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Uncle Bobby's Wedding

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  264 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
Bobby and Jamie are getting married, but Bobby's niece Chloe is worried that she won't be his favorite person anymore. Will Uncle Bobby still think she is special? Sarah Brannen's warm story is set in an alternative family as Uncle Bobby marries his boyfriend. Uncle Bobby's Wedding embraces Bobby's relationship with Jamie, but keeps its focus where it truly belongs: on an ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 27th 2008 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Apr 26, 2008 Megan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer, children
Gay guinea pigs! In vests!
Maggie Burgess
Nov 16, 2013 Maggie Burgess rated it really liked it
Here's what I love about this book: Uncle Bobby is marrying a boy, but "gay marriage" is not brought up once. There are no questions of, can Uncle Bobby marry a boy? Why do two boys want to get married? Etc. No bullying, no questions. That has nothing to do with the plot of the book, other than the fact that there is going to a be a wedding, and it's Uncle Bobby's wedding.

It's a sweet story I think kids will be able to relate to. I remember when I was in elementary school, a close family friend
Melissa Stewart
Oct 31, 2010 Melissa Stewart rated it it was amazing
This is a charming story about a young girl, er, guinea pig who becomes concerned when she discovers that her beloved uncle is getting married. Will he still spend time with her? Luckily, Uncle Bobby isn't about to forget his favorite niece.

How could this kind of storyline concern some folks? Well, it seems Uncle Bobby is marring another male guinea pig. What is so wonderful--and controversial to some--about this story is that the same-sex marriage seems matter of fact. I look forward to the da
May 31, 2009 Danielle rated it really liked it
I liked this book specifically because gay marriage was not the central issue. This is a story about Chloe and her Uncle Bobby who happens to be gay. I think it's important for children to see that gay people are just like any other people. Not every book has to be about how gay people are different, or explain the difficulties of being gay. There are plenty of books like that; this one offers something else.
PictureBooks Review
Oct 26, 2015 PictureBooks Review rated it it was amazing
Such a simple tale, told gracefully with warmth and humor, it is perhaps shocking that it remains such a controversial book.

"Bobby was Chloe's favorite uncle. They went for long walks together," Brannen writes, and there they go, the two guinea pigs, hand in hand, strolling nonchalantly through the woods, through which shafts of light pierce.

Later we see them rowing on a lake beneath the moonlit sky, and Uncle Bobby seems to be pointing out constellations to the young girl. They are truly the be
Ashley Ruman
Sep 02, 2014 Ashley Ruman rated it it was amazing
Uncle Bobbie's Wedding is about two male mice named Bobby and Jamie, and Bobbie's niece, Chloe who does not approve of her uncle's marriage to Jamie. I think this book would be really good for students who come from non-traditional families to read. Whether the child is raised by his/her grandparents, has a single parent, or has parents of the same sex, the student would be able to relate to the character. Although Chloe, the main character whose Uncle Bobbie is marrying someone of the same sex, ...more
Apr 10, 2014 Eden rated it it was amazing
Chloe loves her uncle Bobby, he is her favorite and they always have fun together. But when Chloe finds out that her uncle is getting married she is upset. She is worried that her uncle will no longer have time for her.

But uncle Bobby reassures Chloe that will still have fun together.

I don't think a picture book has ever brought tears to my eyes before. It is such a sweet story about the bond between a young girl and her uncle and her worrying that they won't spend time together anymore.

Feb 24, 2009 Greg rated it did not like it
Shelves: other-dis
Uncle Bobby's Wedding tells the sweet story of Chloe, a young guinea pig who worries that Uncle Bobby won’t keep having fun with her after he marries his boyfriend Jamie. Uncle Bobby explains that their special times together will not end; Chloe will not be losing an uncle, but gaining one. The book ends at the wedding, with Chloe as the enthusiastic flower girl. Though this book has a total feel good message and focuses on the truth behind a homosexual relationship, two people who just love eac ...more
Jan 07, 2012 babyhippoface rated it it was ok
A little girl (guinea pig? hamster? I honestly don't know, but I think they're guinea pigs) is upset because her favorite Uncle, Bobby, is getting married, and she's afraid he won't have time for her anymore. Turns out, Uncle Bobby is marrying Jamie, who is also male, so she's not losing an uncle, she's gaining another uncle.

I noticed the "Family Matters" shelf in the children's section of my local library. It had a few books on same-sex marriage, so I read 'em. I wasn't impressed with any of t
Oct 08, 2008 Josh rated it it was amazing
How appropriate that I discovered this book as California is heading to the polls to vote on whether or not to ban gay marriage. All those opposed to equality should be forced to read this children's book. Instead of being solely about finding out a relative is gay, this book is about feeling left out or behind. Chloe finds out her favorite uncle is getting married. She feels that she will no longer be a part of her uncle's life. Chloe talks with her uncle and is brought into his and his partner ...more
Mckenzie Quade
I will introduce diversity in my future classroom, not only in racism, but in homosexuality as well. In the generations coming up, we will see many students in our classrooms who have gay or lesbian parents. It is going to become so common so I believe children should have a correct understanding of it instead of the stereotypical understanding. Introducing it into the classroom using children's books is a great way to gradually introduce it slowly. I was a big fan of this book because it told ...more
Amy Adams
Aug 26, 2014 Amy Adams rated it it was amazing
Chloe is afraid of losing Uncle Bobby when he gets married to Jamie, but after spending some time with both of them, she realizes that maybe two uncles are better than one!
There are few children's picture books out there that positively depict homosexual role models and family members. This is a super cute one, and I think it's great for any library. Told through a family of guinea pigs, this story teaches kids that a new person coming around doesn't mean that they're going to lose someone they
Jun 29, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
“Uncle Bobby’s Wedding,” by Sarah S Brannen, focuses on a young female hamster named Chloe, who has a favorite uncle that is getting married named Bonny. She is afraid that her Uncle Bobby will no longer hang out with her anymore due to his impending marriage to Jamie. Chloe is upset by this news, and feels as if she is being abandoned by one of her role models. Ultimately, Chloe is introduced to Bobby’s fiancé, and comes to the conclusion that two uncles are better than one. Through the utiliza ...more
Emone Grant
Mar 08, 2015 Emone Grant rated it liked it
Bobby has a niece Chloe who he does everything with. He takes her to the park, father daughter dances and to the movies. One day Bobby tells Chloe a secret that he thinks will alter their relationship. He tells her that he is getting married to a man named Jamie. Chloe doesn't enjoy the thought of her uncle being married because she thinks his new husband will come into the picture and she won't be as special anymore. Uncle Bobby ensures Chloe that nothing or no one will come in between the bond ...more
Oct 08, 2015 Cara rated it really liked it
I read this book as my first commonly challenged picture book. This picture book is appropriately dedicated by the author, "To my family and to all people who love each other." This book tells the story of Chole, a young girl hamster, who has a strong relationship with her Uncle Bobby. When she learns that her Uncle Bobby is getting married she is worried that their relationship will change and that they won't get to keep having fun together like they always have. Uncle Bobby is marrying his boy ...more
Caitlin E
Oct 12, 2015 Caitlin E rated it liked it
This is a banned-book week picture book.

Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen is the story of a Chloe and her Uncle Bobby, who is soon to be married to Jamie. Chloe is initially a bit jealous and anxious that Bobby is getting married, but comes to love both her uncles and their time together.

I think the story depicted in this book is nice. It's very true that there are little girls out there who loves their uncles and might just get jealous if another someone special comes into their lives.
Mar 27, 2010 Crystal rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book
Mixed feelings here. I found the storyline to be a little bit of a rip off of another book published earlier Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding. It is also a bit strange to see the whole story be about guinea pigs. Why not real people? I am happy to see diversity, but it is not my favorite. Much preferred In Our Mothers'House.
Apr 18, 2008 Rita rated it really liked it
Shelves: controversial
Chloe is having a hard time with her favorite uncle's upcoming marriage. Her Uncle Bobby and soon to be Uncle Jamie show her how much they both love her and how much fun they will have together. The author does a fantastic job in telling this valuable story.

Destinee Sutton
Feb 17, 2009 Destinee Sutton rated it liked it
Recommended to Destinee by: Rainbow List
Shelves: picture-books, lgbtq
This book is remarkable for including a gay wedding, but not really being about a gay wedding. It's mostly about a little girl who's worried that her favorite uncle won't have time for her after he gets married.
Apr 29, 2008 Dawn rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Chloe's favorite uncle, Bobby, is going to get married to Jamie, and Chloe worries Bobby won't have time for her anymore. A good book for someone interested in a picture book about a same sex marriage.
Sep 22, 2014 Meg rated it liked it
Shelves: children
This book is everything a children's book about "controversial" topics should be: safe for children, relevant, and tastefully handled. This book is about a little guinea pig whose uncle gets married, and it handles the wedding in ways that are understandable and relatable for children-- worries about not being as important anymore, concerns about fitting in with the new spouse, etc. An important read for children today, who should be exposed to these topics in safe ways that are ready for furthe ...more
Feb 24, 2009 Rian rated it it was ok
Summary: Chloe has a special relationship with her Uncle Bobby, and she worries that will change when he gets married.

Response: I found this book on The Rainbow List - had I not, I my have dismissed it as an "authentic" and respectful book about two gay men. It is the first book in this course where I have read an animal story, since I had been trying to avoid cute animal versions of other people's cultures. This book, however, shows darling guinea pigs doing people things; in fact, Bobby's "fri
Apr 29, 2012 Ezekiel rated it really liked it
A story of a young guinea pig (I think?) whose favorite uncle is getting married. Chloe is upset because she worries that her special relationship with Bobby will be gone when he's married and says "but you have me." Bobby and Jamie work together to help Chloe know that when they're married she'll still be special to them and will now have *two* special uncles. It was really very sweet. I did find it confusing/weird that all the male guinea pigs were black and white (or grey), and all the female ...more
Chris Jones
Oct 18, 2013 Chris Jones rated it really liked it
Uncle Bobby's Wedding is an adorable tale about a young female hamster named Chloe, who has a favorite uncle named Bobby. They always hang out together and go on long walks through parks or ride in boats along the river. Sadly, Chloe gets upset when she finds out that her uncle is getting married and she feels as if she will be abandoned. Once Bobby introduces Chloe to his fiance, she learns that two uncles are better than one. I absolutely adore this book, it is cute, fun, and the illustrations ...more
Oct 30, 2012 Karina rated it really liked it
“Uncle Bobby’s Wedding” is a cartoon narrative about a child learning to accept her uncle’s new partner before the wedding. Chloe, the niece, had always been so attached to her Uncle Bobby because they did everything together. She learns about her uncle getting married to Jamie and goes on to think that her own uncle won’t like her anymore. Throughout the story she gets to know her new Uncle Jamie by spending time with him and sharing similar hobbies and interests. Chloe comes to understand that ...more
May 12, 2015 Jessi rated it really liked it
Yes, this is a book about a same-sex guinea pig wedding. But the book's focus is actually on the relationship between the main character, the titular Uncle Bobby's niece, and her favorite uncle. She's worried that they won't be as close when he gets married, won't get to spend time together, or have any fun. But little Chloe learns that she's not *losing* an Uncle, she's *gaining* a new family member who will also love her, have fun with her, and spend time with her. And that's sweet.
Lin Lin
This book was shared by my colleague who collects stories with the theme of diversity, and LGBTQ in particular. Chloe is not happy about her Uncle Bobby getting married. She would think differently soon as she now has two uncles who love her and are friends with her.
sweet pea
Jul 07, 2008 sweet pea rated it it was ok
i feel like i should champion any kid's book about queer weddings, even queer guinea pig weddings. but, this treacly book doesn't have the edginess of king & king, nor the veracity of and tango makes three. plus, uncle bobby's partner is frequently wearing a lavender vest. lavender? it's already apparent that he's queer. don't have to beat us over the head with it. plus what girl knows how to tie a bow-tie? honestly. 1% of the male population know this secret. the author does get extra credi ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A sweet story about a little girl and her favorite Uncle who is about to marry his friend. She's worried that means she won't have him around anymore but eventually realizes that she will now have two favorite Uncles.
Mary Ann
Mar 03, 2012 Mary Ann rated it liked it
A sweet book with darling illustrations of anthropomorphic guinea pigs, where little Chloe learns to accept the fact that her favorite uncle, Uncle Bobby, is getting married. We meet Uncle Bobby's intended, Jamie, who Chloe comes to love like another uncle. Chloe is the flower girl at their eventual wedding, where "everyone danced until the moon rose." The homosexuality of the main character is completely not an issue in this tender book. Chloe's main concern is whether she will still get to spe ...more
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