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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
It can be hard being a kid, especially for one in elementary school. In Here Comes Bobo and Scooter (The Adventures of Bobo Book 2) by James Gordon, Bobo got the chance to experience growing up first hand by dealing with bullying, rejection and getting his first crush. No one could have told Bobo that his first crush, Maria Johnson from Myra Bradwell Elementary School, wouldn't be his girlfriend before his 5th grade year ends and the summer begins. How could she have checked ‘No’ on the letter that he gave her? He did everything right, didn't he? She even hugged him tight and told him that he did great after his team won the Dodgeball game, so what happened? Well, the summer may become better after all when the family welcomes Scooter, the Beagle, into the Veign family.
I loved this story because of its nostalgic appeal for me. It took me back to my childhood of purchasing vinyl, watching cartoons - from Woody Woodpecker, Tom and Jerry and Bugs Bunny to the Pink Panther - and buying the latest comic books. The summer was a time for fun which kids will enjoy reading about as they ride the ebb and flow of Bobo's life and see through his eyes. The poem Ugly (Am I)? added such a unique touch because we tend to believe as kids that it's how we look that causes the rejection we feel, but in actuality it can be a blessing in disguise.