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Uncle Bobby's Wedding

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  175 ratings  ·  61 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 Putnam Juvenile
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Gay guinea pigs! In vests!
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
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...more
Melissa Stewart
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...more
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.

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.
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 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Destinee by: Rainbow List
Shelves: lgbtq, picture-books
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.
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.
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...more
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
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
“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
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
sweet pea
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
Mary Ann
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
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
Chloe loves her Uncle Bobby and they do many things together. One day she is told that her Uncle is going to get married, to Jamie. Chloe is upset to think that she could lose her special relationship with her Uncle Bobby. Eventually through shared times together and a reassurance that she will never lose her relationship with Uncle Bobby she accepts his choice to get married.
This story has been challenged because of the homosexuality of Uncle Bobby. However, this story doesn't focus on that pa...more
Ryan Dreier
Sarah S. Brannen is author and illustrator of this book.

To me, this book would be more controversial that And Tango Makes Three because, this book specifically deals with gay marriage, but somehow to me this book didn't come off as threatening to "traditional" values, it really felt more like a book where a new baby enters the family because the main perspective was that Chloe was concerned that Uncle Bobby wouldn't have time for her now that he was getting married. I don't feel that gay marriag...more
Maggie Burgess
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...more
A cute little story that, although labeled as a "gay" book, is about more than just that. It deals with an issue that a good number of children may have to deal with: their favorite/dearest adult figure is getting married and the child fears they will be left behind. Chloe loves her uncle Bobby. So, when Bobby announces he is getting married to Jamie, naturally, Chloe is worried. This is another very nice, heartwarming book for children. Sure, the two uncles are gay, but they just happen to be g...more
“Bobby was Chloë’s favorite uncle.” So when he announces that he’s getting married to his friend Jamie, Chloë fears that they won’t have fun together like they have in the past. But when she’s invited on outings with Bobby and Jamie, she’s reassured, and helps with the wedding plans.

Cute skillfully illustrations of the guinea pig characters add charm to this book about the relationship between a young girl and her uncle.
Griselda Mendez
Chloe loves her uncle bobby very much. They do everything together! Then something happens that turns her world upside down and makes her worry that she will never spend time with her uncle again. Uncle Bobby finds love in another guinea pig, Jaime. They both assure Chloe that instead of one uncle, she will now have two. Sarah S. Brannen manages to tell a very human story through animals, thus allowing a more subtle conversation of marriage equality and diverse families. The wonderful illustrati...more
Definitely not your everyday picture book! While the wedding in question is between two males (guinea pigs in this case) it is a sweet little story about a girl afraid of losing her relationship with her uncle. We have this in our parenting section, and i think that's a good place--very appropriate for those encountering a similar dilemma.

Whether the fact the marriage is between 2 males bothers you or not is up to you. There has already been an informal challenged on this book, if more follow y...more
Sam Bloom
Cute story about a little girl (okay, she's actually a hamster) who is sad that her Uncle Bobby is getting married; why does he have to get married when he already has her? The thing that sets this book apart from the many other children's books of similar plot is that Uncle Bobby is getting married to Jamie, another man (okay, fine... he's a hamster!!) The same-sex marriage is handled well and everyone is happy, which is actually appropriate for the target age. Still, this is not one I'll be us...more
Nov 09, 2011 Crista rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mc

This picture book, written for younger audience, expresses the concerns that most children have when someone gets married. Such as: “How do I fit in?” and “Will that person still have time for me?” Little Chloe is relieved to discover that not only is she gaining a wonderful Uncle Jaime, but she Uncle Bobby loves her and is here to stay. The playful illustrations and Guinea Pig characters will make this a book that young children can understand and enjoy. Children in this situation can relat...more
A controversial subject presented in a most non-controversial manner. I think those who are debating Brannen's use of guinea pigs versus people to tell the story are completely missing the point...it is a story aimed at introducing young children to the diversity inherent in ALL families. Children's books have a long history of using animals to tell a human story. I liked that Brannen presents the concept of Uncle Bobby and Jamie's impending marriage as the ho-hum typical family celebration that...more
Mark Zaino
I find this book utterly touching and truly a great way to explain to kids the reason people get married, even in general. I love that it is gerbils as characters. All you really see is the relationship of the little girl and her uncle, and how they explain the idea of him getting married because he wants to have a family. There is no further explanation because it is two guys, which makes this all the easier to explain children. Definitely one, I will want to read to my own niece and nephew.
Patty Marvel
This was on a recent "challenged library book" list, so of course I had to get a copy from the library. What probably set some people's hair on fire was the titular wedding having two grooms and none of the characters blinks an eye. The conflict comes from Chloe, who fears this wedding means she won't get to spend time with her favorite uncle. She's assured that she'll actually be gaining an additional uncle who is pretty cool, too. Cute story.
Here's another sweet tale of an alternative guinea pig family that has been banned/challenged from some libraries. The book is beautifully illustrated but needs a little bit more in the plot with regards to the guinea pig marriage if this book is to be about teaching young children it's ok to be in a family with same sex couples since it seems to be lacking some emphasis. Otherwise this is a cute, simple story.
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