I received this book courtesy of Mr. Olbrys for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
Overview: Blue Ocean Bob seems to be getting the hang of being a marine scientist. Good thing too, as his mentor–Mary Marine–has been summoned away to another island. Will Bob be able to step fully into the role he has chosen? Or will he have to accept Xena’s doubts about his career path?
Story Telling: Mr. Olbrys does include inspirational advice in this late picture book.
Artwork: Mr. Keele has an engaging technique with these illustrations.
Likes: Mr. Olbrys proves that you don’t have to sugar-coat the advice you give to children. They can handle the truth, especially if that truth is engineered to help them to achieve their dreams.
Bob has the help of the whole island, showing that there isn’t anything wrong with asking for help.
Dislikes: Xena may mean it for the best, but she needs to let it go. Bob is determined enough to be a marine scientist, that no amount of grousing will change his mind.
Favorite Character: It would have to be Doc. Poor Doc.
Favorite Quote: “When you doubt that you’re able or fit or prepared, remember your purpose and just do it scared.”
Favorite Scene: It was a fun trip when Bob got some unexpected help with his dolphin problem.
Conclusion: This was a fun and encouraging story. Enjoy it with your dreamer. Though, I’m not so sure that I would have handled Andy in the same manner.