Thursday, January 6, 2011

REVIEW - " The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob: Blue Ocean Bob Discovers His Purpose"

The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob (Vol. 1) - Blue Ocean Bob Discovers His PurposeThe Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob (Vol. 1) - Blue Ocean Bob Discovers His Purpose by Brooks Olbrys

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Despite his idyllic island life, young Bob yearns for a greater sense of purpose. Accompanied by his friend Xena, an overly cautious hummingbird, he sets out to ask the happy sea creatures to share their wisdom with him. His quest leads him first to Al, a playful and spirited dolphin, and then to the local sage, an old turtle named Doc, who finally helps Bob realize that by following his bliss, he will find true fulfillment. Thus begins Brooks Olbrys heart-warming and colorful new picture book series, The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob, inspired by the success philosophies of Bob Proctor, Napoleon Hill, Earl Nightingale and others. Readers will thrill to Bob s maritime adventures while learning valuable life lessons from this endearing new hero as he discovers his true purpose - to protect the sea, and all life within it.  description from Goodreads

Blue Ocean Bob lives on a tropical island. He is trying to find a purpose to his life. He talks to his sea friends and goes on a journey to seek council from an old turtle. The turtle tell him "Discover your passion, then simply jump in. Decide what you love, what excites and inspires - then make that your purpose and watch what transpires."

That is great advice for anyone, not just children. I like that it teaches children to find what they like and then go for it.  This book is well written and has a rhyme that is easy and fun for children.  The only thing that I had a little problem with, is that it ended abruptly.  My son said, "that's not the end," when we finished the book, because it didn't feel like a concise ending.  The only explanation for that could be that it is the first in a series of books.

Overall, "Blue Ocean Bob" receives a solid recommendation from me.  I received a copy to review from the author through  Bostic Communications.  I will donate my copy of the book to my sons second grade class, so that it can be enjoyed by many children.

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