Perfect Picture Book Friday! Bob The Artist by Marion Deuchars

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a unique take on the traditional “bully book”.

bobBob The Artist
By Marion Deuchars
32 pages – ages 6+

Published by Laurence King Publishing on April 26, 2016

Theme/Topic- Bullies / Expressing Yourself

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “‘What a beautiful day for a walk on my FINE legs,’ said Bob.”

Publisher’s Synopsis: Bob the bird is just like all his friends, apart from his skinny legs. When Bob is teased, he decides to try to change himself to fit in. But little does he know where all his efforts will lead him…

What I Thought- This is a nice book with a neat take on a bullying problem – Bob has skinny legs and they make him self-conscious after hearing some of the things to other birds say.


After realizing he can’t change his legs, Bob tries a different approach to divert attention away from his legs. That’s a really smart plan, and it leads into discussions about expressing yourself. It’s a neat book, with an interesting shape, and sized paper – another testimony to expressing yourself.


The illustrations looked like they were done with a fountain pen (or a dip pen) – giving it a nice feeling as you read it. I really enjoyed this nontraditional bully-book!

Activities and Resources- I’ve found a few websites with lesson plans for teachers about their kids expressing themselves. One at The Teacher’s Lounge, another at Treasures, and one more at


I think some art lessons could go along with the book too. Bob painted his beak in style of Matisse and Jackson Pollock. That could lead to a discussion of artwork from these artists.

You can see Henry Matisse’s artwork at

and Jackson Pollock art work at

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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18 replies

  1. Aw, man! I NEED to see this book!

  2. Looks like an inspiring story! My library doesn’t have it yet. Hope they do soon! 🙂

  3. Wow this is a cool book. Very eye catching. Very clever approach to a universal topic. Thanks Erik.

  4. I put this title on my Goodreads TBR list when I saw the first teaser. Glad you got your hands on it and shared this sneak peek! Looks fab.

  5. Love the illustrations!!

  6. This one sounds great! It’s now on my to-look-for list!

  7. Bob is a cool book. Both bullying and art appreciation. Odd, yet wonderful combination. Nice review, Erik. Bob the Artist was a little difficult to review (at least for me).

  8. What a great choice! Sounds like a winner on many levels. Excellent review, Erik.

  9. Poor Bob, getting bullied for his perfectly fine legs! Ah well, I’m glad that everything turned out alright for him in the end. This looks like a really interesting picture book, and I love the huge splotches of paint on the inside. Nice review!

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