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Bob and Flo: The Missing Bucket

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  330 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Flo, a little penguin, arrives at nursery with her packed lunch: a new pink bucket of shiny fish. Bob is fasinated by Flo's bucket and he puts it on his head! Then he uses it to make sandcastles, to reach the top of his block tower, as a drum-kit. In fact he's so creative in how he uses Flo's bucket that it takes her some time to track it down. But when she does the bucket ...more
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Oxford University Press
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The Library Lady
Nov 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's one thing to share something when someone asks you nicely for it. It's another when someone helps himself/ herself to your toy,and you watch him/her do it, and accept it. Though the end of this has Flo helping Bob, he never apologizes for taking her bucket in the first place, he takes it home, and Flo's calling it "our bucket" doesn't make it better. NOT a good lesson in sharing, more like a demonstration of the sort of passive bullying that once required me to call another family to retrie ...more
Sep 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to love this book, since I'm a sucker for cute penguins.

But this one really left me empty. Like...really? It's totally okay that Bob stole your bucket? Flo just shrugs and says "don't forget our bucket" when he takes it home at the end of the day? It just seems like normalizing the dangerous things we tell our little girls, like "if he picks on you, it's because he likes you." No, you teach your little girl about boundaries and that she should expect those boundaries to be respec
Let me first begin with one caveat: I am a sucker for most things penguin. I love penguins, especially adorable children’s books about and/or featuring penguins. So, when my coworker presented this new, pristine picture book about two adorable preschool penguin friends? I needed to read it immediately.

The first thing that stands out is the brightly illustrated pages. There are a wide range colors and what appears to be mixed media that went into the creation of the artwork on these pages. Each
Jennifer Strong
Apr 14, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, 2016
On Flo's first day of preschool she comes with a new pink bow and her lunch in a bucket. While she paints, Bob takes her bucket leaving her meal of fish all over the floor. This somehow merely confuses Flo. She sees Bob with her bucket several times and does not confront him (or she doesn't realize he has it). Finally, she spots it while Bob is stuck on a slide. Being a helpful penguin, she scoops up water with her bucket and helps swoosh Bob down. The two slide around on the water the rest of t ...more
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flo's bucket is missing and there is something . . . different . . . about Bob. Could it be the bucket-like hat on his head?!

Oddly delightful. Reminds of It's Only Stanley but not quite as wacky.
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If someone took my lunch bucket and ate all my food, I probably wouldn't be friends with them by the end of the day. ...more
Veronika Bitting
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-choice
Flo has her first day of school and shares the things she bring in with her classmates. Every kid has their first day of school, so this book is very relatable to their lives.
Leigh Chickering
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rdng-350
Flo goes to preschool with her new bow and bucket. There she meets a new friend named Bob. Soon her bucket goes missing and when she goes looking for it, she sees Bob playing multiple different things with her bucket but she doesn't realize he has it. Then she finds her bucket but loses her friend. She finds him stuck on top of the slide and then helps him and they play together until its time to go home.

I thought this book was so cute! I like the simple illustrations and how eye catchy they are
Miya Gaub
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: friendship
Bob and Flo is a relatable book for many young kids who are starting preschool or kindergarten for the first time. A common problem of young kids around 4 to 5 is their ability to make new friends in an unknown environment. Throughout the story, Bob and Flo demonstrate ways in which students can make friends with their peers. At first, Bob compliments Flo on her bow and her bucket. Then, the two stand next to each other during art. When Flo goes looking for her bucket, she sees that Bob is in da ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I am looking for a cute penguin book to hold the interest of fourteen 4 year olds. Penguin friends at preschool should be cute, right? Nope. Bob eats Flo's lunch and steals her bucket. What about the preschool teacher? What about lunchtime? The kids at our school are provided with lunch and breakfast and some of them come to school without having eaten and the idea of Flo going home hungry makes me very sad. ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
It's Flo's first day of preschool. She has her lunch in a bucket and a new bow—but soon her bucket disappears! Does her classmate Bob have anything to do with the bucket mystery? How two irresistible little penguins find both Flo's bucket and a new friendship makes for a preschool charmer. Bob and Flo is sure to ease any back-to-school jitters. ...more
Flo is nervous about going to preschool. She "loses" her bucket and while trying to find it, makes a friend, Bob. ...more
Joy Keil
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clara
My toddler enjoys this one. I can't say I love reading it, but it's cute. ...more
Elena Maddox
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Good for toddlers or pre-K.
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute story. Two preschool penguins become friends over a bucket of fish. My son and I were cracking up when Bob ate all the fish in Flo's bucket and got stuck on the slide. ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: story-time
Bob stole that bucket.
The little penguins are cute but I am not sure the point of this one. It has an odd take on sharing. There is another Bob and Flo book I liked better.
Karla Winick-Ford
This is SO CUTE
A must have addition to the preschool library
SUPER quick
great message
colorful and delightful illustrations
Novelist: Babies/Toddlers - Pre-Kindergarten
Amazon: Preschool - 3
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-literature
Cute but not my favorite. I like the penguins but they were probably my favorite part, not the actual story.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
This kids book was not for me. A board book featuring penguins (cute) but a weird story. It read sort of like See Dick and Jane. Stilted.
Erin Bliss
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Flo the penguins first day of preschool. She meets a new friend, Bob who takes her bucket, and they play together. The bucket goes missing, and Bob has it, but Flo doesn't know that. Then when Bob got stuck in the slide, Flo grabbed the bucket, poured some water on him, and he came right out! Then they became close friends.
This book is so adorable! It's a great book to teach sharing, and being nice to the new people we meet. Even being so young, pre-k kids would respond well t
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
In a story perfect for small children starting daycare or preschool, this picture book shows how to make new friends and share. Bob really likes Flo’s pink bucket that she brought with her to school. When Flo is busy painting a picture, her bucket disappears. She looks for it everywhere. She notices that Bob has a new pink hat at one point. Then she sees him making a tall tower of blocks standing on something pink. She sees him playing a pink drum. And then at the playground, she finally spies h ...more
Samuel Tyler
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
There is a time in your life when you don’t use your imagination that much. That is usually the point that you are staring at the computer screen for the 5th hour in a row on a dull Tuesday at work. However, as a child, imagination seems to be second nature. An everyday ordinary object is actually extraordinary and can be used as many different things. Take a red bucket for instance; it could be a hat, or a drum or even a lunch box. That is if you happen to be Bob and Flo a couple of penguins of ...more
Dione Basseri
Okay. There is something in this book that bugs me to no end, and it's small and maybe petty, but it bugs me: the "hand-made" paper. On first seeing the cover, I thought there was a mishap with the library copy and it got dirty. Then I saw it was supposed to look like hand-made paper. "Oh!" I think to myself. "Then I bet all the pages will be special paper! How unique!"


Turns out, the artwork was done on more rustic paper, which was then scanned and replicated in the printing process. It's j
Eva Kelly
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one was about two penguins who go to school (not homeschool!) and the girl, Flo, has a really great pink bucket that she keeps her fish in.
You know, what is it with animals eating fish? Dolphins like fish so much they trade trash for it, and penguins like fish so much that they take them to school in a bucket.
Anyway, the fish aren't the problem here. It's that bucket and a boy penguin named Bob, who takes Flo's bucket, and he's got it right there in front of her, but she can't see it. I t
Dec 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I thought this book was amusing and child-like. I give this a 3 1/2 stars and the reason it doesn't get four stars is because the ending isn't completely satisfying (I'm big on good, solid resolutions). There is a sweet element of share in Flo, but I'm not sure if I'm sold on Bob's "take." This is a creative story and if it's not taken overly seriously, it is a lot of fun. I do think it is a very early listener book that invites some discussion about feelings and behavior with really young child ...more
Kaylee Mercer
Bob and Flo were best friends in preschool. Flo had a bucket that Bob really liked. So, Bob took the bucket without Flo knowing. He would make sandcastles and play drums with the bucket. Flo had no idea where her bucket went until Bob was stuck on the slide. She then used the bucket to help splash water on him to get him unstuck. Then, Flo and Bob started playing together and Flo gave him the bucket.

This was a cute book and could be used for beginner readers in Kindergarten or First Grade. This
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The pretty pastel illustrations are the best part of this book. Unfortunately, and not to get too political, Flo's passive stance when her bucket is stolen by Bob bugged me! What are we teaching our little girls? I also felt like this was attempting unsuccessfully to emulate the dry and clever style Klassen's, I-want-my-hat-back, capture. Maybe I'm reading into this a bit. It's an acceptable preschool book. ...more
It's Flo's first day of preschool. She has a new bow and bucket for lunch. Preschool starts off great! Flo makes new friends right away. However, her bucket disappears while Flo is painting. Where could her bucket be? And where is Bob, her new friend? She finds Bob building a block tower, but how is he reaching the top? And how did he make those great sand castles?

Children will love pointing out the obvious in this storytime hit!
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Author & Illustrator living and working in the UK. Titles include TS Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, ‘The Whopper’ and the ‘Bob and Flo’ series.

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