Bag Boy and Sweet Slob

Children - Grade 4th-6th
40 Pages
Reviewed on 02/11/2021
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Reviewed by Soumya Sreehari for Readers' Favorite

What would you do if you had someone to call whenever you needed a bag for anything? Do you know someone who always keeps her room messy? Your sister, daughter, cousin, friend? What if the one with the bags and the one with the messy room met and became friends? That is exactly what happens in Dave Shelton’s story – Bag Boy and Sweet Slob. Randy Rassman collects all kinds of bags and keeps them handy because he believes they will be useful someday. Tandy Taylor is oblivious to the mess in her room and finds excuses every time her mother asks her to clean the room. She is a kind-hearted girl who just does not want to clean up her room’s mess. When Randy and Tandy meet in school and find that they can help each other, a friendship is born.

We all tend to have that one quality that is noticeable more than any other. A quirk, so to say. Randy is the bag collector; Tandy is the kind girl who never cleans her room. That is how they get their names – Bag Boy and Sweet Slob. Dave Shelton has weaved a beautiful story around these two characters about friendship, kindness, helping others, and caring for the environment. There are lessons to learn, both for children and for grown-ups. The illustrations by Richard Peter David are brilliant. They bring the story alive on the pages. I adored the two sweet characters and enjoyed their story. The story of their meeting, helping each other, and generating a business idea is endearing, to say the least. I highly recommend this book wholeheartedly for a heart-warming read.

T. Rippy

This book is so awesome! I remember being this age (many moons ago). The awkward age when you are just finding out who you are can be tough. Finding out that what you like and dislike may not match with other peers. This book is great for all kids (and adults). It shows that we all have something in common even when we think we don't! Great teaching moment for parents to share with their kids. The cartoons are eye catching. Highly recommended for all ages!

Mary Alice Adams

This is a very sweet story about two youngsters who found each other by happy accident and pooled their respective "idiosyncrasies" to create a business together helping others. The book weaves teaching moments of sensitivity, responsibility and innovative thinking together in a fun and entertaining tale. Children of all ages will enjoy "Bag Boy and Sweet Slob," but preadolescent youngsters especially will relate to its memorable messages.

Doreen Heistuman

Bag Boy and Sweet Slob book was very good to read. I enjoy reading and when Dave, the author read to my students on zoom. They loved it and really enjoyed talking to him. I recommend it to children first grade and up. I rate it four stars.