In a town where everyone looks the same, individuality finally shines.
In Bobville, everyone is named “Bob” (according to their nametags), and everyone looks exactly the same. Striped shirts stretch over rotund bodies, noses flop, and skin and clothes are drab in grayscale shades. Every Bob does the same thing as the next Bob—they eat the same food, think the same thoughts, indulge in the same hobby (playing accordion, of course), and dream the same dreams at night (watching paint dry). They have heard of suspicious others who are not named Bob but see those only on the news. One day, one intrepid Bob wakes up and decides instead to be called “Bruce.” Bruce gets a new, very colorful wardrobe and steps outside. The town is appalled. They immediately ostracize the “Person Formerly Known as Bob,” quickly building a wall to keep Bruce out forever (and any other errant “not-Bobs,” too). Luckily, Bruce just might find a new, more accepting community, after all. Aptly named Staake fills the art with sly asides: a sign that states “Curb Your Bob,” a supermarket shelf filled with Bob-related cereals, and a “Bobhound” bus, to name a few. Background colors in Bobville are muted to pastel shades; the other side of the wall is splashy, diverse, and bold.
A clever look at tolerance and understanding.(Picture book. 4-8)