by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
Bob is an extraordinary, magical, and fictitious book that has become one of my favorites. Every other chapter is told from Livy’s point of view, while the others are told from Bob’s point of view. This story teaches about true friendship between a girl and an interesting creature.
Ten-year-old Olivia (Livy) has not visited her grandmother in Australia in five years. Livy is back at Gran’s house now, but she can’t remember a thing about Gran’s house. But Livy has a feeling that she forgot something really important about it. She was right about that.
Bob, a short, mysterious, and greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit, didn’t forget about Livy at all. He’s been waiting all these five years for Livy to come back, hiding in a closet like Livy had told him to do. He has no idea and can’t remember who or what he is, where he came from, or if he even has a family. Five years ago, when Livy was five, she had promised Bob that they would find his home when Livy returns to Australia. Livy had said she would return soon, but five years isn’t soon. Now that Livy’s back, it’s her job to do what she had promised.
Livy unexpectedly opens the closet and sees Bob and then she remembers him. Then Livy and Bob figure out some clues by remembering certain objects in Gran’s house the last time Livy was there. Before Livy saw Bob, she didn’t remember those objects. Now that they met again, Livy is remembering them, and those objects all have something to do with Bob. The clues help them find the mysteries of what Bob is and where he came from. Later on, Livy and Bob figure out that Bob is a character in a storybook and is a “well dweller”. Well dwellers live in tunnels in between wells from all over the world. They provide rain, and Australia hasn’t gotten any rain in years. It is so bad that Gran has to actually share water with a neighbor. Therefore, Bob came from the bottom of the well in Gran’s yard.
Carrying the storybook, Livy and Bob find another well in the woods. Then, after some magic, Bob’s mother comes out of the well. She thanks Livy for bringing Bob home and keeping him safe. But, before Bob and Livy could even say goodbye to each other, Bob’s mother takes Bob with her and they jump down into the well. A few seconds later, Bob’s mother made it rain. There wasn’t any rain in years because Bob was missing. But, in return for bringing Bob back, the well dwellers made it rain in Australia again.
That night, Bob wanted to say a last goodbye to Livy. So he climbed out of the well that was at Gran’s house and went to Livy’s room, who was sleeping. Bob whispers to her, “See you in five years”.
I wonder if there will be a continuation of Bob. I’m curious if Livy will return to Australia or sooner and if there will be more mysteries about Bob to solve. I’d love to continue reading about Livy and Bob. I’m very impressed with the cover art, and the story was as good as the cover art looked. I think that this magnificent book is for everyone. Even my mom said she’s going to try it.