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Bubba and Beau Meet the Relatives Hardcover – April 1, 2004

4.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Bubba and Beau Series

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-Bubba and Beau return for more hilarious adventures. In this installment, the relatives are coming to see the baby, the dog, Mama Pearl, and Big Bubba at their home in the country. Mama hands out orders and soon toys are swept under beds, the pup's bones are put away, and scrumptious treats are prepared. Bubba and Beau are gussied up in fancy new duds to meet Grandaddy Bubba, Grandma Ruby, Aunt Sapphire, and Cousin Arlene and her little dog, Bitsy. After the babies are hugged and passed around, they crawl to Bubba's favorite place-the mud hole-where they get good and filthy. There is only one thing to do-fill up the bed of the pickup truck, don swimsuits, and have a relaxing family soak. With interjections such as "Sister, that mud hole was better than pickled eggs," Appelt's folksy narrative dances through the five short chapters, and careful pacing and dialogue add to the fun. Howard's illustrations extend the jokes; readers will laugh out loud at Mama Pearl as she hides clutter in closets and at the hilarious depiction of Cousin Arlene and her "froufrou city" Pekingese. Comparisons to Cynthia Rylant's The Relatives Came (S & S, 1985) are obvious, but this book more than holds its own.
Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI
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PreS-Gr. 2. Mama Pearl and Big Bubba are busy cleaning and cooking before the arrival of relatives, so baby Bubba and his dog, Beau, squish and squash in the nearest mud hole until they are discovered. Consternation! Bath! Scratchy sailor suit! The relatives arrive, including gussied-up baby Arlene. After the babies have been admired and photographed, they quietly crawl away--to enjoy the mud hole. The story doesn't end there; it just gets better until the relatives' truck pulls away to the sound of "Y'all come back now, ya hear?" With the down-home southern vernacular, the cowboy boots and hats, and the Lone Star decorations on Big Bubba's truck, the setting is surely Texas, but the audience for this amusing picture book extends far beyond state lines. Divided into five short chapters, the flavorful text begs to be read aloud. With equal parts warmth and creativity, Howard brings the story to life with his witty pencil drawings, brightened with colorful washes. Varying composition and page design, he creates a series of scenes portraying the characters in a comical yet affectionate light. The third book in the Bubba and Beau saga. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: 500L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bubba And Beau
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1 edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152166300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152166304
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,233,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Posey on April 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
We started by checking out the Bubba and Beau books from the library, but quickly found we read them every day and the books were due back. So, we bought the books, and (as Appelt would put it) honey, it was better than pickled eggs! Meet the Relatives has to be my personal favorite of the 3. Can't help but read it with a slight twang. We enjoy it so much, we're sending the books to cousins to enjoy...
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Format: Hardcover
If your kids adore babies and puppies, then they're gonna be bowled over by Kathi Appelt's Bubba and Beau series. Heck, even if they don't, this pair is mighty hard to resist. Plus, new to this book is a sweet baby girl cousin and her frou-frou doggie. No matter how different they may look from Bubba and Beau, the mud hole serves as the great family equalizer.

This adorable southern foursome literally charms the pants off the relatives. Who knew a pick-up truck could make such a cool backyard pool?

Appelt's language is so fun to read, you'll be sounding like a native Texan in no time. And Howard's charming pencil and watercolor illustrations make you wanna pinch Bubba's cheeks until they fall off. Yesiree, he's one fine little Bubba.

This is a quick, fun read and I suggest picking up the entire Bubba and Beau series. I wish Appelt would write more!
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Format: Paperback
I love the original Bubba and Beau book .. mostly for it's goofy southern twang. Often the follow on books try to hard to maintain the same feel but only ended up a bad imitation of the first. That is NOT the case here. This book maintains the same tongue in cheek humor and makes the kids giggle. Both my 4 and 2 year old daughters like this book and the funny drawings that accompany the story!
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Format: Hardcover
My two toddler sons and I love these delightful little books full of warm family moments and quirky humor that both children and adults can appreciate. I particularly love the easy style of the illustrations that capture so completely the essence of baby/puppyhood! We hope this writer and illustrator team will create more "Bubba and Beau" books.
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Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old absolutely loves this book. She's crazy about both babies and dogs, and Bubba and Beau Meet the Relatives even introduces an adorable baby GIRL to the readers. Not quite as good as Bubba and Beau, Best Friends, but still a cute book.
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