Bob & Rob & Corn on the Cob

Todd McQueen (Illustrator)

Product Details

Sky Pony Press
Publish Date
May 13, 2014
8.3 X 0.5 X 10.1 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

Todd McQueen is a graphic designer who specializes in photographic postproduction and interactive media. Some of his clients include Verizon Wireless, Cisco Systems, the Dial Corp, American Heart Association, and Arizona State University. This is Todd's first picture book. He resides with his family near Phoenix, Arizona.


"Newcomer McQueen's polished digital artwork gives his story some hipster cred as he pits two sneakers-wearing squirrels against a rabbit diva. The opening page shows an ear of corn on a checkered tablecloth; a squirrel in Buddy Holly glasses sniffs appreciatively: "This is Bob." A page turn introduces a squirrel in a party hat: "This is Rob. These two squirrels love corn on the cob." Several more animals and a robot show up ("Mama?" the robot keeps asking mechanically), and then Ella Mae Dobbs appears. She's "a bit of a snob," a white, long-eared bunny with perfectly applied lipstick, Jackie O. sunglasses, and an expression of withering scorn. Her eating habits don't make any sense to the squirrels: "Ella Mae Dobbs loves pan-seared tofu." The squirrels conspire: "I want to see Ella eat corn on the cob," says Bob to Rob. There's screenplay-style wit in the contrast between Ella Mae's hauteur and the squirrels' high school humor; with the help of the robot's innovative cooking, Ella Mae thaws out and laughs. A quiet protest against snooty foodies.: --Publishers Weekly