The One and Only Bob (The One and Only Ivan #2)

by Katherine Applegate (Author) Patricia Castelao (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

Return to the unforgettable world of the Newbery Medal-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling novel The One and Only Ivan (soon to be a major motion picture!) in this incredible sequel, starring Ivan's friend 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.

Bob, Ivan, and Ruby have touched the hearts of millions of readers, and their story isn't over yet. Catch up with these beloved friends before the star-studded film adaptation of The One and Only Ivan hits theaters in August 2020!

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Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

With this stellar sequel to her Newbery Award-winning The One and Only Ivan, Applegate sounds precisely balanced notes of genuine humor and heart-tugging tenderness through the voice of Ivan's best friend, Chihuahua mutt Bob. Rescued by a loving family, former stray Bob regularly visits Ivan, who now lives in a wildlife sanctuary along with elephant Ruby. Tough-talking Bob, who was thrown out of a car with his siblings as a pup, acknowledges, albeit a bit defensively, that pampered domesticated life suits him: "So what if I've gotten a little spoiled? A tad soft around the edges?" Ricocheting between entertainment and poignancy, the dog's musings on his past and present give way to an urgent chronicle of survival after a hurricane ravages Ivan and Ruby's sanctuary while Bob is visiting. Applegate deepens the suspense (while, ingeniously, amplifying the humor) with the appearance of Bob's long-lost sister. The novel's fluid meshing of loyalty, forgiveness, and trust will leave readers hoping that the author has more one-and-only stories to tell. Final illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. (May)

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

Gr 3-6--Lovers of The One and Only Ivan will rejoice over this new tale about Ivan's best friend, Bob. Bob is a street dog who survives on his own until he stumbles upon a roadside attraction featuring a gorilla named Ivan. Through his new friendships with Ivan and an elephant named Ruby, he meets Julia--a human he might just trust. After Ivan and Ruby are moved to a zoo, Bob moves into Julia's house. Bob isn't exactly content living as a house pet, but his favorite thing to do is visiting his friends at the zoo with Julia. During one of their zoo visits, a tornado hits and Bob is spiraled into the air and away from his three friends. In this story of true friendship, hope, and courage, Bob learns to appreciate and cherish those he loves. Driven by favorite characters from The One and Only Ivan, Bob's story is delightfully heartfelt and adventurous. Castelao's illustrations add additional beauty to the story. VERDICT With a motion picture coming out of best-selling The One and Only Ivan, readers will be lining up to read this sequel. Recommended as a first choice.--Julie Jesernik, Warrenville Public Library, IL

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Review quotes

"Bob proves to everyone (and finally himself) that there is a big heart in that tiny chest...and a brave one too. Applegate picks up where her Newbery Medal winner left off, and fans will be overjoyed to ride along in the head of lovable, self-deprecating Bob on his storm-tossed adventure. His wry doggy observations and attitude are pitch perfect."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

sooooooooooooooo cute

Katherine Applegate
Katherine Applegate is the New York Times-bestselling author of Wishtree, Crenshaw, Willodeen, and Home of the Brave, all from F&F, as well as The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal, and its sequel The One and Only Bob. She lives in Southern California with her family.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
May 20, 2020
The One and Only Ivan
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV002260 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Zoos
JUV013070 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
Library of Congress categories
North Carolina Children's Book Award - Nominee

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