Saturday, April 16, 2011

Book Review: I Must Have Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal

I have been hearing about I Must Have Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal, and so I read it at a bookstore. I see this book in a niece's future!

Willy loves his stuffed monkey, Bobo, but so does Earl the cat. Earl is diligent, persistent, and doesn't take no for an answer. Whenever Willy looks away even for a minute, Bobo disappears! I know I'm supposed to sympathize with Willy, but is it so wrong that I hope Earl wins? My sister's cat was always stealing her stuffed Snowman, and eventually we had to get my sister a new one (a bigger one that was harder for the cat to drag around, although not impossible.) The storyline of this book is certainly true-to-life as I experienced this in my family.

Willy is pretty cute, and this book could take place any time from the 1940s to now. The book won't date which is excellent. A timeless story of sharing, loss, friendship, it is sweet and not saccharine. It is a story that can be read over and over.

This review is a part of Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama, a collection of children's book-related posts over the weekend.

I read this book while standing in a B&N.


Julie P. said...

I love those timeless books! Thanks for sharing.

Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

This sounds like the perfect book for a child who has a pet, especially a cat who likes to take ownership!