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Bob Staake is an American illustrator, cartoonist, children's book author and designer. He has been working on this book for 10 years, and he believes Bluebird is the story he was born to write. He lives and works in Chatham, Massachusetts.
The hero of this story – which is dedicated to every child who loves a special book – wants a pet, but it’s got to be one that’s easy, not like puppy dogs or kittens, which simply make him sneezy. He finds the perfect thing in his local bookshop – a frisky red hardback! The boy is delighted with his new pet book, which is everything he’d wanted and more, so imagine his horror when he comes home one day to find it missing! All ends well (the best books always do) with book and boy reunited. Staake has great fun with his daft premise, and his ultra-bright digital illustrations are full of extra visual jokes too. A bit bonkers, but guaranteed to make readers laugh! ~ Andrea Reece
July 2014 Book of the Month Echoes of the classic story of The Red Balloon shape this stunning wordless picture book. When a bluebird befriends a lonely boy playing out in a city park after school he brings hope and cheer into the boy’s quiet life. When the boy is set on by a gang, the bluebird gives its life to protect him. And all is not lost. Suddenly, the air is full of birds of all colours. All the grey of everyday life vanishes s they sweep the boy off into a new adventure and bring hope into his life.
Most pets are cats and dogs, but what do you do if you want a different kind of pet, one that doesn't meow or bark? Bob Staake's exuberant tale of a little boy and the pet of his dreams will appeal to anyone whose best friends are... books! Books make the perfect pets, the boy decides, and chooses a bright red one. When it goes missing, a lively adventure is in store for readers who love a happy ending. Soon kids everywhere will wish for a pet book of their very own.
Readers will be captivated as they follow the journey of a bluebird as he develops a friendship with a young boy and ultimately risks his life to save the boy from harm. Both simple and evocative, this timeless and profound story will resonate with readers young and old. 'Deeply impressive and moving.' - Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review 'A book of true beauty.'- The New York Times
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