Leon and Bob


Leon moves to a new house in town with his mother while his father is in the army. Leon is lonely, but his imaginary friend Bob keeps him company and makes him brave, and finally brave enough to meet a real friend.


The book depicts a young boy’s vulnerability through sparse words and illustrations. Leon is lonely, afraid, and misses his father. The depiction of boyhood as vulnerable is positive, acknowledging and emphasising that boys can and do feel like this. Leon, though vulnerable, is also quietly brave, though this bravery is not stereotypical, and instead allows him to make a real friend, also called Bob.

Edited by: Centre for Children’s Literature and Culture Studies (Ireland)

Author(s): James, Simon

Illustrator(s): James, Simon

Publisher: Walker Books

City: London

Year: 2003

Pages: 32

ISBN: 9780744598032

Age Range: 6 - 10

Language: EN

Original Language: EN

Keywords: Feelings, Friendship, Male characters, Positive role model

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