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Monday, December 14, 2020

Bob A Heartwarming Sequel to The One and Only Ivan

(Image from Barnes & Noble)

Once upon a time, a group of animals lived at a forgotten roadside attraction called the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade.  Now that they've all been rescued, Ivan the gorilla and Ruby the baby elephant live at a sanctuary.  Bob, their canine friend, was taken home by Julia, the daughter of the mall's janitor.  He gets to visit his friends frequently, but it's not quite the same.  Still, there's lots to be said for the domesticated life—plenty of food; lots of belly rubs; a safe, warm bed; etc.  For a "mutt of uncertain heritage" (5), it's not a bad life. 

One day as Bob is visiting Ivan and Ruby, an oncoming hurricane starts wreaking havoc on the sanctuary and its animals.  Bob is separated from Julia in the chaos.  As he tries to help the distressed sanctuary residents, the canine makes a startling discovery—someone he thought was gone forever might still be alive.  Bob can't believe it, but he has to find out if the dog in question is really his long-lost sister.  Is it possible?  Can Bob save his litter mate from being caught in the storm?  Or will she rescue him from a life of domesticated boredom?  When push comes to shove, what does family really mean?  Where does Bob truly belong?

If you, like me, loved The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, then you're going to enjoy its sequel as well.  The One and Only Bob is an upbeat, heartwarming story featuring a funny, fast-"talking" hero who will make you smile.  Although the novel isn't as thoughtful and wise as Ivan, it still tells a sweet, uplifting story that teaches some good lessons about family, forgiveness, and friendship.  Through Bob's actions in the tale, it also shows that anyone—no matter how small—can be a hero.


If this were a movie, it would be rated:

for violence, scenes of peril, and scary situations

To the FTC, with love:  I bought a copy of The One and Only Bob with a portion of the millions I make from my lucrative career as a book blogger.  Ha ha.


  1. This sounds like both a touching and a heartwarming story. I've not heard of this author before so thanks for sharing, Susan!

    1. If you like MG novels, you HAVE to read Applegate. She's written some great ones :)

  2. I never knew The One and Only Ivan had a sequel. Now I have to check it out! :D

    Would you ever consider doing a review of "The Map to Everywhere" by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis? That book is one of my favorites and I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!

  3. This sounds very sweet. And, positive books really are necessary right now.


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