Uncle Bobby's Wedding

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Product Details

Price
$17.99  $16.55
Publisher
Little Bee Books
Publish Date
Pages
32
Dimensions
8.8 X 11.3 X 0.3 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781499810080

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About the Author

Sarah Brannen is an award-winning author and illustrator of more than twenty books for children, including Bear Needs Help, Madame Martine, Seashells: More Than a Home, and Feathers: Not Just for Flying. She also illustrated the 40th-anniversary edition of All Kinds of Families by Norma Simon. Sarah lives near Boston, Massachusetts. Learn more at sarahbrannen.com.

Lucia Soto is an illustrator and graphic designer who loves Julie London and Art Deco, and is afraid of pigeons. After working as an art director in advertising, Lucia decided to set up her own studio and make beautiful art. Uncle Bobby's Wedding is her debut picture book. She lives with her husband and their tiny apple tree in London, England. luciasoto.com

Reviews

Uncle Bobby is getting married-but his niece Chloe doesn't know if that is a good idea.
When Uncle Bobby announces at the first picnic of the summer that he and "his friend, Jamie," are getting married, everyone is happy except Chloe. When she expresses her concern to her mother, Mom says she should talk to Uncle Bobby, who reassures Chloe that they will still have plenty of fun together-and then sets out to prove it. Bobby and Jamie take Chloe to the ballet and joke afterward at a soda shop. They go sailing, and Jamie is the first to jump in when Chloe tumbles out of the boat. Roasting marshmallows over a campfire, Chloe happily says, "I wish both of you were my uncles"-and of course they tell her she will get that wish. Flower girl Chloe helps out at the wedding, and they all dance the night away. Brannen reworks the text of her out-of-print and oft-challenged 2008 title to good effect. The tale of a child's uncertainty and jealousy at her uncle's wedding someone who just happens to be another man and the family's carefree celebration of that union remains essentially the same. Soto's bright, friendly cartoons, however, depict a diverse human cast-Uncle Bobby presents white and Jamie presents black-representing a quantum leap forward over the original's anthropomorphic guinea pigs. Chloe has light beige skin; her mother presents white, and her father's skin is a shade darker than Chloe's.
A joyous, heartwarming, sweet-and essential-update.-- "Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW"
In this reworking of a 2008 title, now published in partnership with GLAAD, everyone in the family is happy that Uncle Bobby and his "friend" Jamie are getting married, with one exception: Chloe worries that the marriage will make her uncle less present in her life. But Uncle Bobby handles this sense of displacement like a pro: he invites Chloe to go on outings with him and Jamie, and soon Chloe realizes that Jamie is a lot of fun-after a trip to the ballet, "Jamie imitated the ballet dancers and Chloe laughed so hard, she got soda up her nose"-and that two uncles might be better than one. From the announcement picnic to the lively wedding (with Chloe as a yellow-clad flower girl), illustrator Soto's inclusive cartooned characters are attentive and affectionate in a way that feels genuine. Those we love, she and Brannen show, needn't change just because they love someone else, too-there's plenty of room in the human heart.-- "Publishers Weekly"