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Bashful Bob And Doleful Dorinda

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  118 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Abandoned by his mum and raised by a bunch of dogs, Bob is bashful around humans. Deprived of her parents, Dorinda endures a dreadful existence with distant relatives. On a drizzly December day, Dorinda and Bob meet on a vacant block strewn with bushes, buttercups and benches.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published November 5th 2007 by Bloomsbury Publishing Inc (first published October 1st 2004)
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Jade Clark
This is a great book as it gives the opportunity for children to play with language and have fun with it. This is a great book to be read out loud to the class. Its use of regular alliteration means it’s quite a tongue-twister, which in turn makes it worthy of many laughs when the teacher is reading it out loud!

Here, Margaret Atwood has turned her attentions briefly to children’s fiction to write about two characters, bashful Bob and doleful Dorinda. Bob, who was abandoned as a baby outside a be
This book was confusing. Although the use of alliteration at times can be fun and engaging, it went too far, making the story difficult to read, detracting from the story. At times, they were clutching at words that fit the /b/ or /d/ theme, yet they didn't really add to the text. It is an interesting concept as many students mix up 'b' and 'd' sounds and letters when speaking and reading. Yet the language required to make this work means that it is a challenging text for young readers. I was di ...more
Ma Grendel
Margaret Atwood plays with alliteration in this children's story about a boy brought up by dogs and a girl sent to stay with her not so nurturing relatives.

Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda eventually meet to become two very good friends, who one day take matters into their own hands when a bison escapes from a botanical garden.

There were some absurd moments in the book, but this was very charming. I also liked the playfulness in the use of language in this story, and how it challenges kids with
In the hopes of writing my own children's books, I'm reading more and more picture books and junior fiction than before. While reading Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda -- a beautifully illustrated work -- I was struck by the vocabulary Atwood uses in such a juvenile book. As I read more on junior picture books, and the fact that they are meant to challenge the young reader's vocabulary, not merely entertain with illustrations, I think Atwood's book is the perfect salute to the young reader. The p ...more
In a tale told with non-stop alliteration, both baby Bob and darling Dorinda are orphaned and grow up in less-than-civilized circumstances: Bob is raised by a pack of dogs, and Dorinda is housed by rich but uncaring relatives. When Dorinda runs away, the two meet, become fast friends, and eventually save the town from a bewildered buffalo. The illustrations are nicely done in pen and ink. All of Bob’s pages are in dark yellows, Dorinda’s are in purple, and the appearance of the buffalo brings li ...more
Heather Acker
Margaret Atwood is such a gifted writer. This is the first of her children's books I've read and I loved it. The vocabulary is advanced, the story is charming, and the character development is deep despite it being only 32 pages. It was a delightful read.
Cynthia Egbert
Brilliant! Delightful. You simply must get your hands on this book and read it aloud to someone you love. And if you have a child who is having the familiar "b" vs "d" struggle, I am certain that this book can be a tool.
I received this adorable book as a gift (signed by Margaret Atwood!!), and love it. The illustrations are beautiful.
Gurushakti Noriega
The alliteration in this book is wonderful, and it has a sweet story of overcoming obstacles.
I wonder if this is a case of a powerful literature writer turning to children's writing and really, she ought not be there. Featuring a bashful baby, a doleful girl (complete with dreadful cruel relatives ala David Copperfield), a boxer, a beagle and a borzoi, and last but not least, a bewildered buffalo escaped from the local botanical garden, the story consists of literally cramming as many "b" and "d" words as one can into a story and still make coherent sense. Nevertheless,something in the ...more
Solid alliteration work plus a happy ending. A tricky yet pleasurable read.
Any book that teaches kids the word "bureaucrat" is OK by me.
This one really shows Atwood's eccentric creativity. I didn't care much for Atwood's "Oryx and Crake", but this kid's book was interesting and very creative. I would definitely suggest it for older kids though, as there is vocabulary that many adults probably don't know (or maybe that's the fun of it). Anyway, I was impressed by the creativeness of the writing, namely the use of whole pages full of "b" and "d" words, many of which I don't think got repeated. And the art was very eccentric too, ...more
Vicki Christensen
Very funny and clever!
Fabulous Fun.
Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite adult fiction writers, so I was excited to know she's written a few children's picture books as well. This one was lackluster, the alliteration it's only mildly engaging feature.
Firda Beka
Read it while procrastinating from having a shower. Ha! Fun play of words and interesting story. Won't make sense to adults but kids might like it.
Mandi Ellsworth
This book is full of delightful alliterations. It's fantastic to read aloud.
LOVED this one. the kids liked it to. I highly recommend it!
Alliteration but words may be too difficult for 5th graders
Tongue twister fun. Would be a funny read aloud.
very sweet story
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Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, childr
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