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Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda

by Margaret Atwood, Dusan Petricic (Illustrator)

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I overdosed on Atwood's adult books a few years ago, but I still love her children's books. Even translated, they are charming.

Read in German.
  MarthaJeanne | Feb 15, 2016 |
Abandoned by his bubble-headed mum and raised by a bunch of dogs, Bob is understandably bashful around humans. Deprived of her parents while still in diapers, Dorinda endures a dreadful existence with distant relatives. On a dark and drizzly December day, Dorinda and Bob meet on a vacant block bestrewn with bushes, buttercups, and benches. They become fast friends.

This is a very fun book to read because of Atwood's use of alliteration for her two characters, Bob and Dorinda. Illustrations by Dusan Petricic are very detailed and propel the story forward; also, Petricic's use of colours help to define whose story you're currently reading, Bob's in yellow or Dorinda's in purple, and when the stories finally combine. Because of the use phonics, I recommend this picture book for children learning letter sounds. ( )
  ashlynprill | Nov 6, 2010 |
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In this story told mainly with words that begin with the letters "b" and "d," Bashful Bob, abandoned and raised by dogs, meets Doleful Dorinda, who deals with dirty dishes, and the two become fast friends and eventually heroes.

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