AUDIO
Bob
MASS, Wendy & . 3 CDs. 3:03 hrs. Listening Library. May 2018. ISBN 9780525631484. $30. digital download.
COPY ISBN
Gr 3–7—After a five-year absence, 10-year-old Livy returns to visit Gran Nicholas in Australia and rediscovers Bob, the short, quirky green creature in her closet. As Gran and her neighbors struggle with a drought, Livy and Bob are trying to help Bob find his way home. Unraveling tales that include her falling in a well and looking for a buried time capsule, Livy and Bob become a team. There's magic that keeps Bob hidden from adults and a real search when neighbor child Danny goes missing. Narrators Nora Hunter and Bob Dircks bring the magical and human characters together with humor and mystery, though Dircks's Australian accent is occasionally unconvincing.
VERDICT This lighthearted mix of family, fantasy, and friendship adds a serious note about global climate dilemmas.

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