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ARC Review: Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead


Pages: 208
Genre: Children/Fantasy
Publication Date:
May 1, 2018
Story Perspective: Alternating First-Person
Themes: Rekindling Friendship, Imagination, Magic, Family, Helping One Another, Drought, Farm Life

This book was given for free, courtesy by NetGalley 
and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.


After five years away, Livy returns back to Australia, with her mom and sister, to visit her grandmother. Since Livy was only five-years-old last time she visited, her memory of that time is fleeting.

However, the one thing she would never have thought about forgetting is a small, green non-zombie creature, wearing a chicken suit, living in her mom’s childhood closet. Who would forget something like that? Unfortunately, she did. Chicken-suit-wearing Bob has been waiting in that same closet for five years for Livy to return.

As Livy and Bob rekindle their friendship, their mission continues to learn how Bob can return home, wherever that may be and to understand why is it that Livy seems to continually forget about Bob’s existence? 

my review

Such an adorable and sweet story! All the characters are likable and relatable. Livy is a sweet young girl trying to feel comfortable in a place she barely remembers, and all loyal and good-natured Bob wants is to find home again. I absolutely loved reading about their rekindling friendship.

The story flowed so well, which made this into a quick and enjoyable read. On the one hand, the tale is simple and easy-to-follow, but on the other, there are some little nuggets sprinkled throughout that makes the reader think about a few things – what really happened when Livy and Bob first met? Where is Bob from? Why can’t he remember? What is the significance of their relationship? All of these are answered in a fairly satisfying way. Its conclusion held a nice twist that I thought was very fitting.

Though this book is geared toward children, I did find some plot holes here. The story jumps right in without much background building of Livy and her family. There were a few chapters where I wondered if Livy’s parents were divorced, how long were they going to spend in Australia, and what were those bank statements Grandma was getting and were they resolved? I think we can all make the assumption what those bank statements entailed and perhaps the resolution, but it was never explicitly said and was barely discussed. Perhaps this was done on purpose to help children with their inferencing skills.

Overall, Bob was an adorable book and I’m so happy that I was given the opportunity to read this via NetGalley and the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group! I do want to mention that I commend the authors in being able to come together to write a cohesive and smooth story.

My Rating4 stars


I would highly recommend Bob to children (and adults who are children at heart) who enjoy reading stories about sweet friendships and some magic.

Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
14 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!

3 thoughts on “ARC Review: Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead

  1. This looks so cute! I can already imagine what Bob looks like and the picture in the book really makes him look even more adorable ❤ I always like reading about friendship and childhood and its significance. It's almost like a whimsical time we can never go back to. It actually sounds like this book has some magical realism going on, which is super nice. Wonderful review, Heidi! 🙂

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