bob the artist | book review


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bob the artist - inner cover

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.

bob the artist - book review

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bob the artist with spots on his beak

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.

bob the artist | book review was last modified: July 15th, 2018 by kitty redburn

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  • Reply Candy Pop 01/06/2016 at 20:44

    Oh my goodness, I adore this book! Such sweet illustrations. x

    • Reply laura redburn 08/06/2016 at 19:40

      it is absolutely wonderful and every now and then i go back and have a read of it. i guess that’s the good thing about childrens/picture books like this, you only need to take a few minutes out of your day to do so!

  • Reply Claire 01/06/2016 at 22:33

    What a great wee book! That fingerprint cat is wonderful.

    • Reply laura redburn 08/06/2016 at 19:39

      i loved all the illustrations but i think the fingerprint cat was my favourite!

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