Up On Bob – written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan

 Up On Bob – written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9781328994714, 2020 

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Hardcover picture book

What did you like about the book?  Bob is a pudgy brown sausage dog who decides that his owner’s bed needs a little rehab to be in perfect shape for his nap. It’s hard work, but someone has to throw everything on the floor, mess up the blankets, knock the reading lamp off the nightstand, and bite all the stuffed animals and Bob’s the right guy for the job. Now Bob can sleep all day. But wait! A playful kitten shows up and starts getting Bob ready for her nap. Anyone with a cat will recognize the burrowing, kneading and head-butting that Bob must suffer. Now everyone’s ready for a nap. A great introduction to ironic humor.

This is a cute picture book with very short sentences and a limited vocabulary. Perfect for beginning readers who want to get ready for bed and sound out some words. Bob and the kitten are cartoonish and sweet with pale digital art that resembles watercolor. Lots of familiar details. Bob’s heavy black shape is quite comical and his “angry” moments with the pillows, books and dolls will elicit giggles.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? Adults looking for bedtime stories. It could also be a nice parable about the stresses of dealing with an annoying younger sibling. 

Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer: Susan Harari, Keefe Library, Boston Latin School, Boston, MA

Date of review: February 3, 2020


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