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blue ocean bob

a children's picture book

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"Discover your passion, and simply jump in."

  • Mar 3, 2011
The advice in my title is just one of many valuable life lessons that Bob learns from a wise old turtle named Doc.

The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob (Vol. 1) - Blue Ocean Bob Discovers His Purpose is about a young boy named Bob who has everything most kids dream of: an island home surrounded by the immense blue ocean, lush, tropical beaches and fascinating sea life. In the author's words:

"His island was lush and his life wasn't bad,
but he wasn't content with the things that he had."

So Bob sets out to sea to discover his life's purpose. He is accompanied by his best friend, a gorgeous fuschia-and-purple hummingbird named Zena. Zena proves to be Bob's voice of caution, even though he doesn't always listen to her.

Along the way Bob meets Al the Dolphin who gives him some sage advice and steers him to his teacher, Doc. This is the best thing that could have happened to Bob because he receives powerful advice from Doc who makes him realize his passion is the sea and he decides he wants to protect the sea and all life within it. Thus he becomes known as Blue Ocean Bob and finds his true purpose.

I not only admire this author, Brooks Olbrys, for bringing the concepts of his mentors to life in a way that children can understand, but also the illustrator, Aleksandra Beaucher, for the fantastic art that will set the imaginations of children and their parents afire. (Some of Olbrys's mentors are acclaimed success philosophers Bob Proctor, Napoleon Hill and Earl Nightingale.)

This is one of those rare books that is so well laid-out and charmingly illustrated that I was almost afraid to touch it. It's coffee-table sized, as some children's books are, so I can't imagine a child actually being able to handle it easily. But that might be the point: It's to be read to them...and then saved for when they grow big enough to handle it with care. (I recommend you buy two copies--one to save, treasure and pass down to future generations and another for the kids to "handle" in their own, more careless fashion.)

Kudos to author Olbrys, illustrator Beaucher and to Children's Success Unlimited for bringing it to our children. Very highly recommended. I can not wait to read it and others in the series to Devon...and perhaps to Melissa when Ashley brings her by to see her great-great Grammy. *Hint! *Hint! :-)

Endnote: The poetry in this book is excellent as to rhyme and readabiltiy in a sing-song fashion (by an adult), with one slight flaw that only another writer might notice: there are two lines that are really out of rhythm and slightly jarring. But since this would be a ten-star book if there were that many, that tiny NIT is actually nothing by comparison to the wonders of this book.

Recommended for kids up to fifteen.

Reviewed by Betty Dravis, February 14, 2011
Author of "Dream Reachers" (with Chase Von) and other books


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March 14, 2011
Sounds like a wonderful book to read to kids and I love fun poetic books that have a message. I'm the artsy fartsy aunt but, I do like to throw in a lesson here and there ;p Great review, Betty :)
March 14, 2011
That's why God made Aunties, DJ... :-) Thankx xo
March 03, 2011
Sounds absolutely delightful!
March 03, 2011
It is rather charming...and educational, but I adore the inside art. Thanks xo
March 05, 2011
I love books with beautiful artwork. :)
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BETTY DRAVIS was born in Hamilton, Ohio, one of seven children of John and Felda Barger. Her natural writing ability was nurtured by a “great Ohio school system, caring teachers, and a loving family.” … more
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