Bobby Bramble Loses His Brain

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A hilarious cautionary tale full of mayhem?and wordplay.

Bobby Bramble has a thirst for adventure, a taste for danger, and energy to spare. But no one in his family seems to appreciate these traits. Instead, they worry that he'll fall and crack his skull open?and one day that's exactly what happens. To make matters worse, Bobby's brain decides to take off, as if it had a mind of its own. What follows is the madcap pursuit?and recapture?of the elusive gray matter and the ...

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Overview

A hilarious cautionary tale full of mayhem—and wordplay.

Bobby Bramble has a thirst for adventure, a taste for danger, and energy to spare. But no one in his family seems to appreciate these traits. Instead, they worry that he'll fall and crack his skull open—and one day that's exactly what happens. To make matters worse, Bobby's brain decides to take off, as if it had a mind of its own. What follows is the madcap pursuit—and recapture—of the elusive gray matter and the successful reunion of brain and brawn. A hilarious cautionary tale full of mayhem—and wordplay.

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“All jug ears and gangly, flung-out limbs, Bobby makes a suitably daffy center for Clark’s comic cartoons, and so high is the escapade’s visual energy that some of the pop-eyed figures spill past the page edges. Letting no opportunity for a double entendre go by. . . Keane keeps the pacing as quick as the wit. Truly, a no-brainer.”—Kirkus Reviews

“It’s not every day you read a book that climaxes with a boy riding his own brain down the road like a bucking bronco. But such freakiness is exactly what makes Keane’s take on the importance of using your noggin so refreshing.”—Booklist

“Cracking one's head open (and seeing braaains) is a favorite preoccupation of many youngsters, and this gently tweaks that obsession even as it gigglingly explores the broken-headed possibilities, making losing one's mind into an entertaining pastime indeed.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Bobby Bramble, a young daredevil, is constantly in dangerous motion. His mother and everyone worry that he will crack his head open and lose his brain. Unfortunately, one day he does, and his brain escapes. Phone calls go out to the police, while Bobby can only blurt out nonsense. Action News covers the story, while Bobby's father offers a reward for the brain's return. Meanwhile, the runaway brain is leading everyone on an impossible chase, and poor Bobby does not have a thought in his head. When a fire truck almost runs over the brain, Bobby instinctively takes off after it. He runs, jumps, and rides it down the street in a pun-filled "classic battle of brain versus brawn." When they finally both sense that they were "meant to be together," Bobby puts his brain back. He has been "one step ahead of his brain ever since." Clark creates a fantasy world where just plain folks can go about their business while accepting the notion of a brain behaving like the notorious Gingerbread Boy. With boldly drawn cartoon characters in black ink outline and watercolors, comedy dominates the scenes of exaggerated actions. Grandpa's peering eye sticks out of its socket like a ping-pong ball. Mrs. Baggleman's silly grin and Bobby's spaghetti-like arms and legs are typical of the visual fun. Whether other wild Bobbys can learn a lesson here is a question. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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After Bobby ignores a multitude of warnings from his family and neighbors, his high jinks finally catch up with him. Jumping across rooftops causes his head to crack open; once freed, his brain makes a break for it, leaving poor Bobby, "as dumb as an onion." Bright watercolors depict the child's kinetic antics. Everyone's enlisted in capturing his runaway brain, with Grandpa setting out "brain traps, using flash cards as bait." (Meanwhile, the brain lurks in a nearby manhole.) Finally, "acting on gut instinct alone," Bobby corners it, and the two of them reach an uneasy truce. The boy's vacant stare and goofball somersaults seem to be present in nearly equal measure with or without his brain. Kids who enjoy the gross-out humor of Tedd Arnold's Parts (Dial, 1997) will like this.-Madigan McGillicuddy, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Faint but distinct echoes of "Gingerbread Boy" resound through this tale of a young daredevil whose brain takes advantage of a headfirst fall to make a bid for freedom. Scuttling off like a curly pink toupee on legs, the brain evades the mailman and other pursuers-leaving Bobby, as his little sister puts it, "Dumb as an onion" until he takes off after it and, acting (obviously) "on gut instinct alone" successfully corrals it back into his cranium. All jug ears and gangly, flung-out limbs, Bobby makes a suitably daffy center for Clark's comic cartoons, and so high is the escapade's visual energy that some of the pop-eyed figures spill past the page edges. Letting no opportunity for a double entendre go by ("Bobby's body somehow sensed that life without a brain would be a hollow one"), Keane keeps the pacing as quick as the wit. Truly, a no-brainer. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547056449
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/18/2009
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Keane

Dave Keane grew up with six brothers, making him an expert on all things sloppy. When his mom made sloppy joe sandwiches, Dave always got the nastiest dribble stains on his T-shirt—which he'd wear like a badge of honor. Today he is a stubbornly sloppy dad and the author and illustrator of the Joe Sherlock, Kid Detective series. Dave and his neat wife spend their days picking up after their sloppy son and his two slightly less sloppy older sisters. They live in rather tidy northern California.

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