The One and Only Bob
Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister with the help of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby. As a hurricane approaches and time is running out, Bob finds courage he never knew he had and learns the true meaning of friendship and family.

The One and Only Bob Details

TitleThe One and Only Bob
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 5th, 2020
PublisherHarperCollins
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GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Animals, Fiction, Fantasy

The One and Only Bob Review

  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusBob survives on his own, thank you very much, but it's kind of nice to have Julia and her comfortable house now that Ivan and Ruby have been moved to the zoo. Since Julia's father now works at the zoo, which is just down the street, the two are able to sneak in and visit Ruby and Ivan. During one trip, the weather is bad but takes a horrible turn. A tornado touches down, making Bob fly through the air and land in the giraffe enclosure. It also damages many of the E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusBob survives on his own, thank you very much, but it's kind of nice to have Julia and her comfortable house now that Ivan and Ruby have been moved to the zoo. Since Julia's father now works at the zoo, which is just down the street, the two are able to sneak in and visit Ruby and Ivan. During one trip, the weather is bad but takes a horrible turn. A tornado touches down, making Bob fly through the air and land in the giraffe enclosure. It also damages many of the barriers keeping the animals separated and collapses some buildings. Bob's first concern is his two friends; he finds Ruby quickly, but Ivan is trapped under a building. Luckily, the humans are able to free him, and the zoo staff work to get the animals to safety while trying to corral the ones that are loose. Bob does his best to help, and even has a run in with Kimu, the wolf. When Bob hears a bark that sounds familiar, he heads out of the zoo, only to be captured by the police and taken to the shelter. There, he meets someone from his past (I don't want to spoil things) who sends him on a rescue mission that helps dispel some of his personal demons. The storm forces Bob to reevaluate his life and the friends who are important to him, and gives him an even deeper appreciation for his life with Julia.Strengths: My students are huge fans of The One and Only Ivan, and they are already looking forward to this one. Bob is my favorite character, so it was very satisfying to have all of his concerns addressed. There is just enough about his everyday life before the storm hits, and then it is an action packed adventure, which I didn't expect. The interactions between the different animals are all interesting; sometimes funny, sometimes touching, sometimes sad. I'm usually not a big fan of character driven novels, but Applegate does a good job at showing us Bob's philosophical journey in the context of his physical one, and it all works beautifully.Weaknesses: Some readers might be disappointed that there isn't more about Ivan. What I really think: Definitely purchasing. May even get two copies, since the first book is on the Battle of the Books list this year. Hard to believe it has been eight years since Ivan was published!
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  • Jillian Heise
    January 1, 1970
    So much fun being back in this world, especially in Bob's head!
  • Darla
    January 1, 1970
    Remember that puppy in "The One and Only Ivan?" He has gotten his own book! As a hurricane approaches, Bob goes with George and Julia to visit the animal sanctuary. After seeing his best friend Ivan and sidekick Ruby, a tornado unexpectedly separates them all. Bob narrates this tale of searching and finding as our old friends reel from the tornado destruction and Hurricane Gus batters the area. Katherine Applegate uses short chapters and dog lingo to place us firmly in Bob's world. A canine glos Remember that puppy in "The One and Only Ivan?" He has gotten his own book! As a hurricane approaches, Bob goes with George and Julia to visit the animal sanctuary. After seeing his best friend Ivan and sidekick Ruby, a tornado unexpectedly separates them all. Bob narrates this tale of searching and finding as our old friends reel from the tornado destruction and Hurricane Gus batters the area. Katherine Applegate uses short chapters and dog lingo to place us firmly in Bob's world. A canine glossary at the end educates us on any unfamiliar terms like "bed boogie," "FRAP," and "rhymes-with-pet-threat." This fully deserving of a "crazy mutt." Don't forget that the movie adaptation of "Ivan" is due to release in August.Thank you to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Shaye Miller
    January 1, 1970
    2013 Newbery Medal winner The One and Only Ivan stole my heart, so I was super excited when The One and Only Bob was available this week through Overdrive audiobooks. Narrated by Danny DeVito, this story is told by Ivan’s little canine friend, Bob. I won’t spoil the details of the story, except to say that I love how this one spends some wonderful time examining courage and regrets.“I was afraid. A coward. There’s a certain freedom that comes with owning your faults.”But there are also important 2013 Newbery Medal winner The One and Only Ivan stole my heart, so I was super excited when The One and Only Bob was available this week through Overdrive audiobooks. Narrated by Danny DeVito, this story is told by Ivan’s little canine friend, Bob. I won’t spoil the details of the story, except to say that I love how this one spends some wonderful time examining courage and regrets.“I was afraid. A coward. There’s a certain freedom that comes with owning your faults.”But there are also important lessons in forgiveness — forgiveness of others AND especially of one’s self. I still think book #1 is my favorite, but I wish I’d re-read it just before starting this one. Kids will definitely connect with Bob and be excited to learn more about what’s going on with Ivan and Ruby.For more children's literature, middle grade literature, and YA literature reviews, feel free to visit my personal blog at The Miller Memo!
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  • Skip
    January 1, 1970
    For me, this was a huge letdown from The One and Only Ivan, which was based on a true story. 2.5 stars, rounded up. I did not care for the silly dog stuff, which comprised the first third of the book: it's been done before and done better although I did like the Bob illustrations, which reminded me of Jock, the Scottish Terrier, from Disney's Lady and the Tramp. Thank goodness, Bob finally got to the local zoo, where he could be with Ivan the gorilla and Ruby, the baby elephant. When disaster st For me, this was a huge letdown from The One and Only Ivan, which was based on a true story. 2.5 stars, rounded up. I did not care for the silly dog stuff, which comprised the first third of the book: it's been done before and done better although I did like the Bob illustrations, which reminded me of Jock, the Scottish Terrier, from Disney's Lady and the Tramp. Thank goodness, Bob finally got to the local zoo, where he could be with Ivan the gorilla and Ruby, the baby elephant. When disaster strikes, readers are finally provided with a plot as Bob and friends spring into action. I was disappointed that Applegate did not illustrate the creative elephant rescue of the baby gorilla, engineered by Ruby or the chaotic scenes at the shelter.
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  • Gemma
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this, it was great to have a follow up on Bob after The one and only Ivan. I hope there are more books to come with these characters.
  • Michelle Glatt
    January 1, 1970
    Heartfelt and beautiful and destined to be as beloved as its predecessor.
  • Gerardine Betancourt
    January 1, 1970
    "Maybe it's easy to forgive others once you learned how to forgive yourself"Katherine Applegate you did it again. You created a beautiful book that makes anyone who reads it cry.In this book we follow Bob the dog from the first book, who is lost in the sanctuary after a tornado separates him from julia while visiting his friends Ruby and the one and only Ivan. If you like the first one you will love this second book. i think everyone should read this books at least one time in their life.thanks "Maybe it's easy to forgive others once you learned how to forgive yourself"Katherine Applegate you did it again. You created a beautiful book that makes anyone who reads it cry.In this book we follow Bob the dog from the first book, who is lost in the sanctuary after a tornado separates him from julia while visiting his friends Ruby and the one and only Ivan. If you like the first one you will love this second book. i think everyone should read this books at least one time in their life.thanks to edelweiss and Harper Collins for this E arc in exchange for a honest review
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this so much, maybe even more than The One and Only Ivan! Might be biased because this one is from a dog’s perspective, but it’s just so good. Really great themes and messages too, about forgiveness of yourself and others, and how the less fortunate aren’t that way because they don’t work hard, but more because of bad circumstances and/or luck. Definitely recommend this book to kids and adults!
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  • Theresa Grissom
    January 1, 1970
    A HUGE thank you to Edelweiss Plus for an advanced copy of this book.A million hearts to this book. I forgot how much I loved Ivan until I read this. Beautifully written, practically impossible to put down, I will be broke purchasing enough copies of this for my elementary library to satisfy the needs of all the students at my school. Thank you Katherine Applegate for writing this.
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    This was just as heartwarming, endearing, nerve-racking, and lovable of a book as The One and Only Ivan was. I loved Bob already going into this, and I love him even more after finishing it up. He is a tough dog who has been though a lot in his life, and yet he still has this soft and caring side to him that he tries desperately to hide but can't. This book showed that we can all work together through the worst of times, despite our background or makeup. The animals worked together to help each This was just as heartwarming, endearing, nerve-racking, and lovable of a book as The One and Only Ivan was. I loved Bob already going into this, and I love him even more after finishing it up. He is a tough dog who has been though a lot in his life, and yet he still has this soft and caring side to him that he tries desperately to hide but can't. This book showed that we can all work together through the worst of times, despite our background or makeup. The animals worked together to help each other out after, and during, the storm, even when they would normally fight or devour each other. Animals are capable of doing something that some humans aren't. We could learn a lot from the lessons within this fantastic book...just like we did with Bob and his story.
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  • Victor The Reader
    January 1, 1970
    The One and Only Bob: My Kindle ReviewApplegate’s sequel to the heartwarming “The One and Only Ivan” has Ivan’s dog friend Bob as the main focus. Taking place after the first book, we follow him and his friends in their new homes and a few surprises occur that involve his past, present and possibly his future. Bob’s story has a more humorous and clever tone than Ivan’s, mainly in the first half, but it definitely gets emotional as we learn more about Bob’s past and as the story progresses. It se The One and Only Bob: My Kindle ReviewApplegate’s sequel to the heartwarming “The One and Only Ivan” has Ivan’s dog friend Bob as the main focus. Taking place after the first book, we follow him and his friends in their new homes and a few surprises occur that involve his past, present and possibly his future. Bob’s story has a more humorous and clever tone than Ivan’s, mainly in the first half, but it definitely gets emotional as we learn more about Bob’s past and as the story progresses. It serves as another incredible fable from Applegate about family and friendships, with a lovable dog named Bob. A (100%/Outstanding)
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  • Cristina Quattrone
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read The One and Only Ivan to 160 children over the last 5 years. I cry every time I read it, and it touches the hearts of ten year olds without fail. The characters are beloved and the messages are powerful. You can imagine my anticipation and anxiety when the sequel came out!I was close to giving it 3 stars before page 240. For the first 150 pages, Applegate just fills readers in on the plot of OAOI, but (infuriatingly) changes parts (the elephant enclosure was never next to the gorilla e I’ve read The One and Only Ivan to 160 children over the last 5 years. I cry every time I read it, and it touches the hearts of ten year olds without fail. The characters are beloved and the messages are powerful. You can imagine my anticipation and anxiety when the sequel came out!I was close to giving it 3 stars before page 240. For the first 150 pages, Applegate just fills readers in on the plot of OAOI, but (infuriatingly) changes parts (the elephant enclosure was never next to the gorilla enclosure!!) This is annoying.Then you need to read another 100 pages before you even get to the plot that’s advertised on the back of the book! That being said...the last 3rd is classic Applegate. It made me ugly cry and drove home important lessons about forgiveness and the way we should always believe in the well of goodness in humans and animals, even when our experiences shake those beliefs. I know my past students will still love it...if they can make it 2/3 of the way through!
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  • Heather Moore
    January 1, 1970
    “Maybe it’s easier to forgive others once you’ve learned how to forgive yourself. I’m working on it. It’s like a bone. Sometime you have to chew for a long time before you make any progress.” Bob, the street-smart dog, was my 12 year old’s fave when we read The One and Only Ivan together last year, so when Bob got his own book we were all over that. His tale is one of forgiveness and grit which translates into a lot of heart. We loved it so, so much!
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  • Jonas
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely Amazing! Heartwarming and Heroic! You don't have to read The One and Only Ivan to enjoy this book. What a journey! Bob faces many challenges and obstacles in this book, but the biggest is confronting his past. This is a story of confronting fear, the power of family/friendship, coming together to help others in need, and above all forgiveness. I have read many books about dogs since adopting our rescue puppy, but this was on my list long before then. I wasn't sure how the characters c Absolutely Amazing! Heartwarming and Heroic! You don't have to read The One and Only Ivan to enjoy this book. What a journey! Bob faces many challenges and obstacles in this book, but the biggest is confronting his past. This is a story of confronting fear, the power of family/friendship, coming together to help others in need, and above all forgiveness. I have read many books about dogs since adopting our rescue puppy, but this was on my list long before then. I wasn't sure how the characters could come together and interact, but the author does this in a masterful and believable way. Katherine Applegate has a gift for capturing big moments, strong themes, and issues we all struggle with in poetic, sparse text. This is going to be a long-time favorite for readers of all ages. Warning: have a box of tissues handy!
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    I recently attended a virtual workshop sponsored by School Library Journal and received an electronic ARC from Harper Collins for an honest review. I appreciated being able to read this early, but I will have to read a real copy, so that I can see the illustrations of Bob, and his crew. Just a truly enjoyable adventure story about Bob, Ruby, and Ivan, and a whole new cast of characters.
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    This book was great. It was a great sequel to The One And Only Ivan. Bob was a great narrator. In the beginning, he would always talk about random things, and I would be wondering why he was talking about it, but it all was needed in the end. I am thankful that I got this book through a giveaway prior to the public release of this book. It was a great read!
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  • Melanie Dulaney
    January 1, 1970
    It’s tough to read the companion to a near perfect book. Expectations are high and so are fears that the new one just won’t measure up. “Bob” didn’t start off with a bang for me, but the story and the accompanying warm fuzzy feeling grew with every page until I was completely sucked in and, by the end, gave it that sigh of satisfaction that means a 5 star rating. The shorter length and the interesting spacing and chapter divisions will make “Bob” far more accessible to readers in the 3rd to 6th It’s tough to read the companion to a near perfect book. Expectations are high and so are fears that the new one just won’t measure up. “Bob” didn’t start off with a bang for me, but the story and the accompanying warm fuzzy feeling grew with every page until I was completely sucked in and, by the end, gave it that sigh of satisfaction that means a 5 star rating. The shorter length and the interesting spacing and chapter divisions will make “Bob” far more accessible to readers in the 3rd to 6th grade who might be intimidated by the length of Applegate’s award-winning “One and Only Ivan.” And with the main character being a loveable canine, I would not be surprised if readership of this sequel exceeds the first book. Highly recommended with no content reservations. Thanks for the dARC, Edelweiss.
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  • Laura Gardner
    January 1, 1970
    5⭐️ I’m so glad Bob got his own story! Dog lovers in particular will looooooove this one. ...Danny Devito is a wonderful narrator and I can’t wait to see the One and Only Ivan movie now. 🍿 🎥 🐘 🐕 ...Probably best read with no expectations that it will be like IVAN. I’d call this a companion novel rather than a sequel. Bob is cantankerous, smelly, and a fabulous friend. ❤️Ivan and Ruby ARE included, albeit briefly. ...#middleschoollibrarian #middleschoollibrary #library #librarian #futurereadylibs 5⭐️ I’m so glad Bob got his own story! Dog lovers in particular will looooooove this one. ...Danny Devito is a wonderful narrator and I can’t wait to see the One and Only Ivan movie now. 🍿 🎥 🐘 🐕 ...Probably best read with no expectations that it will be like IVAN. I’d call this a companion novel rather than a sequel. Bob is cantankerous, smelly, and a fabulous friend. ❤️Ivan and Ruby ARE included, albeit briefly. ...#middleschoollibrarian #middleschoollibrary #library #librarian #futurereadylibs #iteachlibrary #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #librariesofinstagram #librariansofinstagram #librariesfollowlibraries #librarylife #librarianlife #schoollibrarian #middlegrade #middlegradebooks #iteach #librarylove #booksbooksbooks #amreading #bibliophile #schoollibrariansrock #bookreview #bookrecommendation #igreads #malibrary #msla #mediaspecialist @kaaauthor
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  • ❀ Susan G
    January 1, 1970
    I loved reading The One and Only Ivan along with my youngest son who was studying it at school so was happy to see that there was a sequel featuring the indeed dog, Bob. This book takes place after the animals are moved from captivity in the mall and continues to highlight their unlikely friendships, kindness and love for others. It is a sweet sequel and I am glad that I read it. Reading kid lit seems to be the right thing during this pandemic and this book reinforces triumph over adversity whic I loved reading The One and Only Ivan along with my youngest son who was studying it at school so was happy to see that there was a sequel featuring the indeed dog, Bob. This book takes place after the animals are moved from captivity in the mall and continues to highlight their unlikely friendships, kindness and love for others. It is a sweet sequel and I am glad that I read it. Reading kid lit seems to be the right thing during this pandemic and this book reinforces triumph over adversity which is a message that we all need to read right now!
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  • Bonnie Grover
    January 1, 1970
    “When you’ve been through the worst with someone, you appreciate the best.” What a great reunion! Ivan, Bob, Ruby, George and Julia are just as I remembered them. I knew Bob was a story in himself and this book did not disappoint. Bob the scrappy stray comes to the rescue as a hurricane is fast approaching. I cannot wait to share this book with my reading friends.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    A little unbelievable, especially considering the original was based off a true story. I also think the author just threw in a few comments here and there to drive home a point that wasn't relevant to the story. I did LOVE Danny DeVito as the narrator of the audiobook. It makes me even more excited to see the movie of The One and Only Ivan!
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  • vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    This was enjoyable and entertaining. Bob is a fun character to follow, and Danny DeVito was an amazing addition to the audiobook! I think Ivan hits harder and I also didn't expect most of this to be about surviving a big weather event.
  • Mary Williams-Henderson
    January 1, 1970
    Once again Katherine Applegate has done something wonderful. Through her writing I’ve falling in love with a gorilla, 2 elephants, a tree, a huge imaginary cat, and now 2 dogs. I cherish her books.
  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    Bob is back!!! And so are Ivan, Ruby, and Julia! Fans of The One and Only Ivan are going to love Bob’s adventure in this book!
  • lucky little cat
    January 1, 1970
    Because my eyes are still smarting from all that crying over The One and Only Ivan. Because my eyes are still smarting from all that crying over The One and Only Ivan.
  • Heather Jensen
    January 1, 1970
    What a joy to fall back into the world of Ivan, Bob, and Stella! Bob demanded his own story from the minute he curled up on Ivan's belly. The bonds of friendship and family shine through in this exciting adventure! Thank you Katherine Applegate!
  • Jen Petro-Roy
    January 1, 1970
    As expected, stellar.
  • Kayla Leitschuh
    January 1, 1970
    If you loved The One and Only Ivan, then get ready for this sequel, which tugs at all the same heartstrings. I love these characters.
  • Jennifer Mangler
    January 1, 1970
    If I hadn't read and completely loved The One and Only Ivan, this book wouldn't have had much of an impact. If I hadn't already cared about Bob and Ivan and Stella and Julia, this book wouldn't have gotten me to care about them. And that makes me sad. It just doesn't stand on its own.
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