Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
Feiwel & Friends, 2018
Source: E-Galley, Library
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 who—or what—he 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.
If Holes by Louis Sachar (also a movie) and the movie Home (based on the book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex) had a baby, you would get Bob. I think what this means is that Bob is a cinematic story, and is destined to be a film.
In spite of the fact that I loved both of those stories, I wasn't a big fan of Bob. I enjoyed the illustrations, the mystery, and the fairy tale-like quality of the story. However, the writing just didn't grab me. I'm sure that kids will LOVE it and I understand why there has been so much buzz for it. It's well done, it just wasn't for me.