Bob, Not Bob!: *to be read as though you have the worst cold ever

By: Audrey Vernick

Liz Garton Scanlon

Illustrator: Matthew Cordell

Little Louie is stuck in bed with a bad cold. All he wants is his mom to take care of him, but whenever he calls out for her, his stuffed-up nose summons slobbery dog Bob instead! Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781484723029

JLG Release: May 2017


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Common cold , Being sick , Sick days , Mother and child , Pets , Dogs , Humorous stories

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Awards & Honors

2018 MLA Mitten Award Honor
ALA-CBC Building a Home Library Booklist - 2018
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Picture Books

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Little Louie has a bad cold. His nose is clogged. His brain is fuzzy. In a sudden urge to abandon self-sufficiency, he yells for his mom—but congestion makes it sound like he’s asking for “Bob,” which is coincidentally the name of his dog. Instead of a warm, comforting parent, Louie gets his drooly, high-strung dalmatian. Th Little Louie has a bad cold. His nose is clogged. His brain is fuzzy. In a sudden urge to abandon self-sufficiency, he yells for his mom—but congestion makes it sound like he’s asking for “Bob,” which is coincidentally the name of his dog. Instead of a warm, comforting parent, Louie gets his drooly, high-strung dalmatian. This is the central joke of the book. (For the former Bob, the “o” is stylized to look like a heart, while for the latter, it simply looks like an “o.”) Readers are told that the text should “be read as though you have the worst cold ever.” The story is child-centric if a bit unfocused and is in keeping with busy families and the havoc caused by ailing children. Cordell’s Jules Feiffer—esque illustrations are entertaining, even though the unvaried white background could use more pep. VERDICT Wheezy, sneezy kids are likely to enjoy hearing about someone who’s as sick as they are and to giggle at the ongoing confusion. A competent but one-note addition.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY

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[STARRED REVIEW]
Little Louie has a big head cold. “All he wanted (besides maybe some hot chocolate) was his mother.” But with his stuffy nose, his calls for “MOM!” sound like “BOB!” And that’s why his big, slobbery dog, Bob, comes running. Every time: “NO! NO, no, no! BOB, not BOB!”
[STARRED REVIEW]
Little Louie has a big head cold. “All he wanted (besides maybe some hot chocolate) was his mother.” But with his stuffy nose, his calls for “MOM!” sound like “BOB!” And that’s why his big, slobbery dog, Bob, comes running. Every time: “NO! NO, no, no! BOB, not BOB!” Soon, everyone—including faithful Bob—is frustrated and confused. The book jacket and title page advise reading this story aloud “as though you have the worst cold ever.” The co-authors’ narrative is satisfying beyond the funny gimmick, though, offering depth and heart in addition to the silly misunderstandings. Kids will relate to Little Louie’s suffering from both his cold symptoms and his inability to make his wishes heard. Cordell’s expressive loose-lined illustrations set on lots of white space enhance the humor and help move the plot forward. Sharp-eyed viewers will clue in to the difference between BOB meaning the dog (printed with an o-shaped O) and BOB meaning MOM (with a heart-shaped o: “B♥B”). Eventually, Mom (exhausted), Little Louie (happy), and Bob (content) all end up in bed, as “cozy as could be.” All turns out well for Little Louie; his germs, however, move on to the next victim. Get well soon, Bob, er, Mom! kitty flynn

Book Details

ISBN

9781484723029

First Release

May 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.2; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 1.7; Points: 1;

Lexile

Level AD500L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Disney-Hyperion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Common cold, Being sick, Sick days, Mother and child, Pets, Dogs, Humorous stories,

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