I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
An earthquake has set off an oil spill on the ocean floor, and Blue Ocean Bob faces his toughest challenge yet. After seeking advice from the local sage, Doc the turtle, Bob musters the courage to dive down and repair the damage alongside his mentor, Mary Marine. Upon their return, Wallace the walrus alerts Bob that a great white shark has been beached. Calling on his island friends, Bob devises a creative plan to set the shark free.
But when Mary is called away to a distant island, Bob has to put his fears (and those of his hummingbird guardian, Xena) aside and step into his mentor’s shoes. Some unlikely allies help Bob in his new role, but he soon realizes that he needs even more help. Thanks to a tip from his trusted friend, Earl the clam, Bob finds the perfect candidate in a young girl he meets on the shore.
With likable characters and rhyming lines, Blue Ocean Bob: Into the Lead grabs the interest of young readers from the beginning pages and will certainly keep it until the end of the book.
This is written for beginning readers and is an introduction to chapter books. Each chapter has a small story about Blue Ocean Bob and his adventures while it continues on with his life like a chapter book would. The pictures are wonderful and match the words perfectly.
The teachable lessons present are the constant reminders to not ever give into fear and to constantly do your best in whatever task you are given. Using creativity to think outside the box in order to accomplish things, is also encouraged as well as demonstrated. There are a decent amount of vocabulary words used as well.
I give Blue Ocean Bob: Into the Lead 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to children under 10; either for beginning readers to read on their own or for parents to read aloud to the kids while they look at the pretty pictures:)