Written and illustrated by C.L. Murphy
Interactive ebook available on iTunes
21 pages – ages 4+
Published on Feb 01, 2013 by Peanut Butter Prose
Summary: Lovable Lobo is no ordinary wolf-pup! Lobo the lovable wolf-pup has been invited by his friend Lulubell the cow to visit the barnyard and see all the animals. Lobo goes around, pretending to be the animals he comes by. He slops in the mud with the pigs, and he swims in the pond and quacks like a duck. He startles the horse he was riding when asked if he was hungry, he replied that he could “eat a horse”. The barnyard animals are quite sure what to make of a friendly wolf pup. Still, no matter his actions, Lobo still wins over the hearts of the animals at the barnyard.
What I thought: Hoorah Hoorah! My dad won an ipad from his work so I can now review interactive ipad books! This is a great one! It is very well done with big bright illustrations and lots of action. I also like that the book is interactive – you can click on a semi-transparent animal track (they are scattered throughout the book) and listen to the sound the animal makes. That is great fun for little kids. The illustrations (also done by Ms. Murphy) are very cute and add a lot to the action of the story. I love that Lobo really doesn’t think about being a wolf and that the animals may be a bit scared of him. Lobo just is his lovable self and the other animals accept him. That’s a nice message.
This is the second book in the lovable Lobo series. One of the reasons I wanted to review this book is that it also comes in a Spanish version, “Lobo visita la granja.”
For my next Upper Bucks Free Press newspaper column I am writing a story about the benefits of getting the same books in multiple languages to help kids be exposed to and learn other languages. This book is a great example of that and I’ll be using it in my article.
Find the Adventures of Lovable Lobo on iTunes HERE.
To learn more about Ms. Murphy and her other books, please visit her website HERE.
Check out the trailer!
WAIT! BEFORE YOU GO –
As a personal note, I think Ms. Murphy is a great member of the kid-lit community. She is always there to support and cheer people on and she is very nice. I was very sad to read on the Lovable Lobo Facebook page that Lobo, the real Lovable Lobo, passed away on May 19th. He was over 14 years old and was a living example of how we shouldn’t judge others. You can read about him HERE.
I’d ask everyone to give a howl at the moon tonight in remembrance of Lobo.