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

  • 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
    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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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."
  • 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.....
  • 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.
  • Katie
    I'm not sure how this will play for kids, but as an adult, I expected it to pack more of a punch.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Abby Johnson
    What an odd little book! When Livy goes with her mom and new little sister to spend some time visiting grandma in Australia, she finds she has almost no memories of being there five years before. Until she finds Bob waiting patiently in her closet. Bob is a... well, they're not too sure what Bob is. He's small and has green skin and doesn't have to eat (though he likes to!) or sleep very much. And five-year-old Livy told Bob to stay in the closet...
  • 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!
  • DaNae
    A sweet, gentle tale surrounding a persnickety, mystery chicken.
  • KWinks
    This was absolutely adorable! I loved it.
  • 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.
  • Kelly
    I would feel really good if this won the Newbery Award next year! Thank you NetGalley for the privilege of reading this book!
  • Kary H.
    I found this book to be quirky, endearing, intriguing, and a wonderful read. Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead do a fabulous job of capturing Livy and Bob, the not-zombie chicken who has lived in the closet of her bedroom in Livy's Gran's house in Australia for 5 years, just waiting for Livy to return. When Livy does return, so do some of her memories about Bob, how they found each other, and how he can return to his own home. I found this just perfec...
  • Tara
    In this middle grade novel, Livy goes from the U.S. to Australia to visit her grandmother for the first time in years. She is disappointed that she has forgotten so much, even a small green not-zombie who she apparently promised to help find his way home. Bob waited five years in the bedroom closet for Livy’s return. Together, they learn about friendship, family, memory, and promises. The story is fun and the characters are memorable. *Read via...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.