If you are like me and can’t get enough of the lovable orange tabby, Bob, you will be happy to know that a new picture book by Bob’s rescuer and companion, James Bowen, (and Garry Jenkins) is now available.
My Name is Bob is a book geared toward children, but any cat- or Bob-lover will enjoy it. Each page is a fully-colored illustration (by Gerald Kelley) with text overlay. It is reminiscent of the over-sized, quality, picture books I enjoyed growing up.
This short book imagines Bob’s beginnings before he and down-on-his-luck, street musician, James Bowen, saved each other.
NOTE: For young children, the section where Bob’s previous owner is taken away in an ambulance never to return could be paraphrased when reading the book to them, as this section could evoke questions parents aren’t ready to answer.
Though Bob’s previous home life as well as his life on the streets prior to Bowen finding him, injured and cowering in his building, are imagined, the trials and tribulations Bob faces are most likely close to the truth for any cat lost in a big city. With this in mind, My Name is Bob offers several teachable moments for children with regard to the abandonment and rescue of animals.
In addition to the exquisite illustrations, two full pages of photographs of Bob and Bowen are included at the end of the book.
My Name is Bob is available from both Barnes and Noble and Amazon and reasonably priced below the retail ($16.99 U.S.) at $12.27. The only decision you will need to make is whether or not you want your own personal copy when you purchase the book for all the other cat lovers in your life.
To read my review of A Street Cat Named Bob, which focuses on Bob’s life after his rescue, click on the title.
Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this review other than a copy of the book, and opinions expressed are mine alone.
That sounds like a great book for children 🙂
My mom-person shall try to read the adult version on her summer holiday.
That is a wonderful review of what sounds like a great story and book, love the idea of the big story book with photos too.
This sounds like a lovely book.
That sounds like a great book! Very nice review. Thanks for sharing.
Kitty-kisses to Astrid from Sampson, and hugs from all of us!
We’ve heard so many great things about this book!!!
What a wonderful story…we’ll have to get our paws on it!
Pawesome review! We love street cat Bob! Now we’re going to go catch up on things with you, since our human had been out of town *sigh*.
I love Street Cat Bob. We won one of his books but I bet TW lost it before she read it. Sigh.
What a pawsum sounding book!! We finkz young Hu’Man kitz shuud bee tot earlee on to bee guud to 4 leggedz n treet dem propurrlee.
Maybee den when dey grow up dey bettur frown peepz n take bettur care of 4 leggedz 😉
Lub to all me Sisfurz n Brofur n Aunti Janet too <3
Nylablue =^..^= n Mum too xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
We like Bob! We will check this book out 🙂
Very good review, looks like a great book.
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses ♥♥♥
I love Bob and can’t wait to get my copy!
We are sure this is a great book,especially if there are small children. Very good review.
♥Angels Abby & Grace♥
Sounds good! It’s always a love story when pets and humans help one another out during low points in their lives! Our Mama is home now! We are all caught up with you! Congrats to your Papa on that wonderful award. He is a hard worker and it’s wonderful he was honoured with an award. Our Mama says she loved meeting and spending time with your Mama at BP. Your Mama is truly special!
the critters in the cottage xo
All the peeps I know who have read this book have been adults. It’s a book for all ages, I should think. I just don’t know a lot of little peepers.
Bob’s story is so touching, it sounds like a wonderful book. We hope you are having a Happy Memorial Day!
Sounds like a really sweet book……….The story of Bob has always left a lump in my throat which I’m SURE would be reinforced by reading the book……there’s something about REAL “happy forever afters” that I love….and this is one – I hope! THanks for the review………
ooops! How did Dakota comment above? MOL!
With the well over 100 books I have reviewed on both blogs, this one is one that has yet to come my way, sounds like a winner
Looks like a great read and that is one cute cover. Have a great Memorial Day and a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly
This sounds like a good book. Thanks for the review.
We hear that Bob is one cool dude!
A good review and we will recommend this to Dad so he can read this uplifting story.
Looks like a wonderful book! We are big fans of James Bowen and Bob!
I love this story! My first Maine Coon was “Bob” (1982).