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Bobby Bramble Loses His Brain Hardcover – May 18, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: AWARDS: Black-Eyed Susan Book Awards - Picture Books 2011
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; First Edition edition (May 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547056443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547056449
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,431,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

It’s not every day you read a book that climaxes with a boy riding his own brain down the road like a bucking bronco. But such freakiness is exactly what makes Keane’s take on the importance of using your noggin so refreshing. “Bobby Bramble had ants in his pants, a thirst for adventure, and energy to spare,” writes Keane, and Clark backs him up with exaggerated perspectives of Bobby cavorting across rooftops without a care in the world. Until he falls and knocks off the top of his head, that is, instigating a townwide hunt for the runaway brain. Grandfather puts out math flash cards to trap the brain, and Dad promises $20 for its capture, but it is Bobby’s zomboid body that sniffs out the missing organ and brings it back home. Keane’s mischievous mind comes out through his demented asides and his message is nicely subtle: you really need your brain if you want to keep your body safe. Grades 1-3. --Daniel Kraus

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“All jug ears and gangly, flung-out limbs, Bobby makes a suitably daffy center for Clark’s comic cartoons, and so high is the escapade’s visual energy that some of the pop-eyed figures spill past the page edges. Letting no opportunity for a double entendre go by. . . Keane keeps the pacing as quick as the wit. Truly, a no-brainer.”—Kirkus Reviews


“It’s not every day you read a book that climaxes with a boy riding his own brain down the road like a bucking bronco. But such freakiness is exactly what makes Keane’s take on the importance of using your noggin so refreshing.”—Booklist


“Cracking one's head open (and seeing braaains) is a favorite preoccupation of many youngsters, and this gently tweaks that obsession even as it gigglingly explores the broken-headed possibilities, making losing one's mind into an entertaining pastime indeed.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

More About the Author

After spending so much time reading books to my kids, I decided I'd try my hand at children's books. It's been a blast. I've visited schools all over the country. I've talked to thousands of kids about writing, illustrating, and using your imagination. And I've received tons of incredible letters and emails from parents and kids from just about everywhere.

Learn more by visiting my website at www.mrdavekeane.com. Or "like" me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mrdavekeane. Or, follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mrdavekeane. You can also check out my blog at www.davekeane.blogspot.com.

Happy Reading!

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They love the cadence.
Jack the Gribble
Much to everyone's surprise, Bobby's brain makes a bid for freedom and runs off like it has "a mind of its own."
Great Kid Books
I highly recommend this book to kids of all ages.
plmom

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack the Gribble on March 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This whacky little book has my kids completely absorbed. They want me to read it to them over and over again. They love the cadence. They love the graphics. And they actually absorbed the message. My son demands to wear a helmet because he "Doesn't want to lose his brain like Bobby Bramble." This is an instant classic. We give it as a gift at birthday parties and we've heard from other parents that their kids have been similarly affected. Way to go Dave Keane!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Great Kid Books on September 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Bobby Bramble is a little boy who can't sit still - he has "ants in his pants, a thirst for adventure, and energy to spare." Do you know any kids like that? I certainly do. This is a silly, zany romp that will make you and your favorite wiggle-worm giggle together.

"Bobby Bramble liked to climb, somersault, jump, bounce, slide, swing, sprint, flip, hang upside down, and generally give gravity a run for its money." Bobby's parents worry that he will crack his head open and, of course, one day he does just that. Much to everyone's surprise, Bobby's brain makes a bid for freedom and runs off like it has "a mind of its own." What follows is the madcap pursuit and recapture of Bobby's brain.

David Clark's cartoon illustrations take the zany wordplay up and over the top, producing giggles in little kids as they spy Bobby's brain peaking out from under the manhole cover or zooming in front of the fire truck. Adults and older children will enjoy Dave Keane's clever word play: Bobby's family was worried that Bobby "would spend the rest of his days doing handstands and back flips without a thought in his head." The climax is a "classic battle of brain versus brawn" as Bobby rides his brain "like a seasoned rodeo cowboy."

Share this with your favorite kid who likes to climb the highest fence or tree around. It will make you both laugh and remind you how important it is to take care of your noggin! Even kids who have trouble sitting still for story time will enjoy the fast pace and comic illustrations in this picture book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda J. Henning on July 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book had me in stitches! The art was amazing, and there were lots of subtle jokes and puns ("You need your brain, you aren't that pretty!). Great kids book, completely silly and wonderful.
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This was a delightful twist on a classic saying. My daughters loved helping the town find Bobby's brain as it ran all over. The illustrations were inventive and the story entertaining. Well done! -Daddy's Girls Book Reviews.
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