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Bob, Not Bob!

SCANLON, Liz Garton & . Bob, Not Bob! illus. by Matthew Cordell. 40p. ebook available. Disney-Hyperion. Feb. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781484723029.
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PreS-Gr 2—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.

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