Book Spotlight: Bob

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Posted: October 20, 2018

Category: Staff Picks

A girl and a creature in an ugly chicken outfit sit under a treeLivy doesn’t remember very much about her grandmother in Australia. After all, it’s been five years since Livy last visited her. But the closer she gets to her grandmother’s farm, the more she realizes she does remember one thing.

She remembers a wrong chicken.

Upon arriving at her grandmother’s house, Livy heads up the stairs, into her bedroom, and towards the closet. When she opens the door, there in front of her is Bob, a short, cranky green creature wearing a shabby old chicken costume. Bob is a little miffed that Livy doesn’t remember him. After all, he’s been sitting in a dark closet waiting for her, just like she told him to, with only a dictionary and a thousand piece Lego pirate ship to keep him company.

But Livy found him five years ago, dressed him in a chicken costume (the perfect camouflage), and promised to help him find his way home. There’s just one problem. Bob can’t remember who he is, where he came from, or even exactly how he first met Livy. Livy doesn’t know either, and now that she’s older, she has her doubts about whether or not she can keep her promise. Where do they even begin?
Step by step, they unravel the mystery of Bob’s past. Who (or what) is Bob? Where is his family, and why haven’t they come for him? Why can’t Bob remember anything—and why did Livy forget about him so quickly after her last visit?

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead is a charming, amusing, and touching story about friendship, with a little magical mystery thrown in. It is shelved upstairs in the juvenile fiction section of the Children’s Department under J MAS.

If you like Bob, you might enjoy Me and Marvin Gardens by A. S. King.

Obe Devlin’s best friends have abandoned him, and the family farm is being slowly overrun by developers. When he meets a bizarre creature near the creek, Obe and the animal—Marvin Gardens—become fast friends, but their friendship is soon threatened by the developers, Obe’s former pals, and a troubling discovery.

Me and Marvin Gardens is also shelved in the juvenile fiction section.

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