Bob's Blue Period.

Laurence King. May 2018. 32p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781786270702.
K-Gr 2–The beret-wearing Bob is a sensitive bird who is also an artist. Friendship and loss are the focus in this second iteration of his adventures. Bat is his best friend. Of all the things they do together, their favorite is painting. When one day Bat leaves a note explaining that he must go away for a while, Bob is despondent. His zest for life is gone, and his paintings are all done in blue. “There was a big blue hole where Bat used to be.” Owl, Cat, and the other birds step in to help; a vivid sunrise is all Bob needs to help him snap out of his funk. The universe responds to positivity, and a postcard arrives from Bat, who is returning from his hibernation; “Bob's world is full of color again.” Deuchars's loose, nimble watercolors, fingerprint characters, and hand lettering will inspire an “I can do it” feeling in young readers; not surprising since her oeuvre includes several “how to” art-making books.
VERDICT Use this picture book in an art class to introduce Picasso's Blue Period or to support a social-emotional curriculum. Recommended for larger collections.

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