Book review by Aarene Storms: Bob

Saturday, May 11, 2019

By Wendy Maas and Rebecca Stead

When 10-year-old Livy visits her Gran in Australia for the first time in 5 years, she doesn't remember much about her last visit. 

There were...chickens? And...a staircase? And there was...a green zombie in a chicken costume?

Wait. What?

This gentle middle-grade novel shares the story of Livy and her NOT-imaginary-friend Bob with the narration split between them. 

Who-- and what--is Bob? And why does Livy forget about him whenever she gets too far away?

The answers to these questions and others will remind readers of adventures with a Psammead, and with the other children in books by E. Nesbit, Edward Eager, and C.S. Lewis.

Highly recommended for readers ages 8 to adult.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


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