Today, we're also reviewing the adorable Dewey Bob. Author Judy Schauchner has writen a charming tale about one young racoon, who realizes that there's more to experience in life than just collecting items.
This is a great novel about perspective and friendship, and I can't wait for all of you to read it!
Expected publication: September 8th 2015 by Dial Books (first published September 1st 2015)
Dewey Bob Crockett is a durn cute raccoon. He lives by himself in a house packed to the brim with the wonderful objects he collects. Buttons, wheels, furniture, and bric-a-brac adorn his cozy quarters and keep him busy as he finds and fixes, turning trash into treasures. But being a nocturnal creature can be awfully lonely, and there is one thing missing from Dewey’s collections—a friend. He tries gathering up some critters and bringing them home in his shopping cart, but it doesn’t work out so well. In the end, a friend comes Dewey’s way, and, with a little DIY help from this clever raccoon, returns again and again.
Funny, energetic, and with a lilting twang, the text is a priceless read-aloud. Combining art and heart with storytelling genius, Judy Schachner crafts a friendship tale destined to bring her even more ardent fans.
Judy Schachner introduces us to Dewey Bob, a young racoon who has outgrown his family pants. He sets out on his own, moving into an old oak tree and collecting objects and random bric-a-brac along the way. However, Dewey Bob soon realizes that while the experience of collecting objects is lovely, he would love to have a friend as well...
Schachner's story is a melodic tale, full of whimsical rhyming sentences that sounds like singing when read out loud. Those melodic sentences are made even better by the wonderful themes of the story; Dewey Bob's journey is both an adventure story for a young raccoon setting to find his way out in the world, but also a tale about getting to know yourself.
Schachner shows that even though Dewey Bob is continuing to enjoy collecting and cleaning the items that he's found, just having physical objects isn't enough. He also feels lonely and would like a friend. It's a subtle reminder that it's okay to explore new interests, including new friends.
And while Dewey Boby's attempts to get friendship have unexpected results, he eventually does make a friend that reinforces the idea that some of the best friendships are built on people who genuinely understand each other's quirks, and love without agenda.
Schachner's story is accentuated by her colorful drawings. As another reviewer pointed out, Schachner utilizes a variety of art materials for each picture, which not only matches the theme of the story, but helps each page vibrate with energy and joy.
Bottom line: This is a great book about learning what you want for yourself, and how to be a good friend.
About the author:
Best known for her Skippyjon Jones series, Judy Schachner has illustrated many of her own stories, including the much-loved Grannyman and its companion book,Bits & Pieces. She has also illustrated stories by others, including I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson and How the Cat Swallowed Thunderby bestselling author Lloyd Alexander. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.