Monday, January 21, 2019
Bob, by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
Bob has a number of extraordinary powers. No one except Livy seems to be able to see Bob. The two of them can go outside with Bob wearing a ridiculous disguise which five year-old Livy made for him that makes Bob look like a chicken. And, after the five year interval, the two of them reestablish their connection. But while five year-old Livy accepted her friend as-is, ten year-old Livy wonders why Bob is here? And where did Bob come from? That search takes them on an adventure for ramifications much greater than childhood friendship.
Told in alternating viewpoints between Livy and Bob, this is a sweet middle-grade adventure. Sort of an outback ET, there is a really big moral lodged at the end, but the story itself is a fun adventure that is a joyful read. Quirky illustrations liven the text throughout.