I'll Save You Bobo!

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Boy's fun struggle to write a jungle story with toy monkey.

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Educational Value

Shows kids how much fun it can be to make up and draw their own stories.

Positive Messages

It's fun to draw and make up stories, and when you're annoyed at your someone or some pet for interrupting, use your imagination to take out your revenge in your story.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Willy is fiercely loyal to and protective of his sock monkey best friend, Bobo. And even when he's mad at Earl the cat, Willy doesn't hit him but just moves to a different location and vents his angry feelings creatively in his story.

Violence & Scariness

Willy gets angry, but he doesn't express that anger physically. In his story, a cat is eaten by a snake.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this engaging sequel to 2011's I Must Have Bobo! shows a self-entertained boy using his imagination to write his own story in pictures. When he gets frustrated by his cat trying to butt in, he just writes him into the story -- to get eaten by a snake!

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Teen, 13 years old Written byHobbs and Calvin January 24, 2013

great book for kids

a great book to read with kids!
Kid, 3 years old April 19, 2012

What's the story?

Willy tries to read his sock monkey best friend Bobo a story, but his cat, Earl, keeps horning in on the action. \"Let's write our own book, Bobo,\" he says, \"It will be all about you. And me.\" He proceeds to create a jungle adventure with crayons, moving his base of operations into a \"tent\" (under a sheet stretched across two chairs), but Earl climbs up and crashes through it. Willy takes Bobo and moves to a table to continue and works out his irritation with Earl by putting him in the story -- to be eaten by a snake! In a final twist, Willy shrieks in terror when he mistakes Earl's tail for a real snake.

Is it any good?

I'LL SAVE YOU BOBO is utterly delightful. It shows a boy's passion for storytelling, his excitement at imagined adventure, and his fierce loyalty to his best friend/sock monkey, Bobo. The emotions are real and familiar, and the echoes of Willy's narration in Earl's actual movements are clever and entertaining.

The spare, cartoon-like drawings against a soft yellow background contrast Willy's unbridled enthusiasm with Earl and Bobo's deadpan reactions. And the charmingly rendered relationship of boy and stuffed animal can't help but remind you of the great comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about creative things you can do when you get annoyed by a pet, a friend, or a sibling. Kids: Do you have ways that keep you from blowing up?

  • Have you ever written a story in pictures? Is it harder or easier to tell a story that way?

  • Kids: Have you ever written a story about one of your stuffed animals? Would you like to try?

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