by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass
Bob is an imaginative story about a girl named Olivia (Livy) who goes to Australia to visit her grandmother, and finds a friendly creature named Bob in the closet. Bob knows Livy, but remembers her differently, having been friends with her 6 years prior when Livy was 5 years old. Last they saw each other, Livy told Bob to wait in the closet, but never returned for her. Now, Livy has to get to k now Bob all over again, and finds herself in the middle of mystery she can’t quite wrap her head around since she forgets Bob when she leaves the farm.
What I liked about this book was that I didn’t predict it. Often with stories for younger readers or middle graders, I predict how the story will end, and I don’t enjoy it quite as much since it doesn’t challenge me. This is a shorter story, but entertaining beginning to end. I was interested in Bob’s origin and circumstances, why Livy couldn’t remember him, and how he related to the drought that was causing everyone to lose their farms. I did not predict the ending. It is an enjoyable story with mystery, humor, and imagination. I found myself giggling at Bob’s antics and the witty inner thoughts of Bob and Livy.
What I didn’t like about this book was that it’s not out yet for me to share with my students. It’s one that I wanted to take to class and put into the hands of someone else immediately, but I’ll have to wait another few weeks. I know it might take some selling since my group this year gravitates towards realistic and historical fiction, but it is one they will enjoy once they give it a chance.
Book 64 of 40
(Book 30 of 2018)