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By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Sensitive, suspenseful story of girl's little green friend.

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age 8+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 8+

Lovely introduction to a new favorite author!

My son and I first read this book together when he was only seven, and we both loved it. It's quirky and an intriguing mix between real life, emotions, and circumstances interlaced with fantastical elements that add surprise and mild suspense. He's since read Bob at least twice more on his own, and this sweetly moving story introduces us to the amazing Wendy Mass - in my opinion the most underrated, talented middle school author we've read! Start with Bob and then enjoy growing up with Wendy Mass and her amazing, emotional and beautiful YA stories from there ...
age 8+

Is It Any Good?

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This emotionally resonant book has smart, snappy narration and a strong fantasy element, but also manages to read like a highly suspenseful, page-turning mystery. Bob is written in the first person, with alternating chapters by two narrators, 10-year-old Livy and Bob, the little green man who's burrowed away in her closet. Both narrators have a breezy, colloquial delivery infused with humor, making them fun to read. For instance, when Livy suggests a bath, Bob resists, saying, "It's been five years. What's another few days?"

But it's the suspense that keeps readers turning the pages. Livy's not sure she remembers Bob from her visit years ago, but memories seep back slowly. Readers are kept wondering: Who is Bob? Is he real? Can other people see him? Why does Livy sometimes forget about him? When she was little, did he save her or did she save him? Other mysteries pop up, too. Why's Livy afraid to stay at sleepovers? And what happened when she last visited her grandmother? At points, readers may fear that something seriously traumatic happened, but no worries, the challenges Livy has weathered end up being the normal bumps of growing up. The book also has imaginative illustrations by Nicholas Gannon.

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