cover image Bob and Otto

Bob and Otto

Robert O. Bruel, , illus. by Nick Bruel. . Roaring Brook/Porter, $15.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-1-59643-203-1

A father-and-son team has created a delightful tale celebrating the relationship of an unlikely twosome who manage to find the strength in their partnership. On the surface, Bob the caterpillar and Otto the earthworm are bosom buddies, playing together and digging in the ground as though they were the same species. But when instincts propel them to change their routine, the two find themselves on completely different paths. Says Otto, "Life is good just where we are. Why would you want to go up there?"/"Because it's important," said Bob. And up the tree he went." Nick Bruel (Bad Kitty ) lets readers see the simultaneous changes taking place via a split-screen format, which aptly contrasts their different work styles. An accessible introduction to the processes of nature, as well as a fitting tribute to enduring friendship. Ages 3-6. (Apr.)