Regular price $19.00
Hardcover Picture Book, 40 pages
From the hilarious author of Who Wet My Pants? , Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great , and the Dinosaur Vs. series comes a kid-pleasing read-aloud about a devious alligator who learns to love!
Welcome to Chez Bob, which seems like a real restaurant...until you realize...it's on an alligator's NOSE! Bob's got a hidden plan for his customers: "Birds will come to eat, but I will eat the birds!" As they fly in from all over the world to dine on Bob's face, something starts to happen that takes the lazy, hungry reptile by surprise -- the birds stay. " More yummy birds! " he rejoices -- he'll want for nothing! But when the time is right, will Bob make the right choice?
Comic genius Bob Shea cooks up a tasty tale that proves anyone, even hungry alligators, can have a change of heart and learn to be a good friend.
Del School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This quirky tale of a nefarious plan gone wrong follows Bob, a proudly lazy alligator who devises an elaborate scheme to lure his meals to him instead of hunting. He builds a birdseed restaurant on his snout to attract birds, making it a snap to gobble them up. However, when the first customer arrives, Bob realizes it would be prudent to allow the bird to fly free and spread the word about "Chez Bob," thereby attracting even more potential snacks with ease. Despite his worst intentions, Bob becomes unwittingly attached to his trusting new companions and the lively community they form around him. He joins a book club and coaches the basketball team, but will he actually make a meal of his feathered friends? The suspense is drawn out until the very end. Young readers will delight in this tale of a flawed protagonist and will cheer for his eventual change of heart. Witty prose and dialogue invite dramatization, making for a fabulously fun read-aloud, while Shea's signature bold, colorful, stylized illustrations serve up a visual feast. Surprisingly touching themes of friendship and caring underpin the narrative's zany humor. Readers will come away giggling but will also retain a renewed sense of the importance of kindness and belonging. VERDICT Laugh-out-loud funny, sweet, and a surefire hit for story time. Bob Shea fans will rejoice.-Allison Tran, Mission Viejo Lib., CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
" Chez Bob is beyond glorious. Seriously: It’s a perfect book. Which is actually pretty infuriating."― Sandra Boynton
"Shea puts a fresh spin on the tale of a villain reformed by spoofing contemporary rhetoric around the communal good: as a "positive role model for the birds I'm going to eat," Bob even coaches a local bird basketball team. Shea's always-striking art has a marvelous lightness here, thanks to the bevy of bird characters and a cheery tropical palette, making for a book that's funny a lovely to look at, too."―Publishers Weekly
"Readers will laugh at this funny story... kids will cheer for the heartwarming ending. Appropriately droll illustrations perfectly match the lively shenanigans and depict Bob with a toothy, expressive mug. This is one to devour."―Kirkus Reviews
“Delightfully mischievous…. Terrifically funny and surprisingly sweet. The splashy illustrations are distinctive and detailed, perfectly suiting the silly tone. Visit Chez Bob with no reservations.”―Booklist
“Shea’s always-striking art has a marvelous lightness here, thanks to the bevy of bird characters and a cheery tropical palette, making for a book that’s funny and lovely to look at, too.”―Publishers Weekly
"A fabulously fun read-aloud…Readers will come away giggling but will also retain a renewed sense of the importance of kindness and belonging. Laugh-out-loud funny, sweet, and a surefire hit for story time."
―School Library Journal
“Playful details in the art, varied perspectives, and effective page-turns enhance the story’s humor…. From its punny, self-referential appetizer of a title (flip the author’s name) to its sweet ending, Chez Bob offers a story-time feast.” ―Horn Book
"The deadpan humor will be appreciated even by older siblings who just might be glancing over younger shoulders."―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"One of the funniest picture books of the year."―Parents Magazine
“Slyly funny in both story and illustration.”―The Boston Globe
Biografía del autor
Bob Shea has created many hilarious books for young people, including Crash, Splash or Moo! , the popular Dinosaur Vs. series, Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great , Unicorn is Maybe Not so Great After All , and the early readers featuring Ballet Cat. He has also written stories such as Who Wet My Pants? , illustrated by Zachariah OHora. He lives in Madison, Connecticut and invites you to visit him at bobshea.com.