Sunday, 5 June 2011

Bobo My Superdog


Bobo My Superdog by Michael Salmon (Ford St Publishing)
HB RRP $19.95
ISBN 978-1-921665-40-0
Reviewed by Jenny Mounfield

As its title suggests, this is the story of one extraordinary pooch. Or is it? Although a tad spoilt, Bobo does all the usual doggy things: buries bones (and neighbours’ cats), barks at possums and plays in mucky drains. But as only his child owner knows, Bobo has super powers. Donning mask and beach towel cape, Bobo does everything from fighting dragons to saving the galaxy. And boy, is he pooped! Thankfully Bobo’s efforts won’t go unrewarded.

Bobo’s adventures will prove popular with every child who has ever seen a puppy in a pet store window and wanted to take him home. And what child hasn’t? Bobo My Superdog taps into the essence of childhood: imagination in its purest form. Through dozens of beautifully detailed illustrations, Salmon draws the reader into that limitless place where all things are possible.

Having written and illustrated 162 books and created Alexander Bunyip (ABC TV 1978-88) Salmon is no stranger to imagination. Other strings in his bow include: theatre set and costume design, puppetry and graphics. He has been awarded a YABBA Picture Storybook of the Year award for, The Monster Who Ate Australia and received several short-listings for the Koala Awards. Further information on Salmon’s long list of accomplishments, school visits etc can be found at his interactive website: www.michaelsalmon.com.au

Jenny Mounfield is the author of three novels for kids, her most recent title being: The Ice-cream Man (Ford St). She has been reviewing for Buzz Words since ’06 and also contributes to The Compulsive Reader: www.compulsivereader.com

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