Bob

By: Wendy Mass

Rebecca Stead

Illustrator: Nicholas Gannon

Bob, a short, greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit, has been waiting for Livy to return. He can’t remember who—or what—he is, where he came from, or if he even has a family. But five years ago Livy promised she would help him find his way back home. Now it’s time to keep that promise. Two-toned illustrations.

ISBN: 9781250166623

JLG Release: Sep 2018


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Imaginary creatures , Memory , Lost children , Grandmothers , Australia , Point of view

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Book List*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*, The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Five years ago, Livy left her friend Bob, who she describes as a zombielike creature, in the closet of her grandmother’s house in Australia without saying goodbye. Bob has loyally awaited Livy’s return, dressed in the chicken suit she made to disguise him, and hopeful about the promise she made to help him fi
[STARRED REVIEW]
Five years ago, Livy left her friend Bob, who she describes as a zombielike creature, in the closet of her grandmother’s house in Australia without saying goodbye. Bob has loyally awaited Livy’s return, dressed in the chicken suit she made to disguise him, and hopeful about the promise she made to help him find his way home, wherever that may be. As Livy gradually eases back into the rekindled friendship, vague memories return to her that could lead to the discovery of Bob’s home. Livy’s separation anxiety about her mother’s upcoming trip with friends and the drought in her grandmother’s town round out the story for a full plot line. Mass and Stead’s brilliant collaboration has produced a beautiful tale of friendship, love, and the magic of childhood. Livy and Bob’s points of view alternate chapters, and each character’s personality is wonderfully realized with subtle nuances of emotion and humor. A perfectly paced plot, supported by secondary characters to whom readers will relate and luminous artwork by Gannon, fill out a story that readers will eagerly embrace. VERDICT A must-have for libraries serving middle grade readers, this novel delights.—Amy McInerney, Falmouth Elementary School, ME

Horn Book

Livy, now ten, doesn’t remember much about the last time she visited her grandmother in Australia five years before. Still, you’d think it would be hard to forget a weird, green, diminutive creature dressed in a chicken costume. Livy rediscovers the creature—Bob—hiding in a closet (“You’re back. Took you long enough”). She vows to hel Livy, now ten, doesn’t remember much about the last time she visited her grandmother in Australia five years before. Still, you’d think it would be hard to forget a weird, green, diminutive creature dressed in a chicken costume. Livy rediscovers the creature—Bob—hiding in a closet (“You’re back. Took you long enough”). She vows to help Bob figure out who he is and where he came from, and to solve the mystery of how she’d forgotten about him in the first place. Chapters alternate between Livy’s and Bob’s first-person perspectives, and the text is filled with warmth and humor: “She said my name. Bob. It makes me feel…well, seen…The Great and Powerful Bob. The Bobster. His Bobness.” Gannon’s occasional interspersed illustrations, monochromatic and golden-brown, provide an old-timey feel. A climactic plot twist sends Livy and Bob searching for a neighbor boy who wandered away from home and leads to an emotional reunion for the little green creature. Friendship, family, and ruminations on home, plus some magic (and an environmental message that feels a little tacked on), should appeal to creaturefantasy fans. -Elissa Gershowitz, Horn Book

Book Details

ISBN

9781250166623

First Release

September 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

Page Count

208

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Feiwel & Friends

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Imaginary creatures, Memory, Lost children, Grandmothers, Australia, Point of view,

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