Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
Expected publication May 1, 2018
Feiwel and Friends
ARC provided by publisher
Middle Grade

Goodreads Summary
A classic middle-grade tale of magic and friendship, about a girl who helps an old friend find home, by two New York Times–bestselling authors Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead.
It’s been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy’s grandmother in Australia. Now that she’s back, Livy has the feeling she’s forgotten something really, really important about Gran’s house.
It turns out she’s right.
Bob, a short, greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit, didn’t forget Livy, or her promise. He’s been waiting five years for her to come back, hiding in a closet like she told him to. 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.

Clue by clue, Livy and Bob will unravel the mystery of where Bob comes from, and discover the kind of magic that lasts forever.
Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, two masterminds of classic, middle-grade fiction come together to craft this magical story about the enduring power of friendship.

My Thoughts
This book is the sweet story of a very special friendship that stands the test of time and distance. Livy had forgotten all about her friend Bob until she returns to her Grandmother's house in Australia 5 years after her last visit. There are so many questions to be answered....Is Bob an imaginary friend? Can others see him? What kind of creature is he? Does he have a family? Why did Livy forget about him? This mysterious story unfolds gently as the questions are answered and readers learns more about Bob and Livy and their unique connection. 
Readers will love Bob! Although the ARC did not have illustrations inside (the finished book will have some) his description is adorable as are his actions. But it is his undying devotion for his friend Livy that makes him so wonderful. 

I feel like grades 3-4 is the sweet spot for this book, although some 5th graders would also like it. Bob would also make a good read aloud for grade 2-4. 

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