The First Pup
The Real Story of How Bo Got to the White House
By Bob Staake
(Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, 9780312613464, 40pp.)
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
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Once upon a time, a man named Barack Obama ran for president of the United States and he won! On the night of his victory, he made a very important announcement: When he and his family were settled in their new home in Washington, D.C., his daughters would get . . . A PUPPY! On a farm in Texas, a puppy had been born. One of ten brothers and sisters, this puppy was lively and smart, but he needed a new home. From a Texas farm to the White House, this is the real story of Bo—the First Pup!
The First Pup is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
BOB STAAKE is a freelance illustrator who has worked on everything from greeting cards to magazine covers, most notably Reflections, one of the most popular covers in the New Yorker’s history. He has also written and illustrated over 20 children’s books, including This Is Not a Pumpkin and The Red Lemon.
“Delightfully illustrated.” –Travelforkids.com
“Staake writes energetically and illustrates exuberantly. His stylized drawings play with proportion, resulting in a pleasing retro perspective.” –The Cleveland Plain-Dealer
“In whimsical, antic illustrations, Staake shows us a busy White House filled with TV cameras, Secret Service and housekeeping staff…But what makes it all work is the wonderful energy of Staake's cartoon-like art and zippy text.” –San Francisco Chronicle
“Staake's (Pets Go Pop!) welcome addition to the cache of Bo books offers an enthusiastic look at how the Portuguese water dog came to live at the White House . . . . The canine's festive, red carpet arrival by limousine (complete with a sextet of buglers, a chef with a bone on a tray, and plenty of attentive Secret Service agents) is but one of the visual highlights in this exuberant tale.” –Publishers Weekly
“Staake chronicles President Obama’s 2008 victory speech and the ensuing media blitz surrounding the new puppy promised that night to his daughters . . . . one of the best versions of the tale so far.”
–School Library Journal
"The spring of 2009 saw a host of First Dog books; this more mature work should win the vote." -Kirkus Reviews