- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 590 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (May 1, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250166624
- ISBN-13: 978-1250166623
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A delightfully whimsical tale that begs to be read with a friend. Don't miss Bob." ―The Christian Science Monitor
"This is a welcome addition to the middle-grade canon and will likely become a classic. Bob deserves readership beyond middle grade."--San Francisco Book Review
"Authors Mass and Stead team up for this irresistible tale of magic, mystery, and friendship that poses timeless questions about identity and belonging...a tribute to the power of storytelling.."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"An unusual fantasy with simplicity, immediacy, and wit."--Booklist, starred review
"Five years ago, Livy left her friend Bob, who she describes as a zombielike creature, in the closet of her grandmother’s house in Australia without saying goodbye. Bob has loyally awaited Livy’s return, dressed in the chicken suit she made to disguise him, and hopeful about the promise she made to help him find his way home, wherever that may be. ... A perfectly paced plot, supported by secondary characters to whom readers will relate and luminous artwork by Gannon, fill out a story that readers will eagerly embrace."--School Library Journal, starred review
"Offer[s] just the right blend of mystery and cozy magic in a rewarding story about how friendships―and people―evolve over time."--Bookpage
"Perfect for a family read-aloud, this has short chapters, occasional illustrations and a heartwarming conclusion."--Providence Journal
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.
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There are just enough details to give the reader a mental image, and to keep younger readers engaged, which also allows readers to draw some conclusions on their own as the story draws to its climax, and the solution to the mystery. Clues are doled out gradually, and the pace is very satisfying. While I think this book would be enjoyed at many levels, I do think 3rd-5th graders would probably appreciate it most. I can see it as a fun readaloud, a Book Club choice, and well-loved as an independent read. It is a unique story that I just adored, and can’t wait to share with readers!
Barbara A. Stewart