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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Lobo Goes to the Galapagos: The Adventures of Lovable Lobo is a children's book written and illustrated by C.L. Murphy. Lobo lives in the forest and has a raven friend named Roxy. One day after a storm, they find a strange bird with blue feet. Lobo and Roxy think that its feet are blue from the cold, but Bobby explains that his feet are always blue; he's a blue-footed booby, but his wing is broken. Roxy splints up Bobby's wing and wants him to stay in the forest with her and Lobo, but Lobo thinks it's better to take Bobby back to his home. Bobby lives by the ocean, and the three set off. Along the way, they meet up with a sad seagull, a clinging crab and a friendly shark with very large teeth.
C.L. Murphy's latest adventure of Lobo, Lobo Goes to the Galapagos, had me smiling from the very first page. I'm a big Lobo and Roxy fan and wondered just how they'd be able to get Bobby and his blue feet back to the Galapagos Islands. Murphy's story-telling is marvelous, and her illustrations are superb. Each picture is filled with colors and details that make the story come alive. I especially loved Sandra the friendly shark whose teeth sparkle in the sunlight. What a wonderful way to teach kids to appreciate a species that is feared by so many. There's also a detailed map of the Galapagos Islands at the end of the story so kids can see where Wolf Island, Bobby's home, actually is. Who knew geography and learning about animals could be this much fun? Lobo Goes to the Galapagos is my new favorite children's book and is highly recommended.