it

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Lily fears she has lost her favorite stuffed toy forever in Shirley Hughes’s wonderfully reassuring follow-up to Don’t Want to Go!

It starts out as a regular trip to the store with Mom, but then Lily does a dreadful thing: she flings her beloved stuffed toy, Bobbo, high in the air, only to have him land on top of a school bus just as it’s pulling away! Lily is inconsolable. What if she never sees Bobbo again? Little does she know (though the reader can see) that Bobbo is having an exciting adventure at school — and will be well cared for until he finds his way back to Lily. In her deft portrayal of a preschooler’s worries, Shirley Hughes offers a comforting peek into an appealing world to come.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sandra Eichelberger
Bobbo is Lily's favorite toy that she loses by carelessly tossing the stuffed animal in the air and watching it go off on an adventure atop a school bus. The cuddly toy travels on the bus all the way to school where it is later found by some students, who welcome him and care for him in their classroom. Lily is distraught and misses Bobbo but they are happily reunited when her mother goes to the school to pick up the errant toy. The drawings are prominent on the pages and give a touching feeling to the story. Colors are primarily blues and greens and are visually warm. Little children should easily relate to Lily's fear of losing a treasured toy and to her thrill at getting it back. Hughes depiction of a slightly temperamental child is shown with a loving hand and Bobbo is clearly an inanimate toy with a fixed expression, almost looking as if the eyes are staring out at the reader. The story reads smoothly and has a vocabulary well-suited to preschoolers. Reviewer: Sandra Eichelberger
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Lily is having a bad morning, and, as a result, her stuffed dog Bobbo seems destined for an entirely lousy day. In a fit of impishness, the preschooler tosses him into the air and he lands on top of a school bus just as it is pulling away from the curb. Lily fears that he'll be thrown off and lost, but he makes it to school, landing safely in a bush when the bus stops. The soft toy is discovered at recess by a student and spends the rest of the day inside on a classroom Interest Shelf, observing the children at their studies. Lily's mother finally tracks him down, and he is reunited with a relieved, grateful Lily. It's a simple story, written cleanly and clearly. Surrounded by ample white space, the artwork is big, bright, and cheery, although some of the faces of the human characters are sketchily rendered. The best illustrations are those of Bobbo. His static expression seems to be one of unruffled amusement at his state of affairs, and it's definitely worth a laugh.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
Kirkus Reviews
The plot is a familiar one: A young child and her favorite stuffed friend are separated and then joyously reunited. Hughes makes her story fresh by endowing her inanimate hero with just a pinch of emotion and awareness while still retaining a realistic tone. It doesn't hurt, of course, that Lily, the round-cheeked, tousle-haired little girl who appeared previously in Don't Want to Go (2010), is immediately recognizable as a typical preschooler--and utterly adorable. Bored and just a bit fractious, Lily noodles around, disrupting her mom's chores and even practicing a bit of passive resistance by going limp when it's time to leave the house. Once outside, it's Lily's casual toss of her stuffed dog Bobbo that lands him on top of a school bus and off on an adventure. While the events are nothing terribly out of the ordinary, Hughes' pitch-perfect text captures the minimelodrama of loss, remorse, regret and blissful reunion sparked by Lily's actions. Bobbo, meanwhile, enjoys the feeling of flying like a bird and the experience of being fussed over by a classroom full of kids once he's found. As always, Hughes' facility with facial expressions makes her characters especially appealing, with Bobbo in particular benefiting from wide-open eyes and a sweet smile. Another satisfying domestic drama from veteran author Hughes, this will please old fans and make new ones. (Picture book. 3 to 6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763665241
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/26/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Shirley Hughes has written and/or illustrated more than two hundred children’s booksand is one of the world’s best-loved picture-book creators. A two-time recipient of the KateGreenaway Medal, Shirley Hughes lives in London.

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