Bob, Not Bob!

Bob, Not Bob!
Written by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick, Illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Publisher’s Summary:
Little Louie is stuck in bed with a bad cold. His nose is clogged, his ears are crackling, and his brain feels full. All he wants is his mom to take care of him, but whenever he calls out for her, his stuffed-up nose summons slobbery dog Bob instead! As Louie tries and tries to make himself understood in this funny picture book, kids will love calling out with him, “Bob, not Bob!”

Primary Source Pairing:
Poor Louie! We all know what it feels like to be sick and want comfort. Matthew Cordell’s illustrations help us feel sad with Louie, and as the story progresses feel frustrated to be understood just like Louie. For this primary source pairing, use a feelings chart with students as you read the book. Make copies for each student to hold and study, and frequently stop the story and ask students to point to a feeling that Louie or another character is feeling. This feelings chart is a wonderful resource with a connection to the social-emotional curriculum.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • What people and objects are shown?
  • How are they arranged?
  • What feelings on the chart have you experienced?
  • While reading the book, think about how Louie is feeling. Think of a time you have felt the same way as Louie.

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Feelings Chart: Ellie Peters, creator, linked on Pinterest