Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal. Unpaged picture book. Atheneum Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster, January 25, 2011.
Here's another tale of a missing comfort object, this time featuring a boy named Willy who awakens to discover that Bobo is no longer in bed with him. He hasn't mislaid Bobo. Bobo was stolen. By Earl the cat. Bobo is real important to Willy. He helps him walk by the big, scary dog, deal with bitey-bugs, and encourages him to slide down the scary slide.
Willy is very upset with Earl when he discovers that he stole Bobo. Once Willy is distracted, Earl sees his opportunity and absconds with Bobo yet again. The cartoon-ish drawings depict the life of a pre-schooler with all its energy and messiness. Earl's rather blank expression as he stalks Bobo is hysterical.
This was purely an impulse purchase. There's not much use for this one in the middle school library, except to pair it with the Knufflebunny trilogy as a writing prompt. Remember: one is never too old for picture books.