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Chez Bob Hardcover – Picture Book, Sept. 28 2021

4.8 4.8 out of 5 stars 125 ratings

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"Chez Bob is beyond glorious. Seriously: It’s a perfect book. Which is actually pretty infuriating."―Sandra Boynton

* "Shea puts a fresh spin on the tale of a villain reformed by spoofing contemporary rhetoric around the communal good: as a "positive role model for the birds I'm going to eat," Bob even coaches a local bird basketball team. Shea's always-striking art has a marvelous lightness here, thanks to the bevy of bird characters and a cheery tropical palette, making for a book that's funny a lovely to look at, too."―
Publishers Weekly

* "Readers will laugh at this funny story... kids will cheer for the heartwarming ending. Appropriately droll illustrations perfectly match the lively shenanigans and depict Bob with a toothy, expressive mug. This is one to devour."―
Kirkus Reviews

* “Delightfully mischievous…. Terrifically funny and surprisingly sweet. The splashy illustrations are distinctive and detailed, perfectly suiting the silly tone. Visit Chez Bob with no reservations.”―

* “Shea’s always-striking art has a marvelous lightness here, thanks to the bevy of bird characters and a cheery tropical palette, making for a book that’s funny and lovely to look at, too.”―
Publishers Weekly

* "A fabulously fun read-aloud…Readers will come away giggling but will also retain a renewed sense of the importance of kindness and belonging. Laugh-out-loud funny, sweet, and a surefire hit for story time."

School Library Journal

“Playful details in the art, varied perspectives, and effective page-turns enhance the story’s humor…. From its punny, self-referential appetizer of a title (flip the author’s name) to its sweet ending, Chez Bob offers a story-time feast.” ―
Horn Book

"The deadpan humor will be appreciated even by older siblings who just might be glancing over younger shoulders."―
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"One of the funniest picture books of the year."―
Parents Magazine

“Slyly funny in both story and illustration.”―
The Boston Globe

About the Author

Bob Shea has created many hilarious books for young people, including Crash, Splash or Moo!, the popular Dinosaur Vs. series, Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great, Unicorn is Maybe Not so Great After All, and the early readers featuring Ballet Cat. He has also written stories such as Who Wet My Pants?, illustrated by Zachariah OHora. He lives in Madison, Connecticut and invites you to visit him at

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Sept. 28 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316483117
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316483117
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 420 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 22.73 x 1.52 x 28.83 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 4.8 out of 5 stars 125 ratings

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You know that PBS Kids spot where the pig runs around and eats things that begin with the letter "p"? Bob made that! He made a bunch of other animations for PBS Kids and helped them develop a national literacy campaign.

He has met Al Roker and Fonzie.

His stories, artwork and characters have also appeared on Nick Jr. and Noggin. He was even on Noggin, reading one of his books to Ryan, his little boy.

Bob likes to speak in the third person.

Bob has written several children's books, including New Socks, Big Plans, which was illustrated by Lane Smith, Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, Race You To Bed, and Oh Daddy.

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime was one of Amazon's Top 10 Picture Books of the year, and a Horn Book Magazine best of 2008.

He lives in Connecticut with his wife Colleen and his son, Ryan. He and Colleen own Perfectly Nice, a graphic design studio.

Bob enjoys cake.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A class apart
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift book--everyone needs a laugh
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Elayne Crain
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift book--everyone needs a laugh
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 2, 2022
There is such much to love about Chez Bob. It's not just that the title is @bobsheabooks 's name in last-then-first-order, OR the completely perfect opening spread that perfectly sets up the story (not have to read the book), OR the fabulous illustrations OR the unexpected small business's just so. dang. funny. I've read with my 3rd grader so many times already, each of us taking turns reading aloud and snickering. ALSO! If you are a fan, you should sign up for his e-newsletter on his website-they are infrequent but frequently hilarious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super fun, cute and well illustrated. Great story with a message too.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 27, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every line makes me laugh!
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 5, 2022
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