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The One and Only Bob

(The One and Only Ivan #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  9,392 ratings  ·  1,429 reviews
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.
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by HarperCollins
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Cailen Nope! Just finished it! Just trust it’s a good heart warming story!
Stella *star girl* It isn't better than the original, but it is really good and you should read it. It is about Bob trying to find his long-lost sister.…moreIt isn't better than the original, but it is really good and you should read it. It is about Bob trying to find his long-lost sister.(less)

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Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading The One and Only Ivan and learning that Bob would now get his own story, we couldn’t wait to read this.

In this story we follow our little four-legged friend, Bob, who’s now been adopted by Julia and lives a much better life. Here we learn some of his back story and also his perspective on life as a dog. He reflects on his sister who was lost when they were abandoned years ago and expresses some of the demons that still hang over him today. Luckily, Bob still gets to visit Ruby and
Montzalee Wittmann
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The One and Only Bob (The One and Only Ivan #2) by Katherine Applegate was a great sequel to Ivan. I don't think it was as heartbreaking, which I am thankful for, but it had plenty of emotions. Bob is the little pup from book one that Julia now keeps. A lot happens in here that Bob deals with, some deals with how he feels about himself. I very touching story! ...more
Ms. Yingling
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Bob 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
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
***The only thing that made me happy was the perfect, beautiful illustrations***

Yes, it's rare for me to actually hate a children's book.

But this book is not a good children's book.

This book is a mess. Like annoying and irritating bad mess. I think there's not much in this one. I wonder who has written this one. It cannot be the original author! The first book was so damn good!

Damn disappointing!

The story is so disconnected. And whatever the story there is - that hurricane thing?!- it doesn't
Jennifer Mangler
May 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grades
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. ...more
Jillian Heise
So much fun being back in this world, especially in Bob's head! ...more
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
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 ...more
MissBecka Gee
Adventure, humour and tragedy with cutie animals?

I totally get why this is up for an award.
Scrappy, opinionated, swift on his feet, and a keen observer, Bob takes centre stage and is charming and funny as all get out in this return to Ivan’s world.
Ivan and Ruby are here, too, but this is Bob’s story, and we’re treated to his opinions on everything from his vastly improved circumstances and his acquaintances in the neighbourhood and friends at the zoo.
After a terrible hurricane, Bob is reunited with someone from his past, and has to make a decision about whether he’s better off alone
Michael Finocchiaro
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After we adored The One and Only Ivan, my daughter and I breathlessly awaited the sequel about Bob and were not disappointed. Ivan and Ruby are of course at the zoo now and Bob is taken care of by Julia. However, a visit to see his friends happens just as a massive hurricane hits the town and spreads chaos everywhere. Naturally, our heroes will save the day and overcome their fears which is what makes the story so adorable and moving. An absolute gem for 8-10 year old readers! ...more
Mari Anne
Sadly, I don't feel like this one has lived up to the hype. While it contained some of the same characters as the first, the tone was drastically different. This one, instead of feeling educational, felt preachy and strident. Quite frankly it was boring and something I think the target audience might have a hard time getting through.

When you finally make it to where the plot actually begins, the action picks up and it becomes a much better book.

Sadly though I feel like it was almost too little
Liana Grace
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
The cutest - a definite must for fans of The One and Only Ivan.
“The what about Bob question is answered as we get to know more about one of Ivan’s besties.”

This was a cute story but not what I thought it was going to be. The charm of the first book did not carry over to the second and it lacked the heartstring tug that I needed. My daughter and I bonded over the first so when she found a sequel existed, she made it very clear we had to continue on the journey ASAP. She immediately started reading it the second we got home from the bookstore, but then c
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am so happy to dive into Bob's adventure! Plus it was super cute to see everyone that I loved all over again and exciting to meet some new characters! I've also really enjoyed Bob and Ivan's friendship so when I could get more of it - I didn't hesitate a second to dive into this book.

The One and Only Bob features a unexpected tornado that kind of flips their lives upside down. When they get reunited, I was just so happy but it was also bittersweet. Bob's only concern is Ruby and Ivan. So when
Shaye Miller
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am either a maniac or the bravest dog on the planet, probably a little of both. I hopped up onto that big, round, furry tummy of his.

That’s right. I climbed Mount Ivan.

Crazy, I know. I have no idea what I was thinking. Maybe I was so exhausted I went a little bonkers. Maybe he just looked so warm and cozy that I figured it was worth taking a chance.

I did my bed boogie. Dogs don’t feel right till we do a quick dance before settling.

Once I had things just so, I lay down in a little puppy lump
lucky little cat
Because my eyes are still smarting from all that crying over The One and Only Ivan. ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Barb Middleton
The audiobook is read by Danny DeVito and he does the character of Bob brilliantly. This was much funnier than I expected and captures the quirks of human relationships with their dogs. Throw in a natural disaster and you have tension and drama. Many themes prevail such as adoption, stewards of earth or environmentalism, friendship, abandonment, loyalty, etc. Well-written and highly recommended.
Fefyy Antela
"The way I understand things, it’s like this. We live on a lonely ball called Earth, and humans have basically been throwing it against the wall for so long that the poor ol’ ball is falling apart."

These books are SO BEAUTIFUL and yet SO REAL ✨

It never ceases to impress me how children's books usually have the strongest messages 🙌🏼


Also, can somebody please start a petition to make Danny DeVito the narrator of all audiobooks to exist from this point forward?
This book didn’t feel as warm and fuzzy as Ivan’s story, but Bob is a worthy narrator.

Michelle Glatt
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animal-stories
Heartfelt and beautiful and destined to be as beloved as its predecessor.
Christina Pilkington
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars

When I found out earlier in the year that we would be getting a book from Bob the dog's POV from The One and Only Ivan, I squealed just a little bit!

Several years ago I read The One and Only Ivan with my kids, and it's still one of the few books that have made me cry- a fantastic book about the dark world of animal cruelty and the power of friendship and art to bring hope. In Ivan, Bob is this feisty little terrier who is abandoned as a puppy but finds his way to the mall where Ivan i
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bob is the spunky little dog who became the best friend of “the one and only Ivan” the gorilla. After both animals were rescued from a sad fate, Bob was adopted by a loving family. Ivan found sanctuary at an animal preserve nearby where Bob became a regular visitor.

In this heartwarming story, Bob, Ivan, and many of their friends face a life threatening danger they never could have imagined. A tornado strikes their town causing terrible destruction. With camaraderie, bravery, kindness and unwave
Gerardine  Betancourt
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"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.
Missy Cahill
Unnecessary sequel that really adds nothing to the overall story of Ivan. Maybe it just wasn't a good read aloud book, but I couldn't find anything enjoyable at all about the book. I really couldn't care for Bob, Ivan is briefly in it and Ruby is very annoying? The story takes place over a day when a Tornado/Hurricane hits the area where Bob now lives. He has flashbacks to when he was a puppy and how tough his life has been up to when he got adopted by Julie and George.

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! ...more
May 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some broader ideas/morals seemed forced and randomly thrown in rather than thought out and added to enhance the text.
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Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. Her novel Crenshaw spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children's bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone novel, the award-winning Home of the Brave, continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists.

Katherine has written three picture

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