My Dog, Bob

By: Richard Torrey

Bob the dog can’t catch a stick, sit, or speak like the neighbor’s dog, Truffles. But he does like to make breakfast for the family. And he loves to ride in the car “. . . especially when he’s driving.” Full-color illustrations created with watercolor and oil pencil.

ISBN: 9780823433865

JLG Release: Oct 2015


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Dogs , Humorous stories , Boasting , Individuality

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Awards & Honors

Booklist Best Picture Books of 2015
Booklist Editor’s Choice 2015, Fiction
2016 CCBC Choices–Picture Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Book List*, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Bob is an amazing dog. He can cook breakfast, drive a car, play golf, and dig for dinosaur bones. When neighbor Mimi comes over singing the praises of her dog Truffles, Jeff has to agree that Bob can’t hold a candle to Truffles when it comes to fetching a stick, sitting, and barking. So it goes that Mimi believes that her dog is the best, but Bob is an amazing dog. He can cook breakfast, drive a car, play golf, and dig for dinosaur bones. When neighbor Mimi comes over singing the praises of her dog Truffles, Jeff has to agree that Bob can’t hold a candle to Truffles when it comes to fetching a stick, sitting, and barking. So it goes that Mimi believes that her dog is the best, but in the end it is Jeff and his family who are enjoying a delicious pizza made by Bob. This humorous story is great for beginning readers. The bright cartoon illustrations follow the text perfectly and will catch the eye of any child. VERDICT A fun addition to any collection.—Betsy Davison, Cortland Free Library, NY

Junior Library Guild

  • A simple, humorous story; clean page design; and charming, cartoon-style illustrations combine for an appealing book that is good for both beginning readers and read alouds.
  • Kids will chuckle at the understated descriptions of Bob’s talents, accompanied by images that tell a different story. In early spreads, the page turn
    • A simple, humorous story; clean page design; and charming, cartoon-style illustrations combine for an appealing book that is good for both beginning readers and read alouds.
    • Kids will chuckle at the understated descriptions of Bob’s talents, accompanied by images that tell a different story. In early spreads, the page turn is used to great effect: one spread shows Bob’s owner offering his dog a bowl (“Like all dogs, Bob loves breakfast.”). After turning the page, the illustration reveals Bob cracking an egg in the bowl, cooking breakfast—a speech bubble announces: “Eggs for Jeff. Pancakes for Mom and Dad. Ham for me.” Later spreads include “Bob likes to play with a ball” (putting on the golf course) and “he likes to dig for bones” (an archaeological exhumation of an Apatosaurus bone.)
    • The importance of accepting individual strengths is gently shown in a funny and relatable scene in which Bob and his owner encounter a braggart and her show-off dog.

Book Details

ISBN

9780823433865

First Release

October 2015

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

8" x 10"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 1.2; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 1.5; Points: 1;

Lexile

Level 320L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Reinforced trade edition

Publisher

Holiday House

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Dogs, Humorous stories, Boasting, Individuality,

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