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 whoor whathe 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.
|Publisher:||Feiwel & Friends|
|Edition description:||Signed Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Wendy Mass is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Candymakers series and many other novels for young readers, including the Schneider Family Book Award-winner A Mango-Shaped Space, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life (which was made into a feature film), Every Soul a Star, Pi in the Sky, the Twice Upon a Time series, and the Willow Falls series that began with 11 Birthdays. She and her family live in New Jersey.
Rebecca Stead is the New York Times-bestselling author of When You Reach Me, winner of the Newbery Medal; Liar & Spy; FirstLight; and Goodbye Stranger. Her work has been also been awarded the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Fiction and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award. She lives in New York City with her family and their lazy but beautiful cat.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book!!! It kept my interest from the beginning to the end. The story is very original I was sure I had it figured out right away but it turned out I didn’t. The authors are very good storytellers they kept me guessing until the very end and a great ending it was!!! I highly recommend this book to any age because we can all learn something from it.
This was an AMAZING book that I could not put down once I started reading it. The book allows you to fall into a fantasy world where magically creatures do exist. There is an 11 year old girl named Livy who returns to her grandmothers house in Australia after a long 5 years to find out that she left behind a green creature named Bob. In the story, Livy and Bob are trying to figure out what he is as well as help him find his way home. Children reading this book would love it because of the fun whimsical feeling it provides when you read by making you imagine what the world could be like if magical creatures existed. There is also some strong important ideas in the story like the importance of friendship and loving the land you live on. The book has an internal logic and consistency that allows the impossible to seem real. The author does an amazing job of making the story of Bob seem plausible if there were a possibility of these creatures existing. The story begins extremely realistic following a girl not remembering anything about her trip 5 years prior. You could feel the stress the she felt when she was poked and prodded about trying to remember things that happened that she just does not remember anymore. Then as the story picks up she begins noticing things that jog her memory. This story line is something many people can relate to which adds to why this story could seem real. Even though one of the main character is some sort of creature, there is not an extreme amount of other fantasy objects involved which would overload the story making it seem impossible. There are also many real life elements that add to the feeling of reality, like having friends, dealing with droughts, and community issues. The author provides a unique imaginative setting. When the story first begins, the main setting is a closet which is definitely unique in my opinion. The closet is a home and safe place for Bob so he is always in and out of it and describes his life inside the closet. Another main setting is the well, there are two, these wells become extremely important to the story so I will not give details and ruin it! The author moves the setting beyond the realistic towards the end when the main setting shifts from the closet to the well. The closet setting is more realistic but when it moves to the well there is definitely magic in the air by being something you might not have imagined before. All in all, this is an AMAZING modern fantasy kids novel that I would read again and again!
I have mixed feelings about Bob. On one hand, I enjoyed the ending of Bob and I loved the imagination of the story of Bob, its what’s in the middle of the story that had me confused. The story begins with 11-year-old Livy, her mother and her baby sister visiting her grandmother overseas. Livy hasn’t visited her gran since she was 5 but they keep in touch with letters and phone calls as the family lives in Massachusetts. Nervous Livy stays with Gran as her mom shows off the baby to her childhood friends. As Livy visits the bedroom she stayed in during her last visit, she finds a zombie in a chicken suit, in the closet. He greets her like they’re old friends but Livy doesn’t remember anything about him. The zombie had waited for Livy, just like she asked, and now she was finally back. I laughed as he listed off what he did in the closet over the years, and as he talked to Livy commenting on how things have changed. Livy felt bad leaving him stuffed in the closet all those years yet he just wanted to continue where they had left off. I immediately took a liking to this zombie, as I found his honesty and his attention to detail, amusing and I realized he had a big heart. Told in alternate views, Livy and Bob tell the story of how Livy originally made the suit for Bob and how she was going to help him. I couldn’t figure out if Bob was imaginary or if he was real as I continued reading, for it seemed not everyone could actually see him. Bob loved food yet I wondered how he survived inside the closet for 5 years without it. Helping Bob becomes a mystery as they piece together what they each know and the clues they soon discover together. Bob becomes more adorable as he explores the world outside the closet. The last twenty-five pages or so, were the best for me. The novel exploded as the elements of the story came together and my questions were finally being answered. After studying Bob and doing fieldwork with them, help was finally on the way. This story reminded me of a legend or a folktale, as this story would be an excellent one to be passed down through the generations. I feel cheated out on some aspects of Bob and Livy and that’s why this is not a 5-star read for me. I think this novel is geared more towards younger readers and would make a great read aloud.
Livy and her family have come back to Australia to visit her grandmother. She has not been to see her in five years. Five years ago Livy was so young she does not really remember the last visit but some memories start to come back especially about a funny chicken?? It just so happens that “funny chicken” has been hiding in her old bedroom closet for five years waiting for Livy to help him find out who he is, what he is, and where he belongs. Bob called out to me immediately. The beautiful cover and well... the title of course. I loved the back and forth chapters of Livy narrating one and then Bob the next. The character Bob was adorable I felt so bad that he waited so long for her in that closet. Especially after finding out that grown-ups couldn’t see him. Poor little Bob. I also liked the fact that it sort of explains why Livy forgot and what she did to not forget again. Such a cute book! In a few reviews, I see that some were disappointed with Bob because they have read some of the other books the authors have written and this was different. I think when it is realized that this is a book for juveniles on the younger part of the spectrum than the book more enjoyable. Don’t expect this story to have a moral. Just a little comforting and entertaining read. I would say the age spectrum is baby to 8 or 9 years. The younger ones will love this as you read it aloud. It’s cute and not really scary. Bob has a place in my heart for sure.