Bobby is a naughty little boy. He does not answer when being called. Instead, Bobby uses his imagination to hide from his family and runs away to keep from being found. He imagines himself a lion, an astronaut, anything to keep from having to be “Bobby.”
My students enjoyed the repetition in the sibling calling “BOBBY!” and Bobby’s response “I’m NOT Bobby!” I did not feel it was a moral tale as the boy was not doing what he should but the students knew he was “gonna’ be in trouble” when he finally went home. Good story to teach use of imagination!
Overall; however, I did not care for the book because of Bobby’s disrespectful behavior. I know I am supposed to enjoy the imaginative behavior of the child but this made me uncomfortable because we have an issue in education today where students lack respect for each other and for adults. It is one of our biggest problems in education! I don’t want students thinking it is okay to behave this way. So, I use it as a “don’t do” book more than teaching imagination when it comes to my students. When we get past the respect issue and more on to use of imagination, I bring it back out!