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Uncle Bobby's Wedding

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  453 ratings  ·  126 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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Maggie Mattmiller
Nov 16, 2013 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
Apr 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer, children
Gay guinea pigs! In vests!
Melissa Stewart
Oct 31, 2010 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
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a very sweet book! I love that Chloe is worried she’s going to lose her uncle but discovers that she’s getting another uncle she loves when Uncle Bobby gets married! The illustrations were beautiful (I read the newer version with people instead of guinea pigs), I really liked that the illustrator showed gentle intimacy between Bobby and Jamie!
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's a sweet story about homosexual guinea pigs and family, what's not to love?
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this updated version with beautiful (human) illustrations!
Feb 24, 2009 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
May 09, 2009 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.
David Hannah
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: week-8
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Author Sarah Brannen presents a feel good story about a guinea pig named Chloe who is afraid she is going to lose her Uncle Bobby's love when he gets married. While the story's premise is simple enough, the book has not been without controversy. You see, Bobby is marrying a man (gasp!) and the book has been challenged several times to be removed from the children's section in libraries. Most of the time, most notably in Colorado and Missouri, the challenges have been base
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
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.

Jan 06, 2012 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
Jonathan Kemmerer-Scovner
Oct 26, 2015 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
Aug 26, 2014 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
Oct 08, 2008 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 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
Mar 27, 2010 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 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.

Apr 29, 2008 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.
Destinee Sutton
Feb 17, 2009 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.
Really simple and straightforward and quite lovely at that. The illustrations are gentle and soft and colorful and I especially appreciate that no special attention is given to the sexual orientation of Uncle Bobby and Jamie, which allows the story to be about a special relationship between a niece and her uncle and how that changes when another intimate relationship potentially threatens that.
I learned about this story (which surprisingly flew under the radar for me) when I saw a review for a n
Veronica Baldwin
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: controversial
Uncle Bobby's Wedding is about a young gerbil named Chloe who is terrified of her Uncle Bobby getting married because she doesn't want to be his second favorite to his spouse. Her uncle is getting married to another male gerbil named Jamie. This story focuses on the relationship of Chloe and her Uncle Bobby with him only happening to be gay. The fact that her uncle is gay is only a side note to the story, which I think is great that the story is expressing that love is love.

I really enjoy the e
Ninaad Nariani
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is challenged because uncle Bobby is gay. It talks openly about uncle Bobby marrying uncle Jaime. In the book it openly discuses a gay marriage just like a straight marriage and is very open about it. It shows and talks about them getting married in there suits. That is the reason this book is challenged.
In my opinion that is completely ridiculous. There is nothing wrong what so ever in that. You love who you love and that is it. I actually really did love this book. I will definitely
Alicia Evans
This book is really sweet. Part of what I loved so much about this book is that it doesn't focus on Chloe's uncle marrying another man--that part isn't questioned and is normal. Chloe is worried because her favorite uncle is getting married, she thinks he won't have time for her, and she's worried that he will have kids that he will enjoy more than her. I went through this with my niece when I got married, so I found it really relatable. Also, when I went to review this, I discovered that appare ...more
Tam Bush
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: tch_lrn-544
Uncle Bobby's Wedding is a story that tells Chloe and her Uncle Bobby. They do everything together, which Chloe enjoys spending wonderful adventures together. When she discovers that her Uncle Bobby is getting married to Jaime, Chloe is upset. She worries about Jaime taking the space that is shared between her and Uncle Bobby. As a result and spending quality time together, Uncle Bobby and Jaime asks Chloe to be a bridesmaid in their upcoming wedding. She accepts and gains another uncle in the p ...more
A cute book about a little girl who thinks that she is losing an uncle when he announces his upcoming wedding. I remember that feeling about my older sister and the author described it well. We know that the wedding is about the adults getting married, but kids tend to think of themselves as the center of the universe. :) The way Uncle Bobby reassured her and made sure she had time to get to know his future husband was a clever plan and showed he really cared. I read this book because it was men ...more
Ashley Cernac
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: controversial
Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen was challenged but retained by a public library in Missouri. A community memeber did not like the message of the book, but the library continued to keep the book. Chole is affraid her uncle will not be around anymore once he gets married to his partner Jaime. In the end, Chole learns she will have two Uncle's and was very excited.
The book is appropriate for young children, and there is noting wrong with the message of the book. The book shows it is okay
Kayla Boerner
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diversity
In this story, the characters are guinea pigs. Uncle Bobby and his boyfriend Jaimie are getting married and his niece Chloe worries that she wont be uncle Bobby's special person anymore. This book is about a nieces love for her uncle while normalizing gay marriage. I love how this book does not focus on the fact that its gay marriage. It does not impact what happens in the story. With the changing family dynamics in our society I think this book is one that many kids can benefit from hearing and ...more
This sweet, precious book! I am so thrilled that this book was updated to reflect the characters as humans, rather than animals. It's so important to move away from showing animals as diverse characters- we need to see people, races, genders, abilities, etc. I loved the loved of this sweet family, the tenderness between Uncle Bobby and Chloe, the joy at Bobby and Jamie's engagement, everything is so heartwarming and sweet. The illustrations are also lovely, from the color to the style- perfectio ...more
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read the updated (new illustrations) version of this book today, and I must say, I am so glad that in 2020 we can finally have it with people and not animals. While “Uncle Bobby’s Wedding” is pleasantly intersectional, the main issue is not that two men are getting married, but that the protagonist Chloe is worried about losing her closeness with her uncle. They work through it together - Chloe, Uncle Bobby, and Jamie. It’s a story with different kinds of love made with love and beautiful new ...more
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