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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
BOB STAAKE is a freelance illustrator who has worked on everything from greeting cards to magazine covers, most notably Reflections, one of the most popular covers in the New Yorker’s history. He has also written and illustrated over 20 children’s books, including This Is Not a Pumpkin and The Red Lemon.
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