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
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Cultural, Australia

Reviews Bob

  • Michele Knott
    Sweet story with a surprising ending!Looking forward to seeing the completed book with the illustrations!
  • 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...
  • 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
    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."
  • 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...
  • 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).
  • 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!!!
  • 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.....
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Anmiryam
    Charming and engaging. I know many younger readers (more of the 7-9 crowd than 10-12 year-old sophisticates) will read and love this book. Bob (the character) is funny, innocent and knowing all at once, just like so many tweens. His human foil, Livy, is like so many youngsters of that age who can no longer remember their younger, yet somehow more confident selves.I did wonder (and I will swear I would have raised this question at ten as well as a...
  • Cindy
    This is a really sweet, magical story about a friendship between a not-zombie creature in a chicken suit and a little girl who struggles to remember the details of how they became friends. It is an endearing tale of a precious creature, aptly (?) named Bob and his friend Livy who met him when she was five years old while visiting her grandmother's house in Australia. Livy has returned five years later to find this unusual green creature in her be...
  • Anna
    Thanks to SLJ for the arc. I highly recommend this one. It's a sweet light fantasy and friendship that gets going quickly and doesn't use 50 pages when 5 will do. The duel narrative gives a more rounded story and events are wrapped up neatly in the end. This is a potential classic.
  • Lucy
    Usually, I stack up the books I get and try to read my books in the order they have been received. (OCD) But this one just "called" to me. Such a sweet, quick read. Made me smile and perhaps, that is just what I needed. Will pass it on to my grandson, now.
  • Scott Fillner
    A beautiful story of fantasy and friendship coming out in May of 2018.
  • Kate
    This was such a sweet book! I really liked Livy and Bob's friendship and the fact that they both took care of one another. It would have gotten 5 stars if there was some explanation for Livy feeling as anxious as she does throughout the story...maybe I missed it? The illustrations were very good; I wonder if there will be more in the final edition. This would be a good book for the elementary age child or for a family read. My thanks to NetGalley...
  • Katie
    I adored this book, as I assumed I would with anything written by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead. Absolutely fantastic and I finished it all too soon!!
  • Suzanne
    I know that fans of Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead will want this book as soon as they see those names on the cover. For those who are not fans yet (and they will be), let me tell you about this story. Livy is visiting her grandmother in Australia. She hasn't been there to the family farm since she was five, and she doesn't remember that trip. But her mother has brought Livy and her baby sister Beth Ann to visit Gran and all of Mom's friends. When ...
  • Katy
    After 5 years, Livy travels with her mom and baby sister back to Australia to visit her grandmother. She was last here when she was much smaller and doesn't have a lot of memories of the place, but when she arrives she is greeted by a most unusual friend. He is a small green man who has been waiting in her closet the whole time she's been gone! Together Livy and Bob try to uncover the mystery of what Bob is. This whimsical story was sweet, fun an...
  • Brooke Dilling
    A great middle grade book about a little girl and the mysterious BOB -- great way to bring in different fairy tales and legends to kids -- maybe they could research fairy tales from their country of origin? Well developed, a quick read... the mystery of what Bob might be pulls the reader along to the end of the book.
  • Annie
    A lovely little book. Read in galley, so I haven’t seen the artwork. Solid middle grade fantasy, excellent for eight and up, with a satisfying ending. In another universe where I wasn’t also reading WHEN YOU REACH ME at the same time, I would probably give this five stars. But that book just throws off my whole curve.
  • Heidi
    Such an adorable and sweet story! All the characters are likable and relatable. Livy is a sweet young girl trying to feel comfortable in a place she barely remembers, and all loyal and good-natured Bob wants is to find home again. I absolutely loved reading about their rekindling friendship.The story flowed so well, which made this into a quick and enjoyable read. On the one hand, the tale is simple and easy-to-follow, but on the other, there are...
  • Lizz Axnick
    I love Wendy Mass' books, especially the Candymakers series and A Mango-Shaped Space. I tried some of Rebecca Stead's works beforehand and was not terribly impressed with the writing style. However, my love for Wendy Mass superseded my underwhelming feelings for Ms. Stead so I got this book. I was not at all disappointed.Bob is some sort of green creature who has forgotten where he came from and anything prior to winding up in a chicken coop on L...
  • Jana
    I had the opportunity to read a digital ARC of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for this review. This wonderful middle grade fantasy story reminded me somewhat of Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate in that this extraordinary creature, Bob, returns to the forefront of 11-year-old Livy’s life at a time when she seems to need him most. She’s at a stressful point in her life: growing up, becoming more independent, and yet still reluctant to spe...
  • Samantha
    The last time Livy visited her grandmother in Australia, she was only five years old. Now she's ten and a half, nearly grown, and back to see her grandmother and give her mom a chance to show off baby Beth Ann. When Livy enters her grandmother's house, she really cannot remember a single thing that she did the last time she visited. Her grandmother offers her several items she claims Livy loved, but Livy's mind is blank. When Livy enters "her" be...
  • Kim
    Is Bob an alien? Is he a zombie? Whatever he is he is green and wearing a chicken suit (old fuzzy pajamas with feathers glued all over him). He has waited in Livy's closet at her grandmother's house in Australia for five years. And Livy does not remember him. When Livy goes back to visit her grandmother, she doesn't remember too much about her previous trip; she was only five, after all. Her grandmother shows her some of her favorite treasures le...