Uncle Bobby's Wedding

Uncle Bobby's Wedding

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by Sarah S. Brannen

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Bobby and Jamie are getting married, but Bobby's niece Chloe is worried that she won't be his favorite person anymore. Will Uncle Bobby still think she is special?

Sarah Brannen's warm story is set in an alternative family as Uncle Bobby marries his boyfriend. Uncle Bobby's Wedding embraces Bobby's relationship with Jamie, but keeps its focus where it

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Bobby and Jamie are getting married, but Bobby's niece Chloe is worried that she won't be his favorite person anymore. Will Uncle Bobby still think she is special?

Sarah Brannen's warm story is set in an alternative family as Uncle Bobby marries his boyfriend. Uncle Bobby's Wedding embraces Bobby's relationship with Jamie, but keeps its focus where it truly belongs: on an uncle and niece's love for each other.

Beautifully told and charmingly illustrated, this simple yet moving story begs to be read time and again.

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Publishers Weekly

Brannen's debut stars a strong-willed guinea pig whose favorite uncle announces he is marrying his partner, Jamie. Everyone is thrilled except for Chloe, who tells Uncle Bobby that she doesn't think he should get married, since "You have me! We can keep having fun together, like always." Her uncle promises, "You'll always be my Chloe," and tells her they will continue to have fun together. He and Jamie escort Chloe to the ballet and take her sailing, and she warms to the idea of having two uncles, especially when she is asked to be their flower girl. She proclaims the garden ceremony "the best wedding ever"-and even takes credit for planning it. Though the story makes an easy springboard for adult-child dialogue, the issue of same-sex marriage is incidental to the plot, which straightforwardly addresses the fear of being replaced when a loved one marries. Featuring a sunny palette, Brannen's delicately outlined watercolors convey the characters' varied emotions-the guinea pigs' eyes are particularly expressive-and the mutual affection of the heroine and her uncle. The final scene, which depicts Chloe between her uncles in the light of a full moon, underscores Brannen's reassuring message. Ages 4-up. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
Bobby is Chloe's favorite uncle, and they love spending time together. But one day Chloe learns that Uncle Bobby will marry Jamie. Everyone in the family is excited and happy except for Chloe. Will Uncle Bobby still spend time with her? Or will he be too busy with his own life? What will it be like to have a new member of the family? Soon, Chloe discovers that instead of having one amazing uncle, she now has two; the three love spending time together. On the wedding day, Chloe helps put the finishing touches on the wedding cake, helps locate the missing rings, and ties her uncle's bowtie. Bobbie and Jamie get married in this sensitively-written picture book which celebrates the love that adults can feel for each other in a nontraditional relationship. This book is a wonderful introduction to help children understand 21st-century definitions of marriage and love. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2- This is a spare story about Chloe, a young guinea pig who is jealous of her Uncle Bobby's new friend, Jamie; however, that obscures the other main theme, which is that her favorite uncle is going to marry him. Everything happens too abruptly. Readers and Chloe meet him for the first time on the day that Bobby announces, "We're getting married." It seems likely that a special niece would have already met the man her uncle loves enough to wed. Michael Willhoite's Daddy's Wedding (Alyson Wonderland, 1996) introduces same-sex marriage adroitly when a little boy asks one obvious question, "Can men get married to each other?" The boy is reassured with an affirmative response. Chloe neither asks nor gets a direct answer; instead, her mother tells her that people who love each other "want to be married." The watercolor-and-graphite illustrations are sweet and tender. One scene shows Chloe, Uncle Bobby, and Jamie sitting on the floor roasting marshmallows at a fireplace. While the cover shows the two males dressed in formal clothing, the use of animal characters and a name common for both males and females may confuse and delay some children's comprehension. The themes of jealousy and gay relationships are introduced naturally in Pija Lindenbaum's Mini Mia and Her Darling Uncle (Farrar, 2007).-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA

Kirkus Reviews
A modest, affable look at jealousy and reassurance. Chloe's very attached to her uncle; they take walks together, go rowing on the river and "Once they even climbed to the top of a lighthouse." But suddenly, at a family picnic, Uncle Bobby announces that he's getting married. Mama whoops and hugs; Daddy shakes hands; everyone's overjoyed-except Chloe. "I . . . don't think you should get married. You have ME!" Jamie, the fiance, must win her over. In an ice-cream parlor after a ballet, he imitates the dancers until "Chloe laughed so hard, she got soda up her nose." Jamie's delicate yet hilarious ballet position is definitely endearing. Brannen's pencil-and-watercolor guinea pigs, the males dressed a la Donald Duck (shirts, no pants), are pleasant and unassuming. Humor comes secondary to Chloe's fear of displacement, but the fact of two men marrying is a refreshing nonissue here. At the festive wedding, Chloe declares, "I planned it all from the beginning," as she realizes that she isn't losing an uncle, she's gaining one. (Picture book. 2-6)

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Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
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Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.36(d)
AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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"...Sarah Brannen's beautiful and moving tale has arrived just in time for the young, twenty-first century reader."--(Robert Sabuda, bestselling pop-up artist)
Gregory Maguire
"Valiant, valid, validating, valuable."--(Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked)
Tomie de Paola
"This is SUCH a lovely, charming book. It's about time."--(Tomie de Paola, Newbery Honor-winning author of 26 Fairmont Avenue)
Jane Langton
"...Story and pictures are gentle and serene rather than controversial."--(Jane Langton, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Fledgling)
Jacqueline Woodson
"I love it. It's a beautiful book that needs no explaining."--(Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery Honor-winning author of Show Way)

Meet the Author

Sarah S. Brannen received her AB in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Pennsylvania. Uncle Bobby's Wedding is her first book for children. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Uncle Bobby's Wedding 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
mstewartfairley More than 1 year ago
This is a charming story about a young girl, er, guinea pig who becomes concerned when she discovers that her beloved uncle is getting married. Will he still spend time with her? Luckily, Uncle Bobby isn't about to forget his favorite niece. How could this kind of storyline concern some folks? Well, it seems Uncle Bobby is marring another male guinea pig. What is so wonderful--and controversial to some--about this story is that the same-sex marriage seems matter of fact. I look forward to the day when such a marraige will be just as easily accepted in real life as it is by the characters in this book.