Watch the trailer for Bob Staake's new picture book, The First Pup.
“Delightfully illustrated.” –Travelforkids.com
“Staake writes energetically and illustrates exuberantly. His stylized drawings play with proportion, resulting in a pleasing retro perspective.” –The Cleveland Plain-Dealer
“In whimsical, antic illustrations, Staake shows us a busy White House filled with TV cameras, Secret Service and housekeeping staff…But what makes it all work is the wonderful energy of Staake's cartoon-like art and zippy text.” –San Francisco Chronicle
“Staake's (Pets Go Pop!) welcome addition to the cache of Bo books offers an enthusiastic look at how the Portuguese water dog came to live at the White House . . . . The canine's festive, red carpet arrival by limousine (complete with a sextet of buglers, a chef with a bone on a tray, and plenty of attentive Secret Service agents) is but one of the visual highlights in this exuberant tale.” –Publishers Weekly
“Staake chronicles President Obama’s 2008 victory speech and the ensuing media blitz surrounding the new puppy promised that night to his daughters . . . . one of the best versions of the tale so far.”
–School Library Journal
"The spring of 2009 saw a host of First Dog books; this more mature work should win the vote." -Kirkus Reviews