Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bob and Rob and Corn on the Cob by Todd McQueen

Meet squirrels, Bob and Rob, and as the title would suggest, the two really enjoy corn on the cob. However, they have a friend, Ella Mae Dobbs, who is a bit of a snob, and she prefers tofu.

One day, the squirrels suggest that Ella try the corn and they will in turn try her tofu. This is when things get a little weird and a robot appears, looking for his mother. As it turns out, the robot's mother is a popcorn maker, which makes the beloved corn on the cob into popcorn and Ella finds this decidedly "interesting."

And, this is an interesting tale. It's funny and surprising with rhyming text that will have you giggling. The photographic illustrations are hilarious, with the squirrels turning green as they eat tofu. Yet, an important lesson in not being snooty and trying new things resonates under all the comedy.

For more lyrical and funny picture books with important lessons you may try Lemony Snicket's The Dark or This is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems.

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