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Annotation: Visiting her grandmother in Australia for the first time in five years, ten-year-old Livy remembers the promise she made to Bob, a mysterious green creature hiding in Gran's closet, to help him discover who he is.
Catalog Number: #160829
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Gannon, Nicholas,
Pages: 201 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-250-16662-4 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-1284-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-250-16662-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-1284-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017041215
Dimensions: 19 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
While visiting her grandmother in Australia, ten-year-old Livy rediscovers a weird, green, diminutive creature--Bob--and vows to help figure out who Bob is and how she'd forgotten him. Chapters alternate between Livy's and Bob's perspectives. The text is filled with warmth and humor, and occasional interspersed illustrations, monochromatic and golden-brown, provide an old-timey feel. Friendship, family, and ruminations on home--plus some magic--should appeal to creature-fantasy fans.
Publishers Weekly
Ten-year-old Livy, who lives in Massachusetts, hasn-t visited her Gran Nicholas-s house in Australia for five years. When she returns for a visit, Livy is struck by the feeling that something very important is waiting for her. Sure enough, a peek inside her closet reveals -a small zombie wearing a chicken suit,- perched atop a dictionary. -You-re back. Took you long enough,- the creature says to the girl. Once upon a time, it seems, five-year-old Livy discovered this strange being, who goes by the comically understated name of Bob, and the two formed a secret bond. Picking up where they left off, Livy keeps Bob hidden while they hunt for clues about what he is, where he came from, and how to get him home. Authors Mass (the Willow Falls series) and Stead (Goodbye Stranger) team up for this irresistible tale of magic, mystery, and friendship that poses timeless questions about identity and belonging. Ultimately, the answers Livy and Bob seek are waiting in the pages of a cherished book-a tribute to the power of storytelling, which draws readers into the imaginative investigation. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. Authors- agents: (for Stead) Faye Bender, the Book Group; (for Mass) Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown Ltd. Illustrator-s agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (May)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Traveling to her grandmother's drought-stricken, rural Australian community after an absence of five years, Livy remembers little about her previous visit. But when she opens her bedroom's closet door, Bob short, skinny, green creature in a bedraggled chicken suit oks up at her and says, "You're back. Took you long enough." They rebuild their friendship while Livy helps Bob figure out what kind of creature he is (not a zombie, as five-year-old Livy had supposed) and how he can find his way home. She has questions: Why don't adults seem to notice Bob? Why does she forget him when they're apart? Clearly magic plays a part in the story and its climax, bringing reunions, farewells, and rain, rain, rain. The very readable first-person narration alternates between Livy's voice and Bob's, and seen within well-realized settings, these endearing characters and their friendship drive the novel. Stead, whose When You Reach Me (2009) won the Newbery Medal, and Mass, author of the beloved Willow Falls series, combine their considerable talents to create an unusual fantasy with simplicity, immediacy, and wit. Illustrations (not seen) will appear throughout the finished volume.
Word Count: 29,005
Reading Level: 3.9
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.9 / points: 4.0 / quiz: 194780 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.3 / points:8.0 / quiz:Q73514
Lexile: 590L
Guided Reading Level: Z+
<i>And standing on top of the dictionary is a small zombie wearing a chicken suit. He's rubbing his eyes, a Lego pirate clutched in one green hand. When his eyes adjust to the light, he uses them to look me up and down. <br>Then he says, 'You're back. Took you long enough.'</i>

Excerpted from Bob by Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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"New York Times"-bestselling authors Mass and Stead, two masterminds of classic, middle-grade fiction, come together to craft this magical story about the enduring power of friendship and a girl who helps an old friend find home. Illustrations.

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