The First Pup

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


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.

About the Author
Bob Staake has written and/or illustrated more than sixty books, including The Red Lemon, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. He has been a cover artist for The New Yorker since 2006, and his November 17, 2008, Barack Obama victory cover was named the Best Magazine Cover of the Year by Time magazine. He lives on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts

Praise For The First Pup

“Delightfully illustrated.” –

“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