Bob by Wendy Mass


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 dr...

Details Bob

Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Fiction, Juvenile

Reviews Bob

  • Jessica
    Sweet fantasy about a girl rediscovering the imaginary friend she left behind at her grandmother's house. But is Bob imaginary? What is he? Lovely illustrations and the shift from Bob to Livy's POV makes this extra fun.
  • Amber Webb
    BOB was an incredibly endearing and thought provoking book about childhood friendships, change, growing older and still remembering what it was like to be young. I loved Livy and her experiences with BOB, Gran and her friends. This is a book that will be long cherished by children and adults alike. I could not put this book down and think it is a must read for classrooms and families. Who wouldn't love a not-zombie chicken friendship story?
  • Laura
    I’ve been looking forward to this book ever since I saw the powerhouse team of Mass and Stead up in lights (so to speak). I mean these two are middle grade fiction super stars!!! Together in one book. Color me excited and ecstatic! I was counting the days until release day.BUT it didn’t quite live up to all my hopes and dreams. Bob is cute and original for sure, but overall it lacked the emotional kick I was hoping for. Come meet Bob though. ...
  • Michele Knott
    Sweet story with a surprising ending!Looking forward to seeing the completed book with the illustrations!
  • Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
    I picked this up randomly at the library after the cover caught my eye. It was a cute and surprisingly good story.
  • Kathy
    Visiting her grandmother on a drought-stricken Australia farm, 10-year-old Livy reconnects with an endearing green creature she left 5 years earlier whom most people cannot see and she had forgotten. Very engaging, with connections with mythological beings (and fairy tales) and the natural world. There's a particularly nice scene where the relatively grown-up 10-year-olds discard their reservations and play with dolls as they used to. Gives permi...
  • Laura
    Absolutely delightful. Just the right length for reluctant readers. Easy to booktalk, just start with this: "Actually,maybe I do remember one thing. I think I remember a wrong chicken."
  • Lata
    Amusing story of 11-year old Livy returning for a visit to her grandmother’s in Australia, and then countering the odd, little, somewhat sarcastic, green creature she had met the last time She visited. Livy and Bob must figure out what Bob is and where he came from so he can return.There’s plenty of gentle humour in this story which gives us both Livy’s and Bob’s POVs.
  • Brooke
    “Bob” by Wendy Mass is a strange little tale about a girl who visits her grandmother in Australia and finds a green creature dressed in a chicken suit in her closet named Bob...I know it sounds so strange! I often feel nostalgic as an adult reading middle grade books and the themes that are so universal in them no matter your age. I certainly can name many other books that are better than “Bob”, but I have to say this one had it in sectio...
  • Jaclyn
    3.5 Stars. Sweet little story. It would be perfect for family sharing. Found myself laughing out loud at Bob who is a very endearing non-zombie. Honestly, I could have used a little more adventure between Livy and Bob and maybe a little more backstory on Livy and her family but it was a cute, well written story that I would definitely recommend to kids and families.
  • Patrick
    Loved it. Going to choose it for our final book club selection for 17/18. Perfect story to end the year with. Bob and Livy will be with me for a long time. Must read!!!
  • Cassie Gutman (happybooklovers)
    So charming and lovely and weird. Would put in the hands of both reluctant readers and kids who gobble up beginning fantasy series (like the Spiderwick Chronicles).
  • Elizabeth☮
    Livy is visiting her grandmother in Australia for the first time in five years. When she arrives, she finds Bob in the closet, but has little to no memory of him. What unfolds is Livy and Bob trying to figure out his origins, while also becoming reacquainted with one another. This is a fun book that leaves you wondering about Bob's home until we finally realize what is happening. A modern fairytale that I loved.
  • Monkiecat
    both funny and sweet - the book alternates pov between Livy, an 11 year old girl visiting her grandmother's drought-stricken farm in Australia, and Bob, a zombie (or not-zombie) who wears a chicken suit and has spent the last 5 years living in a closet. In the audio version the narration also alternated with each chapter, which really added to my enjoyment of the book. This is a very short book (3 cd's - I'm guessing 3 hrs) that we finished in a ...
  • Chance Lee
    Ridiculously sweet and tender story about a young girl and the power of her not-so-imaginary friend. As an adult reader, I thought a lot about the imaginary friends of my childhood while reading this book, which tackles the liquidity of memory -- how easily certain experiences can slip through our fingers and into the cracks of the earth -- but also provides children with a fun fantasy story, one that doesn't rely on tired tropes like faeries, el...
  • Andrea
    A truly beautiful story of friendship. Perfect for all ages. Children will laugh at Bob as a Not-Zombie chicken in a tutu, while parents will remember the magic of childhood. And yes, I did cry.
  • BrocheAroe
    Meet Bob. Bob is smart, loyal, and funny – kind of like a literary Stitch (from Lilo & Stitch). He's been waiting 5 long years in a dark closet for Livy to return to her Gran's house in Australia. Now that she's back, she can help him figure out if he's a zombie (he's green and isn't undead, so probably not), why he's wearing a chicken costume (camouflague), why he's all alone (does he have a family?), and why it hasn't rained in 5 long years.....
  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
    Bob is a unique narrative that blends the line between reality and fantasy. Although beautifully written, Bob concludes very abruptly giving the reader a rushed/sloppy conclusion that undercuts the momentum and lore built so expertly throughout the story.
  • Katie
    I'm not sure how this will play for kids, but as an adult, I expected it to pack more of a punch.
  • Marisa
    I picked this up, assuming it was super silly and not something I actually would like. I was wrong, I actually really liked this. Once I started reading, I had to keep going, because I had to find out where Bob came from! If it can intrigue some regular ole adult like me, I imagine it will have an even greater effect on children. The ending was a bit rushed, but it was fine.
  • Michelle
    Guys, I LOVED this book. It's a good one to pair with Me and Marvin Gardens by A.S. King. Livy doesn't remember anything about the last time she visited her grandmother. And she forgot something kind of important. A creature named Bob has been waiting for her for FIVE years. It's funny and sweet and I really want a Bob stuffed animal.The only problem is, I wanted more. I felt there was a lot to the story that was missing. The story was sweet enou...
  • Ivonne Rovira
    Each of Rebecca Stead’s books differ from the other in all but their surprises she embeds in them. Bob, Stead’s latest, oozes charm — not in a cloying way, but in a way sure to enthrall children and their parents alike.Bob has been waiting a long, long time — five long years, in fact — in Olivia’s grandmother’s closet. Livvy visited her grandmother’s Australian ranch five years ago, and she had completely forgotten the green and b...
  • Nick
    I hate to give this such a low rating. It was very cute, and had a lot of lovable moments, characters, and heart. I felt for little Bob, and I wanted to know what he was, and where he was headed, but when we got the end it all just felt like "shrug, ok . . ."The payoff wasn't there. Is everything in Livy's book real? Should this really be a terrifying warning tale about mermaids that will drown people, or trolls that will kill over a bridge.In th...
  • Amanda
    I loved this, and the twists and turns along the way kept me guessing. The illustrations were lovely and I can't wait for Madam to read this too so that we can talk about it!
  • KWinks
    This was absolutely adorable! I loved it.
  • DaNae
    A sweet, gentle tale surrounding a persnickety, mystery chicken.
  • Sarah Ackerman
    What a fun story! There’s magic, remembering, forgetting, chickens, and non-chickens. It’s a slightly, no, mostly, weird story about childhood and growing up.
  • Maggie Carr
    Thank you School Library Journal for sharing more great ARCs with me in exchange for my honest review...I LOVED this book! I want it to become a classic everyone reads, like Charlotte's Web or Stuart Little. There is so much magic in all of us, whether human, animal or non-zombie, and "BOB" is a great reminder of that. My ARC did not have any illustrations, aside from the cover, though it mentions it will have illustrations throughout in the fina...