cover image I’ll Save You Bobo!

I’ll Save You Bobo!

Eileen Rosenthal, illus. by Marc Rosenthal. S&S/Atheneum, $14.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4424-0378-9

The war wages on! In this charming sequel to I Must Have Bobo! (2010), Willy and his pet cat, Earl, are still having trouble coexisting at home, and stuffed monkey Bobo is caught in the middle. All three characters fully inhabit their identities. Willy is emphatic and mercurial, excited about the jungle adventure he’s drawing (“And we have a tent!” he shouts gleefully) and irritated at Earl’s intrusions. Earl does as cats do, sometimes insisting on being in the middle of the action, at other times drifting into the background or tentatively exploring what Willy is up to. Bobo, inanimate, is just along for the ride. A joyful tribute to imagination and everyday domestic dramas. Ages 3–6. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Apr.)