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BOBBY THE BOLD by Donna Jo Napoli


by Donna Jo Napoli & Eva Furrow & illustrated by Ard Hoyt

Pub Date: May 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-8037-2990-1
Publisher: Dial Books

An ostracized ape earns acceptance by becoming—what else?—a hairdresser in this cheery mother-daughter collaboration. Bobby resembles a chimp but he’s actually a bonobo, which make him different enough to be ignored by the rest of his simian zoo-mates. One night he escapes, boarding a bus that lets him off in front of the “Hair by Pierre” salon. Emerging with a Mohawk and a tube of gel, he returns to the zoo and becomes an instant celebrity, not only for his own dashing ’do, but for the various styles he bestows on all the chimps. Hoyt illustrates with slashing brushwork and fine-lined inking, capturing Bobby’s unflagging energy as well as accurately rendering the hand signs he uses to communicate with a favored zoo keeper and other humans. Readers will have to comb library shelves to find a spirit as bold and irrepressible as this bonobo’s—and the bow he takes on the back cover is well-deserved. (Picture book. 6-8)