bob the artist – £10.95
℅ laurence king
‘bob the artist’ is a book i wish i had as a child.
bob is teased by his friends that he has skinny legs, and he feels like he needs to change himself in order to fit in. he goes on a journey and essentially learns that he doesn’t need to change, he just needs to be confident in being himself. good on you, bob!
when i was younger i never felt like i fit in – not so much in looks (though i was teased and bullied for being short, but that’s a different story) but more so that i never felt like anyone ‘got’ me. actually, i still feel like this, but not to the same degree.
i wish i’d had a book back then to help me realise that just being myself is good enough, and that i should have relished it. it would have made the long journey of growing up a little easier! art plays a strong part in my life too, as it did for bob and his transformation.
story aside, aren’t the illustrations in this book absolutely wonderful? they’re by the author of the book itself, marion deuchars. i love how simple, graphic and colourful they are. though this book feels quite colourful the colour palette is actually very strict – but you don’t really notice as each page and illustration is so striking.
like any good picture book, the pictures really carry the story on and bring it to life. this book is recommended for ages 3 and up, and i think children (and adults) of varying ages will appreciate it for story and imagery alike. it’s very charming and certainly one to remember.