Chez Bob by Bob Shea

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Chez Bob: Shea, Bob: 9780316483117: Books

Summary:  Bob is a lazy–but hungry–alligator who hopes that birds will fly into his mouth when he calls to them.  When that plan fails, he notices how much birds like birdseed, and decides to open a seed restaurant on his nose.  Chez Bob attracts its first customer the very next day.  The bird promises to tell all its friends, so Bob decides not to eat it.  Pretty soon, Chez Bob is super popular, and Bob finds himself enjoying the community with a book club, a basketball team (he’s the coach), and a sunset cruise.  When a storm comes up, Bob invites his new friends to take shelter in his mouth.  He can hear them laughing, playing, and cleaning his teeth.  It’s official: these birds have gone from “the birds he was going to eat” to “the birds he was absolutely, without a doubt, definitely not going to eat.”  40 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  Bob Shea (who, according to the back flap, insists that the book’s title has nothing to do with his first and last names) has created another goofy book which, like Who Wet My Pants? is also an unexpectedly sweet friendship story.  The cover is sure to catch the eye of young readers and they won’t be the least disappointed by what’s inside.

Cons:  It’s not clear what Bob will be eating once he befriends the birds.

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