Friday, 7 January 2011

The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob by Brooks Olbrys

Title: The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob: Blue Ocean Bob Discovers His Purpose
Author: Brooks Olbrys
Publisher: Childrens Success Unlimted LLC
Published: Nov 2010
ISBN: 978-0982961308
Author's Website:

Rating: 4/5

The cover on this is very colourful and eye catching, whilst giving a sense of calm also.  The font the book uses is fairly big, so it makes a change.  Bob doesn't know how to be content, and wants more from life, so with the aid of his friend, Xena, a gorgeously coloured hummingbird, he embarks on a journey of self discovery.

The motto on the back of the book is 'Think it. See it. Believe it.  Achieve it.' This statement is echoed within the pages, as Bob searches to find more meaning in his life.  Whilst this may sound a difficult concept to put forward to children, Brooks Olbrys has done a great job in making this child friendly.  The book is a rhyming one, which is a big favourite in our household, and this one proved no different.  The illustrations are beautifully done, inviting the reader to come on a voyage of discovery with Bob, as he visits the dolphins, and Doc, the elderly turtle to discover what it is he truly desires.

My favourite quote within the pages is:
'Decide what you love, what excites and inspires - 
then make that your purpose and watch what transpires.'

The favourite illustration in the book for our young reviewers was one in which Doc the turtle sits at his desk, giving wisdom on problems, whilst Bob waits his turn.  Doc is also their favourite character, bringing in wisdom and insight for Bob.

I look forward to reading more from this author.  This is the first book I've come across which imparts a sense of positive thinking and gives life lessons for children, I hope there's many more to come (NB, currently not available on Amazon UK).

Book Synopsis:
'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.'

Source: Received by author in exchange for an honest review

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