Bob Not Bob!

*to be read as though you have the worst cold ever


By Audrey Vernick

By Liz Garton Scanlon

Illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Cover design or artwork by Matthew Cordell

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From the Caldecott Award-winning and bestselling team of Audrey Vernick, Liz Garton Scanlon, and Matthew Cordell comes a hilarious sick-day read-aloud!

Little Louie is stuck in bed with a bad cold. His nose is clogged, his ears are crackling, and his brain feels full. All he wants is his mom to take care of him, but whenever he calls out for her, his stuffed-up nose makes it sound like he’s summoning slobbery dog Bob instead! This silly but sweet picture book will make kids laugh out loud as Louie tries to make himself understood. They won’t be able to help joining Louie in crying out, “Bob, not Bob!”


  • Praise for Bob, Not Bob!:Abilene ISD Mockingbird AwardA CCIRA Colorado Children's Book Award NomineeChicago Public Library Best of the Best Books for KidsA Flicker Tale Children's Book Award NomineeIllinois Monarch Award MasterlistA Junior Library Guild SelectionA Mitten Award Honor BookNYC Reads 365Redbud Read-Aloud Book award MasterlistA Show Me Readers Award NomineeVA Reads Master ListA Volunteer State Book Award Nominee
  • * "[A] perfect cheer-up for a kid tucked up with a cold."
    Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
  • * "Every page offers a giggle. . . . [T]his is read-aloud gold."
    Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • * "The co-authors' narrative is satisfying beyond the funny gimmick, [...] offering depth and heart in addition to the silly misunderstandings."
    Horn Book, starred review
  • "Scanlon and Vernick's text is sweet without treacle, and [...]Cordell's artwork is terrific."
    Kirkus Reviews

On Sale
Feb 14, 2017
Page Count
40 pages

Audrey Vernick

About the Author

Audrey Vernick is the author of over twenty books for young readers, including Unlike Other Monsters, Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?, First Grade Dropout, and Scarlet’s Tale, as well as Bob, Not Bob! and Dear Substitute, which she cowrote with Liz Garton Scanlon. She received a 2019 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. When she feels drippy and gross, she likes to snuggle with her dog, who is not named Bob. Audrey writes from her home near the ocean, and you can find her online at

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