Sunday, July 5, 2020

The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate - ESSENTIAL

The One and Only Bob (The One and Only Ivan #2) by Katherine Applegate,
352 pages. Harper Collins, 2020. $19 

Content: G. 



When Bob was just a puppy, he was abandoned along the side of a road. He found shelter and companionship in a mall with a lowland gorilla named Ivan and a baby elephant Ruby - who were the central exhibit in the arcade there. When Ivan and Ruby are finally moved to a zoo, Bob, who is perfectly capable of taking care of himself, finds a real home with Julia, whose father works at the zoo. This allows Bob to still visit his friends on a regular basis. But on one visit, rain turns into a hurricane, damaging the zoo, endangering the animals and separating Bob from Ivan, Ruby and even Julia. 

 I am so glad to see this sequel! Picking up a few months after The One and Only Ivan ends, Bob fills in the gaps, reminds us what we need to remember and then takes us on an exciting adventure. I listened to the audiobook expertly narrated by Danny DeVito and am also buying the audiobook for my library. Thrilling, touching and very funny I know my students who love Ivan will be waiting in line for my copies.

Lisa Librarian

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