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Saturday 13 August 2011

Review: Bobo, My Superdog

I mean, come on! Who doesn't want to own a superdog? I so want one, and I so want Bobo.

Bobo is a Shichon (Shih Tzu/Bichon Frise cross) purchased from the pet store on sale day. He's a cute little ball of fluff and is adored by his family. He has a luxury dog house filled with comfy cushions, loves playing ball, watches his favourite dog movies with Dad on the couch, and even sits at the dining table for dinner!

Yes, Bobo is spoiled. So spoiled, he doesn't know stop, drop and heel from sit, walk or roll over. He needs Miss Tiggy's Puppy Training School - and pronto.

Yes, Bobo appears to be a typical, yappy, fluffy white dog but his young owner knows his secret... this unassuming puppy has special powers - he's actually a super hero - Super-Bo! complete with x-ray vision, super strength and speed, and even super breath. He really is a super dog!

You can just imagine the fun author Michael Salmon had dreaming up this tale featuring his real life Shichon dog. Illustrated with the author's fun, colourful and kooky pics, Bobo the Superdog had me winging back to childhood when so many picture books featured text-heavy rollicking tales, high on humour and imagination.

Yes, this book is text heavy but deliciously so. The story is entertaining, charming and mad-crazy imaginative. Kids will love following Super-Bo on his magical, super-powered adventures (pirate ships, gigantic striped vipers, a cruise to the moon, dragons and more) - and each and every one will wish they had their own super hero dog who, despite his high-calibre world-saving shenanigans, is always home in time for dinner.

Super fun.

Title: Bobo, My Superdog
Author/Illustrator: Michael Salmon
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing, $19.95 RRP
Publication Date: 2011
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781921665394
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book