Chickens and Chess

I’m going to keep this one short and sweet, just like its title.  Bob, by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, is a cute story about almost eleven-year-old Livy.  It’s been five years since she last visited her grandmother in Australia.  She can’t remember much from her stay, until she walks into her old room.  This is where she finds her long forgotten little green friend, Bob.

At first it seems like Bob is an imaginary friend, except the story is partly told from his point of view.  The years he spent waiting for Livy involved hiding in the closet and reading the dictionary.  He still wears the chicken costume that Livy made for him back then.

Together, they work to unravel his true home, and are ultimately able to get him back to where he belongs.  But not without leaving a lasting imprint upon one another.

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