Synopses & Reviews
Basher: Go! Go! Bobo Shapes created and illustrated by Simon Basher: Bobo is off again in this exploration of shapes. Young readers can use their fingers to trace each embossed outline as they follow Bobo on his bouncy adventure through a range of familiar shapes. The book's simple bright design and energetic progression is sure to make Bobo a toddler favorite.
"Basher brings his distinctive line of informational books to an even younger audience with the introduction of BoBo, a marshmallow-headed little guy with an urge to bounce (a bandage on his forehead suggests a propensity for accidents). In this outing, glossy shapes appear at left, while BoBo bounces past them and into scenes in which they are featured (he splashes out of a pool of water containing boats with triangular sails, careens between rectangular flat-screen TVs, and launches himself into a clump of heart-shaped balloons). It's a vibrant and playful primer on the topic. Available simultaneously: Colors. Up to age 4. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Both simple and charming, the high-contrast, boldly colored graphics make for delicious morsels of toddler eye candy.
School Library Journal
These sturdy board books with rounded corners are solid choices.
The glossy, dramatic artwork and the sturdy pages are a perfect combination for introducing BoBo and shapes to pre-school children.
The Go! Go! Bobo board books are bright delights, filled with pictures of a bouncy baby zipping through the air amid a whole series of shapes or colors. Basher manages to make the simple books extra-attractive in several ways. In Shapes, for example, he shows a basic square and then has Bobo bounce through wrapped square packages in front of which square dice are visible. A circle leads to a bounce through buttons and oranges; a heart, to heart-shaped balloons and strawberries; and so on.
In Shapes, watch the lovable (but accident-prone!) Bobo bounce through bright, bold scenes,
meeting round buttons, square presents and triangular trees on his way. The outline of each
two-dimensional shape is embossed, allowing children to trace and learn the shape. Further
titles in the series include Numbers, Colours and Opposites.
About the Author
Simon Basher is the creator/illustrator of the best-selling informational book series that include The Periodic Table, Biology, and Astronomy. His illustration stye is described as a synergy of European graphic design and Japanese Manga character creation.