Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I Must Have Bobo, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal.The security toy in this book is a sock monkey named Bobo. I'm not sure if I love the book because of the fact that the obsessional object is a sock monkey or if it's because of the way the little boy relies on his sock monkey or maybe because the little boy's gray cat (who bears a striking resemblance to Berly) is a rival for Bobo's affections. The combination just works and by the end of the book, you'll be thinking you must have Bobo too!
A review of favorite toys would be incomplete without paying due homage to Mo Willems' already classic Knuffle Bunny trilogy (for those not in the loop, the "K" is not silent). The series stars a young girl named Trixie (which just happens to be the name of Mo's daughter) and her beloved Knuffle Bunny. The entire series is built around the notion of a favorite toy and the different, horrible things that can separate it from its young owne and the lengths to which parents will go to reunite the two. In the third book in the series, Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion, Trixie leaves Knuffle Bunny on an airplane. Face it folks, if you haven't been there, you've no doubt imagined what it would be like. And it isn't pretty!