Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob by Brooks Olbrys, illustrated by Kevin Keele

About Book

Despite his idyllic island life, young Bob yearns for a greater sense of fulfillment. With his guardian, Xena the hummingbird, at his side, Bob sets out to seek guidance from the wise and happy creatures of the sea. 

From the joyful secrets of Al the dolphin to the insightful advice of Doc the turtle, Earl the clam, and Wallace the walrus, Bob uncovers great wisdom. But to complete his journey, he’ll need to overcome his fears - and Xena’s doubts - and prove himself to Mary Marine, the Island of Roses’s leading marine biologist.

The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob: A Journey Begins is the first episode of a colorful, early chapter book series that provides children with an introduction to timeless principles of achievement derived from the teachings of Bob Proctor, Earl Nightingale, Napoleon Hill, Wallace D. Wattles, and others.

ISBN-13: 9780982961346

Publisher: Children's Success Unlimited

Publication date: 3/12/2013
Pages: 56
Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Where to buy: Amazon, Barnes&Noble

Author Brooks Olbrys

As a lifelong student of achievement philosophies, Brooks Olbrys was inspired by his young son to make these philosophies accessible to children. With encouragement from best-selling author and personal development coach Bob Proctor, Brooks created the children’s book series, The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob.
A graduate of Stanford University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, and the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, Brooks is the founder of Children’s Success Unlimited and a managing director at investment bank Ion Partners. He lives with his wife and son in New York City and greatly enjoys escapes to the North and South American coastlines.
 Illustrator Kevin Keele
From a young age, Kevin Keele has enjoyed creating artwork in many forms: drawing, oil painting, digital painting, even stained glass. His work has been featured in numerous picture books, magazines, board games, and video games. Though he lives far from any coastlines, he has always been fascinated by the ocean and enjoys illustrating its various creatures.
Kevin is currently an artist for Disney Interactive Studios. He lives in Utah with his wife and two sons. They’re the caretakers of one grouchy cat, three chickens, and thousands of Italian honeybees.
My Thoughts
As Bob walks along the beach with his guardian, Xena, a beautiful hummingbird, he contemplates the lack of purpose in his life.  What could he do to make his like more fulfilling?  Who could he ask for advice?  

First he asked Al, the dolphin and Al suggested he speak with with an elderly turtle whose name is Doc.  Doc is very wise, his advice to Bob was to visualize what he sees in his future and his interest.  As he contemplates Doc's advice, he goes in search of his purpose to care for all creature and life in the sea. 

Then he came upon a friendly looking clam named Earl. Earl sent him on an errand which Bob readily charted his course.  His errand brings him to Miss Mary Marine whose job is in marine science.  Just what Bob wants to do!  So after a nice visit with her Bob gets in his small boat to think of how he is to ask Mary to be his mentor and teach him what she had learned about marine science.  When he returned to speak with Mary, she thought this a wonderful idea but first his must pass a test.  

Now each time he set out to get advice from someone Xena would try to discourage him.  She had much fear and concern over Bob's change in his attitude and persistence.  Why would Xena discourage him?

Read Bob's story as he sails the Blue Ocean on a voyage to discover his purpose, vision and goals along with the right attitude and persistence to succeed..

The author maps out a course for our children to envision their purpose and to set goals for their future.  To have the attitude that they can succeed as long a they are persistent. Try and try again!  If all else fails try harder!  Kudos to this author for giving our children this insight to discovering their own visions.

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Author/Bostick Communication for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.

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  1. A great premise, and the illustrations are beautiful. Perhaps Xena would parallel a parents perspective in the story. Well meaning, but not always encouraging if something may hurt Bob. Thanks for linking it in to the Kidlitbloghop , cheers Julie Grasso

  2. I agree with Julie - the illustrations look beautiful. I must admit thought that when I saw the name "Xena" - it did not conjure up images of a hummingbird! lol Thanks for sharing your post in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.


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