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Bobo the Sailor Man!

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Bobo (accidentally!) risks getting lost at sea in this irresistible adventure starring everyone’s favorite frenemies.

Willie and Bobo are exploring. And just look at all they’ve found! There are spectacular sticks and teeny tiny non-bitey roly-poly bugs. And this—a red bucket! Why, that would make the perfect boat for Bobo. But while Willie is marveling over the prospects of Bobo as sailor man, the boat—and Bobo!—start to drift away. Far away! Is there anything Willie can do to ...

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Overview

Bobo (accidentally!) risks getting lost at sea in this irresistible adventure starring everyone’s favorite frenemies.

Willie and Bobo are exploring. And just look at all they’ve found! There are spectacular sticks and teeny tiny non-bitey roly-poly bugs. And this—a red bucket! Why, that would make the perfect boat for Bobo. But while Willie is marveling over the prospects of Bobo as sailor man, the boat—and Bobo!—start to drift away. Far away! Is there anything Willie can do to save his best bud? Perhaps a certain cat can help…

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Publishers Weekly
Willy, his stuffed monkey Bobo, and Earl the cat are back for more adventure in this lively follow-up to I Must Have Bobo! and I’ll Save You, Bobo! Willy is ready to do some outdoor exploring, but after he conscripts Bobo into service as a sailor, placing him in a bucket in a river, matters get out of hand. Willy’s curiosity and exuberance continue to delight and amuse, along with the off-kilter dynamics among the three characters. All eyes will be on surly Earl, who breaks with type and rescues Bobo, only to get drenched for his efforts. Ages 3–6. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Bobo, a stuffed animal monkey who belongs to a young boy named Willy, is carried along as Willy goes exploring. Willy’s cat, Earl, follows along as Willy tells Bobo that they are going to discover something big like dinosaur bones or a volcano. They find mushrooms, nuts, a caterpillar, and other interesting things. Willy finds a bucket near a river, and decides to give Bobo a ride in the bucket. Bobo gets carried away in the river and gets stuck on a log in the middle of the river. Willy tries to reach him by walking on some rocks but cannot make it. Then, in a hilarious turn of events, Willy tells Earl to watch Bobo as Willy goes to get something to rescue him. When Willy is gone, Earl walks on the rocks, holds Bobo in his mouth, and sets him down on the grass. Willy comes rushing to the river wearing his raincoat and boots and carrying a fishing pole. He snags the bucket up in the air, and it lands near Earl and Bobo. Willy thinks that he rescued the monkey. Later, Willy makes explorer hats for himself and Bobo, but Earl ends up wearing the explorer hat when Willy falls asleep. A light hearted and humorous book that could be read aloud to young children, or early readers could read the short narrative that consists primarily of Willy talking to Bobo. The illustrations are also amusing and are an outstanding accompaniment to the story. Reviewer: Vicki Foote AGERANGE: Ages 3 to 6.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
Willy--the small boy whose self-absorbed attachment to a household sock monkey is shared by Earl, the family cat--has grown into a more adventuresome fellow (I'll Save You Bobo!, 2012, etc.). On an expedition outdoors, Willy boldly kicks at some "[p]oison mushrooms," notices acorns and delicate flowers, lets a caterpillar crawl up his shirt, and finally launches Bobo, the sock monkey, into a small creek in a found vessel--a red pail. Too smart to venture far on the slippery rocks to rescue Bobo, who has sailed into the middle of the current, Willy returns home for the proper rescue turnout and reappears in bright rain gear, fishing pole at the ready to snag the bobbing bucket. Meanwhile, readers get to see Earl step delicately across the rocks to claim Bobo. The ever-watchful Earl stands in sweetly for a vigilant protector--not of Willy, but of Bobo, which lets Willy's adventure seem quite independent. The story unfolds clearly through the illustrations, offering an opportunity for young listeners to return to retell the tale. The generous white space and bold lines of the illustrations, Earl's expressive, scheming face, along with the nicely visual, slapstick punch line all invite very young readers to identify with Willy. Endearing as a slightly exaggerated solo adventure with a stuffed animal--but then there's Earl, who adds a lovely dose of spice. (Picture book. 2-6)
School Library Journal
PreS-K— Willy, a child with a vivid imagination, explores the woods with his favorite toy monkey, Bobo, while his pet cat, Earl, tags along. They find poisonous mushrooms, nuts, a fuzzy caterpillar, a comb someone must have dropped, and then-a river and a bucket. "Get in, Bobo. Now you're a sailor man!" Earl's personality and opinions shine through simply by virtue of the feline's facial expressions. Meanwhile, Bobo repeats the deadpan look found in I Must Have Bobo! (2011) and I'll Save You Bobo! (2012, both S & S). The unpretentious artwork on a yellowish-beige background allows emphasis where it is important, such as on the red bucket that floats away with Bobo in it or the fluffy white clouds that take on shapes that allow the boy's mind to wander.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442444430
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 487,198
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen and Marc Rosenthal enjoy working together (and even sharing)—unlike Willy and Earl. I Must Have Bobo! was their first collaborative project and Eileen’s picture book debut. Marc is also the illustrator of Alison McGhee’s Making a Friend. Eileen and Marc live with their family in the Berkshires.

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