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My Name Is Bob

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He is certainly no ordinary cat. Not only does Bob enjoy wearing scarves and giving high-fives, but he has a special way about him that makes everyone instantly fall in love with him. James Bowen found Bob when he was a young cat living on the street, injured and alone. The two were soon inseparable. James often wondered what this amazing feline's life was like before they met. This book imagines what might have happened.

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Overview

He is certainly no ordinary cat. Not only does Bob enjoy wearing scarves and giving high-fives, but he has a special way about him that makes everyone instantly fall in love with him. James Bowen found Bob when he was a young cat living on the street, injured and alone. The two were soon inseparable. James often wondered what this amazing feline's life was like before they met. This book imagines what might have happened.

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"Children will love the story of a cat who finds someone to love him, and enjoy knowing that James and Bob perform on the streets. Kelley's illustrations beautifully relate the story of two lonely creatures of the street who find each other."
--Lesa's Book Critiques

"…a simple, classic tale with which it is easy to emphasize."
--Booklist

"Children of all ages will love the beautiful and uplifting tale of true friendship and second chances."
--Cat Fancy

"My Name is Bob which is geared for young children and is smartly told from the point of view of Bob the cat! My Name is Bob makes a wonderful gift for any young child, it is fun to read, entertaining and well illustrated. It is a story of hope and perseverance that will be sure to engage and inspire a young person. I also appreciate that the story brings awareness to the plight of stray cats by highlighting real life challenges they face on the street, making it a positive tool for teaching kids about compassion towards animals."
--purrandroar.com

"They did a fantastic job of adapting the story for children. Gerald Kelley's charming illustrations bring Bob's world to life."
--wellmindedpets.com

"Children will love the story of a cat who finds someone to love him, and enjoy knowing that James and Bob perform on the streets. Kelley's illustrations beautifully relate the story of two lonely creatures of the street who find each other."
--Lesa's Book Critiques

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764167256
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 91,186
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


James Bowen was a homeless street musician who often didn't know where his next meal was coming from. He never dreamed his life would be turned around by a cat. But when Bob came into his life in 2007, James soon discovered that this seemingly ordinary street cat was exactly what he needed to make a change. Today the two can be found playing music in the streets of London and promoting the several books that have been written about their lives together.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Although I enjoyed the book "A Street Cat named Bob" v

    Although I enjoyed the book "A Street Cat named Bob" very much, I somehow missed the fact that this is a children's book. Even at that it is a huge rip off. Eight pages for $10.49? Ridiculous! Leaflover

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2014

    Warriors den

    A place made of twigs and moss for warriors

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  • Posted September 13, 2014

    This book is inspired by the true story of Bob, a homeless cat,

    This book is inspired by the true story of Bob, a homeless cat, and James, a street performer. I read this book to my kids (ages 4 & 6) before bed. They stayed up well past "lights out" time to discuss it. They determined that the book was really good because it's about a cat, and the fellow named James was smart for adopting Bob. My four year old said her favorite part of the book was the pictures, while my six year old liked how the cat found a new home. My kids don't usually discuss books together, so I was surprised and happy to see them talking about it and discussing what they liked and why.

    As for me, I found the book delightful. Bob becomes homeless when his owner gets sick and is taken away in an ambulance. He tries to follow her and gets lost. After many hard months of living on the street, he meets a musician. James takes the cat in and nurses him back to health. The two of them have been together ever since.

    It's a beautiful story. My kids and I have read it several times together, and my four year old sighs with happiness every time it ends. There is a spread in the back with pictures of the real Bob and James. My kids always spend a long time pouring over the pictures and talking about them. The book was written from Bob's point of view. It's always fun to read a book from an animal's perspective. It captures a child's imagination and keeps them involved in the story. This heartwarming book came to life for my kids.

    Recommended for animal lovers ages 4-7 years old.

    Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    Good childrens book.

    I bought this book for a Grandson's step-daughters. They read the book and enjoyed it very much. I've got to buy another copy for my oldest Great Grandson, maybe for Christmas or his birthday.

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    Here is another story where the back story is as good as the boo

    Here is another story where the back story is as good as the book itself. Mr. Bowen has written an adult book, his memoir about how he and Bob met, called “A Street Cat Named Bob”. In it he tells that he was homeless and addicted to drugs, but caring for Bob made him think of someone besides himself. He helped Bob and Bob helped him. Mr. Bowen wrote another book called “For the Love of Bob” which is a children’s book (middle-grade level) summarizing his memoir. In “My Name is Bob”, the story is retold as a picture book, but from Bob’s point of view. This was a very well-written story! It has an interesting, innocent feel to it. In the book, Bob never said that Mr. Bowen was homeless or addicted to drugs, he just saw a person who looked like he needed a friend. The illustrations by Mr. Kelley are beautiful images that really go with the whole feel of the story.The book is based on a true story. It’s not what actually happened to Bob (until he meets Mr. Bowen) but what Mr. Bowen thinks what may have happened to Bob before he came into his life. The story shows the power of caring for pets and friendship.
    *NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    love it

    Great book, love the illustrations...

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    A lovely children's book

    My grandchildren, ages 7 and 8, love this book. Reading level is grade 2, the illustrations are wonderful and the story line is fresh, caring and compelling!

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