From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3–Bobby Booby's "heavenly blue feet" attract the concert hall director's initial attention, but it is the bird's dance moves that convince the man to hire him immediately. Fame quickly follows. Reporters and autograph seekers swarm around the performer. Soon, however, the novelty fades. Desperate to hold his audience's attention, Bobby tries wearing socks with various patterns. Only a small duck's adoration and astute fashion sense rekindles public interest in Bobby's act after heavenly blue footwear becomes a sensation. Ratto's lovely illustrations capture the highs and lows of Bobby's career. The only jarring note is the mismatch between the "brown duck" mentioned in the text and the yellow duck of the illustrations. Older children or adults might contemplate the fleeting nature of fame after following Bobby's story, but Hächler never turns didactic. Although not an essential purchase, the book provides a mildly humorous diversion with an unusual animal in the starring role.–Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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