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PPBF: Nicobobinus

Years ago, when my boys were just little guys, maybe about 8 and 6, I decided it would be fun to read them a children's novel. So we went off to the bookstore and they picked out Nicobobinus. We had a great time reading it together and everyone has very fond memories of the story.

But the other day I was surprised and delighted to find out that my oldest son liked it so much that he took it from our bookshelf and added it to his baby-to-be's bookshelf.  Mike and Raina have already started a book collection for their new baby, and Nicobobinus made the cut!!

Title: Nicobobinus
Author: Terry Jones
Illustrator: Michael Foreman
Publisher: Peter Bedrick Books (1986)
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Theme: Adventure, Fairytale, Dragons, Fantasy, Magic
Intended Audience: Ages 6 to 12

Synopsis (from Publishers Weekly): "Nicobobinus, a small boy in a Monty Pythonesque Venice, is capable of doing anything, or so his best friend Rosie thinks. Their adventures begin when Rosie decides to look for the Land of Dragons. Before they've even left Venice, Nico has had both feet and one hand turned into gold; then he is captured by pirates who want to cut off his golden limbs. Rosie rescues him, but more peculiar adventures are in store as the pirates turn out to be evil monks, and a mysterious ship takes them to the Sea of Mountains. Finally, in the City of Cries, Nico and Rosie discover the dragons that may hold the secret they seek."

Opening Lines: "This is the story of the most extraordinary child who ever stuck his tongue out at the Prime Minister. His name was Nicobobinus. He lived a long time ago, in a city called Venice, and he could do anything. 

"Of course, not everybody knew he could do anything. In fact, only his best friend, Rosie, knew he could, and nobody took any notice of anything Rosie said, because she was always having wild ideas anyway.

"One day, for example, Rosie said to Nicobobinus: 'Let's pull up every single weed on your doorstop.'"

Why I Like This Book: Because it's fun, fun, fun and I have great memories of my little boys being totally enthralled by it. It's goofy, unbelievable, preposterous, but also magical.  It moves along quickly, with one silly adventure after another, and my boys ate it up. They couldn't get enough! 

Look at the gorgeous illustrations!

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  1. What a wonderful gift to the next generation. And congratulations on your impeding grandma-ness!

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  2. what happens if your other son wants it for his child one day?? hahahahaha How exciting becoming a grandma/granny/nana... what are you going to be called?

    Sounds like a great book, but it doesn't look like it is available here. Shame, the boys in my class would love that book I think.

    1. Grandma probably:)

      That's too bad you don't have it.

  3. I am so happy you told me about this book. My son and I read My Father's Dragon and loved it. I will get this too. Thanks.

    First in Maine

  4. That sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the recommendation!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. You're welcome, Kimberley and Tammy!

  5. What a wonderful memory! Sounds like a fun story? When is the baby due?
     Chrissy

    First Grade Found Me

  6. Isn't that so cool that a memory you shared with your child is so strong that they want to pass that on to their own child!! Love that!
    Conversations in Literacy

  7. That is so sweet!


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