From the bookshelf - Bo Obama like you've never seen him


“Sasha and Malia, I love you both more than you can imagine, and you have earned that new puppy that is coming with us to the White House.” 

Since the president uttered those words on election night 2008, and with the subsequent expansion of the first family, people can’t get enough of First Pooch Bo Obama. 

In Bo Obama, White House Tails, the First Pet is star, narrator and tour guide in a creative and doggone cute comic format. 

An original 23-page comic book, Puppy Power: Bo Obama sold out, and the story was expanded for its second printing — as a 40-page special edition graphic novel aimed at tweens and young kids.

“Bo won’t be fighting crime or solving the deficit, but for kids looking for a fun read without realizing they’re learning, this book is for them.” says Darren Davis, president of Bluewater Productions, publisher of Bo Obama. 

Packed with educational facts, this was a great read for this writer, and I’m a bit beyond my tweens. Taking the tour with Bo, I learned a thing or two about the history of the executive mansion, plus presidential pets of the past. Of course there are also tidbits about Bo’s roots in the Portuguese Water Dog breed.

In the spirit of Spot’s Best in the Northwest series, the timing seemed perfect to introduce Spot readers to local graphic novel publisher Bluewater Productions, based in Vancouver, WA. The top independent publishing company specializes in comic books and graphic novels, most recently releasing a Female Force series. These widely successful biographical comic books showcase strong and influential women such as Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Palin, Princess Diana and Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga. The stories of these powerful women’s lives are told in unbiased accounts. Spinning off from the female comic line is Political Power, featuring influential men. Bluewater Productions ( puts an entertaining spin on history and learning in its biographies of influential people (and now dogs) from our times.  

Colorful and fun, this sweet little read is a must-have for anyone who can’t keep their paws off anything Bo. Find it at , Borders, Barnes & Noble, Target or your local comic book store.