Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Brooks Olbrys
Illustrator: Kevin Keele
Publisher: Children’s Success Unlimited LLC
“We all believe you’re
the one for this job.
You’re always creative. You’re Blue Ocean Bob!”
Bob is told in Brooks Olbrys’s children’s book, The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob: Into the Lead.
This fifty-six-page hardbound targets children ages six to eight years old who enjoy stories about the ocean while learning principles of achievement. With no extremely scary scenes, the juvenile fiction contains some complicated wording for beginner readers. Colorful and expressive detailed illustrations cover almost all pages with easy to read writing overlapping them.
Told in rhyme, this third
book in the series contains five eight-to-ten-page chapters about
Bob, a young boy who lives on an isle in the Sea of Kerchoo. In the
first story, there has been an earthquake that has caused a crack
that is leaking oil on the ocean floor, and Bob has to have the
courage to resolve it. The next one involves a beached whale that is
saved thanks to the creativity of many working together while the
third one leaves Bob in charge and making decisions. The fourth tale
is about dolphins trapped and sharks aiding Bob in a quick action to
rescue them. The final story is about the boy learning about
leadership when hiring Molly to help him with his work
This is a fun book that can be read in one sitting or as five nightly bedtime stories. I like how the author rhymed the storyline to flow effortlessly. By promoting achievement, also taught is asking for advice from those that are wise, working as a team, building confidence, friendship, and trusting others.
Beginner readers may struggle with some of the three-syllable words. Others may not like the rhyming sequencing, but I found it easy to read. Some may think the one or two of the tales had no excitement like the others.
The founder of Children’s Success Unlimited, Brooks Olbrys is also an investment bank managing director. Inspired by his young son, he wrote this series to share achievement principles with children. Illustrator Keele has been featured in picture books, magazines, and board and video games, using many artistic mediums.
With reading only this one, I wish I had read the other two books in the series.
If you are looking for an engaging children’s book series that not only is about the ocean, animals, and sea creatures but about achieving goals, this is third in an educational series.
Thanks to Bookpleasures, Bostick Communications, and the author for this book to read and review.