Captain Bob Takes Flight
By Roni Schotter
Illustrated by Joe Cepeda
Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books April 2003
From the library
The story: It is time for the most dreaded mission of all - cleaning your room! Captain Bob packs his flight bag, gets his sky scarf and goggles and prepares for takeoff. Can he complete his mission and get back to the control tower before lunchtime?
Mama opines: This was one of my sneak attack books. Do any of you other moms and dads do this? You're in the library and your little guy or girl is very focused on finding exactly the same Toy Story book that you get every single week. So...very smoothly you survey the surrounding shelf and slip a few books into the bag that have no Disney/Pixar/Nickelodeon symbols to be found. Captain Bob was one of those.
I'm going to declare this one a big success because David asked to read it before Monsters Inc. So now you understand the magnitude of our love for Captain Bob.
This book is pure fun and it might help at clean up time if you can remind your little one that cleaning is an adventure. We can certainly use all the help we can get!
I love the way the illustrations work in this book. Part of each page shows the reality of his room while the remainder shows the flight in his imagination. It reminded me a tiny bit of Where The Wild Things Are, since this boy also is sent to his room, goes on an adventure and comes home for a meal and love from mom.
Thoughts from David: I like this book because he goes flying way up in the sky!
Favorite part: When he lands in the soup fog!