'A story a day or I just can't play': Meet CBC's latest book lover, Bookaboo


On Wednesday, July 17, CBC Kids premiered a new show that brings books and television together with a rock 'n' roll twist. 

Bookaboo is a rock star puppy from across the pond and, after gaining fame in the U.K., he's decided to take Canada by storm. But, as always, he needs a story before he hits the stage. Canadian celebrities, ranging from CBC's own Jian Ghomeshi to Fefe Dobson to Jason Priestley, all stop by Bookaboo's tour bus and share with him great Canadian children's stories. 

You can watch a sneak peek of Peter Mansbridge reading Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt in the video below.

CBC Books caught up with Bookaboo at his Canadian tour launch at CBC Kids' Day in Toronto to ask him about how he feels about bringing his brand of rock 'n' roll to Canadian kids.

Welcome to Canada, Bookaboo!

This is the umpeenth time I've been here. I have actually been to Toronto before. I'll tell you what, it is a fabulous city isn't it?

This is the first time you've been on tour in Canada. How is it going?

It's a big tour. I've got the whole band here. I had some fantastic guests read me a story. I've had Georges Laraque, Gordon Pinsent, Bret Hart, loads and loads of people. It's been really really special.

What do you like about Canada?

I love Canada. I love the lakes, I like the rivers. I like the fact that my Bookabus doesn't look too big, which it tends to in Europe. It fits on these roads really, really well. There's so much to choose from. I love the countryside, you see. I'm a city pup, really, but I do hanker for the fjords, for the woods, for the countryside. The Canadian countryside is very pretty. I am a bit frightened of bears, though. They're big, aren't they?!

They are! What's your favourite thing you've encountered in Canada?

The very, very best thing about Canada is all of the brilliant books. I've had so many stories written by Canadian authors read to me. I can't pick out which one is the best! I can't!

What about music? Can you pick a favourite Canadian music act?

Well, Fefe Dobson, of course. She read me a story. It was terrific, there was a little rapping in there. Beyond that, I've got some early inspirations, like Rush. But I don't want to pick any out. They might get jealous!

Thanks, Bookaboo! Enjoy the rest of your Canadian tour!

Oh no, thank you. It's been a pleasure. I've had such a warm welcome here in Canada.

Bookaboo airs on CBC-TV Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. Check out Bookaboo's Canadian reading list and follow along!