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The One and Only Bob: The One and Only Ivan, Book 2

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Cheer-worthy tale of traumatized dog's quest for family.

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A Lot or a Little?

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age 9+

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age 9+

A Little Dog has Big Courage

Do you like mischievous dogs who don’t obey? Do you like adventure stories, maybe about floods and tornadoes in an animal park? Well, then you should read The One and Only Bob. The sequel to The One and Only Ivan, this is an amazing book by an skilled author. Bob the dog narrates the book with a lot of humor and emotion. The short chapters make it inviting to read. This book is very touching in a way that makes you feel in a cozy loving mood. Bob takes risks in dangerous situations. Will he survive? Read Katherine Applegate’s book to find out if Bob and other animals make it through the disasters. (CA)

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Is It Any Good?

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Katherine Applegate's compelling, ultimately uplifting tale, told by a snarky, formerly abused dog who's still confused about it all, takes Ivan the gorilla and his friends to new adventures. Animal-loving kids in particular will relate to Julia, who's adopted Bob the dog and does her best to give him a happy life. And they'll love the quality time with Ivan (now happily living in a sanctuary), Ruby, and the many other friends of The One and Only Bob. As in The One and Only Ivan, Applegate pulls few punches in describing the physical and emotional cruelty of humans to animals and its traumatic, sometimes deadly impact -- and also introduces plenty of kind humans who know better and act that way.

Sensitive readers may have trouble with passages like this one, where Bob recalls the aftermath of being ripped from his mother and thrown with his littermates from a truck window:

"Being man's best friend can mean a lot of things. Companionship. Belly rubs. Tennis balls.

"But it can also mean a dark, endless highway and an open truck window.

"It can mean the smell of the wet wind as hands grab the box you're in with your brothers and sisters and you go sailing into the unkind night and still, still, crazy as it sounds, you're thinking, But I'm yours, I'm yours, I'm yours."

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