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The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob: A Journey Begins

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Embark on an oceanic quest with Blue Ocean Bob, as he goes in search of his true purpose…and makes many new friends along the way. 

Despite his idyllic island life, young Bob yearns for a greater sense of fulfillment. With his guardian, Xena the hummingbird, at his side, Bob sets out to seek guidance from the wise and happy creatures of the sea. 

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Hardcover, 56 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Children's Success Unlimited (first published February 4th 2013)
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April Flanigan
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education, teacher
Blue Ocean Bob is a unique chapter book that includes great illustrations and rhyming. The main idea is setting goals and achieving them, which is a great tool for every day life. Most children will be able to read this story and feel inspired to dream and reach for the stars.

I could not help but want to tell Bob about Jesus through most of the story. Most of you know my faith is very important to me and even through Children's stories I want my Faith in Jesus to shine. Bob was seeking guidance
Aaron Lopez
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob follows Bob and his bird Xena as Bob follows his dreams. The book is also very well illustrated which goes perfectly with this beautiful rhyming book.

This book inspired children (and their parents!) to go after their dreams. Persistence and positive attitude is highlighted as well.

I would recommend this book to children to help them achieve their dreams. This book is a valuable resource in t
Vera Godley
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My thoughts: I grew up near the sea on the North Carolina coastline and can identify with the rolling waves, breezes, and joy experienced by Bob in this lushly illustrated early chapter book for young readers. The author brings a delightful child to the readers of the book. A child just like his or herself that needs that little jolt to nudge him forth in the world to reach out and make decisions. Decisions that could lead to achievement of joyous goals in life.

There once was a boy who lived c
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing

We all want to find our purpose in life, and kids are no exception. In The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob by Brooks Olbrys, Bob is a boy who is hoping to discover his purpose in life. He realizes his dream is to be a marine biologist, and he knows that he will have to work hard to achieve that goal. He enlists the help of some marine friends to find out exactly what steps he will need to take to make his dream come true.

The first thing I noticed when I opened this book was the beautiful illustrati
Patricia Tilton
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“There once was a boy who lived close to the sea and daydreamed all day about what he might be. His island was lush and his life wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t content with the things that he had.”

Synopsis: Bob lives on a beautiful island, but something seems to be missing in his life. He sets out on a journey with his chatty hummingbird, Xena, to seek guidance from the friendly creatures of the ocean. He meets Al, a playful dolphin, Doc, a sage turtle, Earl, the clam, and Wallace the walrus. They a
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
As Bob walks along the beach with his guardian, Xena, a beautiful hummingbird, he contemplates the lack of purpose in his life. What could he do to make his like more fulfilling? Who could he ask for advice?

First he asked Al, the dolphin and Al suggested he speak with with an elderly turtle whose name is Doc. Doc is very wise, his advice to Bob was to visualize what he sees in his future and his interest. As he contemplates Doc's advice, he goes in search of his purpose to care for all creature
Jennifer Lara
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob by Brooks Olbrys is a series of books which educates children about the ocean, its creatures, its problems and how people can help. It also introduces children to problem solving and encouragement when in doubt. The lessons of the series is to “Think it, See it, Believe it, and Achieve it.”
A Journey Begins is book 1 of the series as Bob is introduced. He lives on an island and dreams of something more. Xena, a hummingbird, is his guardian. Bob goes on a quest wh
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We received this book to give an honest review.

We have read the second book in this series and really enjoyed it but I was curious on how Blue Ocean Bob came to be so I asked the author if I could read book one and he was good with sending me a copy.
In this story we learn how Ocean Bob became an official assistant to Mary. We get to meet Doc the Turtle, Earl the Clam and Wallace the Walrus. Each animal gives him the wisdom and wise words to complete his
Joe Hempel
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Purpose, vision, goals, attitude, persistence. These are all the things Blue Ocean Bob must have in order to complete is quest. He yearns for something beyond his island life and sets off on his journey seeking the help of the oceanic animals.

Written in a rhyming AABB style, the book is easily available for early readers. The words are bold and very clear and contrasting to the illustrations very well. Let’s talk abo
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I would like to thank Bostick Communications and the author, Brooks Olbrys, for providing me with a copy of this book to review. As the first book in a series of early reader chapter books, The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob - A Journey Begins provides a great foundation upon which the author can build. The reader is introduced to Bob, a young boy who lives near the sea and dreams about the world unknown to him. With his trusty guardian, a hummingbird named Xena, Bob embarks on a journey. He talks ...more
Megan Nichols
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My son(two years old) got the package and got to open it. He loved the cover! He just stared at it for about two minutes and was telling me everything on it, then when he opened it he was even more excited to see all the colorful pictures. He loves the art work throughout the book.
I love that the story is easy to read and easy for him to follow. Sometimes when books are to rhyme-y they are hard for me to read a lot of. I never have been good at tongue twisters! But this book is really easy to re
Marianne Sandling
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Full review can be read here

Blue Ocean Bob has a great moral of continuing what you started, even when things look hopeless.

The book was a little long for my son to sit through in one sitting, enjoyed it.

The book's prose is beautiful and has a very interesting way of describing the characters and dilemmas.

My son and I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved how intense Xena's feelings got
"What if you fail, Bob?
Just what if you blow it?
This ocean's much bigger than you, and you know i
Rose Powell
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Without giving too much away, imagine a young impressionable man, who sets out in the world full of questions, seeking advice and through exploration, experience, "Purpose, Vision, Goals, Attitude adjustment) and Persistence" he really finds his TRUE PURPOSE and happiness!

This is a Juvenile Fiction Chapter book, but I found the messages relevant and with the story line, I found that even I as an adult, who is currently realizing my own purpose in life, my vision of how I see it, defining goals o
My Book Addiction and More MBA
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
THE ADVENTURES OF BLUE OCEAN BOB: A JOURNEY BEGINS by Brooks Olbrys is a wonderful Juvenile Fiction. #1 in "The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob". Follow, Bob on a journey of discovery,where he learns wisdom,finds new friends and finds his purpose in life. A wonderful chapter book for ages 8-12,but both young and old will enjoy. A delightful educational tool to help children learn many things,including achievement,to have goals,purpose,and persistence. A wonderful Oceanic adventure with beautiful il ...more
Dena (Batch of Books)
I really like the illustrations in this book. It is an early chapter book with gorgeous color artwork on every page. The text is written in rhyming prose which is easy to read.

I enjoyed the message behind this story, but I wish that it hadn't been so straight forward. It almost came off a little bit preachy. The advice given to Bob is very abstract rather than concrete. I wonder if children will understand what it's talking about. That being said, I really enjoyed the book and I thought it wa
Momma Frugal
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Set a goal from your vision"

"Persistence pays off"

This book is a really well written childrens book. I love the inspiration and encouragement for the children.

The story about Blue Ocean Bob takes your child on a whimsical journey. They will learn about Bob his guardian, Xena, and the other animals Doc, Earl, and Wallace.

This would be a great chapter book for older children to read and a good chapter book for parents to read to their little ones each day for story time.

I recommend this book for
Andrea Byrne
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This easy to read chapter book was a wonderful read for my daughters ages 5 and 7. Each night before bed we read a chapter out loud and discussed what happened in each chapter and tried to apply the lesson to real life. In each chapter Bob meets a new friend that teaches him something new about working hard and the steps that lead up to success. This children's book has a great story line, and great lessons for children to build confidence. I would highly recommend to any family as a "feel good" ...more
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Blue Ocean Bob begins with a journey of trying to figure out who he is. And with the help of some friends, he finds the answers that he needs to make a path of his own. This book is fantastic, beautifully illustrated, and full of lessons to be learned! This book focuses on Bob trying to find his purpose and wanting to make a difference. He has to find his vision of what it is he wants to do and imagine it. Then, he sets his goals and finds that they are not always as easy as they may seem and th ...more
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob - A Journey Begins" is a great book that is entertaining yet teaches teaches children how to persevere, achieving and setting goals. A very well written story with illustrations for each "goal" that is easy to understand and follow. A fantastic read that I would recommend to all children ages 5-7 (+/-), and parents alike.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Therese Wiese
This is the first book in the Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob. Charming story. Sort of a sing-song rhyming, which I think will be good for new readers of any age. Bob sets out to learn more about himself, meets new friends along the way. Looking forward to reading the others in this series. Here is an example:

Though the path is rarely straight, to the vision be true,
for all that you seek is likewise seeking you.
Karyn Tripp
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
This is a darling new children's chapter book. It is for early readers in grades K-4 with beautiful illustrations. It is a story of a young boy named Bob who goes on a journey to find his real purpose in life- something to give it meaning. He has a hummingbird friend named Xena who goes along with him on his adventures. Along the way he meets many ocean animal friends who give him great advice to help him along. My kids & I enjoyed this cute story. I loved the rhyming song-song aspect of it. ...more
Sandy Harris
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob: A Journey Begins has positive messages artfully wrapped in rhyme within the book’s colorful, eye-catching pages. While the reading level seems to target grades K-2, I think 3rd and possibly even 4th graders would enjoy Bob, a very real little boy, and his adventures. My thanks to the author for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed dipping my toes in BOB’s sea of positivity and I think you will as well…
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**I was given this book in exchange for an honest review**

The illustrations of this book draw you in so completely you can't help but want to read it and see what's happening. The story is just as good as the pictures and the rhyming makes it so perfect for children. This book has a great message and I just really love it. I would recommend this book (and I'll be using it when I start to home school next year!) 5 out of 5 stars.
Kim Croisant
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Blue Ocean Bob is easy to read and by far a book for all young children. I wouldn't stop at age 8 - this book even taught me a lesson or two. With the rhyming of the story and the easy words, the youngest of readers will get a kick out of the story. ...more
Diana Pettis
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I really really liked this book. The pictures were a good complement to the story and to me I felt like children reading it will be able to connect to it.
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A++ I just loved this book. It's message of persistance, patience, and hard work are values that many of our kids today are lacking. I can't wait to continue reading this series with my kids. ...more
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Good Reads for this book. What a delightful and encouraging story for young reads. And the illustrations are great.
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