Review and Giveaway: The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob – A Journey Begins by Brooks Olbrys and Kevin Keele (Illustrations)


The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob by Brooks Olbrys and Kevin Keele

Hardcover: 56 pages
Publisher: Children’s Success Unlimited (February 26, 2013)
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Despite his idyllic
island life, young Bob yearns for a greater sense of fulfillment. With
his guardian, Xena the hummingbird, at his side, Bob sets out to seek
guidance from the wise and happy creatures of the sea.

From the
joyful secrets of Al the dolphin to the insightful advice of Doc the
turtle, Earl the clam and Wallace the walrus, Bob uncovers great
wisdom.  But to complete his journey, he’ll need to overcome his fears –
and Xena’s doubts – and prove himself to Mary Marine, the Island of
Roses’s leading marine biologist.

For readers 6 to 8, The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob: A Journey Begins
is the first episode of a colorful, early chapter book series that
provides children with an invaluable introduction to timeless principles
of achievement.

About the Author:

As a lifelong student of achievement philosophies, Brooks Olbrys was
inspired by his young son to make these philosophies accessible to
children. With encouragement from best-selling author and personal
development coach Bob Proctor, Brooks created the children’s book
series, The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob.

A graduate of Stanford University, the Fletcher School of Law and
Diplomacy at Tufts, and the University of California at Berkeley School
of Law, Brooks is the founder of Children’s Success Unlimited and a
managing director at investment bank Ion Partners. He lives with his
wife and son in New York City and greatly enjoys escapes to the North
and South American coastlines.

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About the Artist:

From a young age, Kevin Keele has enjoyed creating artwork in many
forms: drawing, oil painting, digital painting, even stained glass. His
work has been featured in numerous picture books, magazines, board
games, and video games. Though he lives far from any coastlines, he has
always been fascinated by the ocean and enjoys illustrating its various

Kevin is currently an artist for Disney Interactive Studios. He lives
in Utah with his wife and two sons. They’re the caretakers of one
grouchy cat, three chickens, and thousands of Italian honeybees.

My Thoughts:

I really like the illustrations in this book. It is an early chapter book with gorgeous color artwork on every page. The text is written in rhyming prose which is
easy to read.

I enjoyed the message behind this story, but I wish that it
hadn’t been so straight forward. It almost came off a little bit preachy.  The advice given to Bob is very abstract rather than concrete. I wonder if children will understand what it’s talking about. That being said, I really enjoyed
the book and I thought it was well done.


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    April 17, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks so much for linking this post into the Kid Lit Blog Hop! I loved reading about why the author wrote the story. See you around the Hop!

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    Heidi Grange
    April 17, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    What a beautiful cover! Thanks for highlighting it.

    Geo Librarian
    Kid Lit Blog Hop

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    April 17, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Looks like a great adventure story! Thanks for sharing!

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    Renee C.
    April 18, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Xena, the hummingbird! I just don't picture a bird when I think of Xena! lol Can't enter because I'm in Canada, but happy to tweet. 🙂

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