Last spring, debut author and illustrator team Pepper Springfield and Kristy Caldwell introduced readers to two rather distinctive families, the Bobs and the Tweets, in a new series BOBS AND TWEETS. In its enthusiastic review of the first book, Meet the Bobs and Tweets, Booklist said, “Antics abound, and kids will be eager for more in future adventures.” Now, just in time for summer reading, the escapades continue in BOBS AND TWEETS: Perfecto Pet Show (Scholastic; June 27, 2017; 9780545870733).
When last seen, the Bobs and Tweets had moved across from each other on Bonefish Street at the recommendation of Mo, a community leader who clearly has a sense of humor. The problem: The Tweets are super neat and the Bobs are just plain slobs, and there just may not be enough room for the two families on the same street. The exceptions to this rule are Lou Tweet and Dean Bob, who have very different habits than their respective family members. When Lou and Dean meet at the town pool they become fast friends.
In Perfecto Pet Show, everyone is super-excited because Lou and Dean’s teacher, Ms, Pat, is hosting an afternoon of entertainment featuring kids and their pets. Anything goes she says, as long as each act runs for just three minutes. Lou decides on a rock-n-roll number with her cat, Pretty Kitty, and Dean plans to play the banjo with his pitbull, Chopper. When a giant bike collision and a case of stage-fright threaten to ruin the fun, the Bobs and the Tweets have to depend on each other and the differences they once thought were intolerable. Will both families put aside their stubborn ways and save the day?
Written in rhyming verse that is perfect for reading aloud, and clever four-color illustrations throughout, BOBS AND TWEETS is an excellent series for emerging readers. The friendship between Lou Tweet and Dean Bob is a wonderful example of how opposites acting together are stronger than they are apart. More adventures will be here soon!
About the Authors
Pepper Springfield was born and raised in Massachusetts. Pepper loves rock ‘n’ roll and chocolate, just like Lou Tweet. And, like Dean Bob, Pepper loves to read and do crossword puzzles. Over the years, Pepper has loved all kinds of pets: dogs, cats, hamsters, turtles, fish, a bunny, and an imaginary monkey. Pepper does not like the spotlight (but her alter ego is Judy Newman, President of Scholastic Reading Club)
Kristy Caldwell received an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. She is a full-time illustrator and lives in New York, New York. (She is also the illustrator of Flowers for Sarajevo by John McCutcheon, published by Peachtree Press).
MEET THE BOBS AND TWEETS
Book #2: Perfecto Pet Show
By Pepper Springfield
Publication Date: June 27th, 2017
Format: Hardcover and e-book
Price(s): $9.99 / $5.99
Page Count: 80