The One and Only Bob (Hardcover)

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Bob is a tough dog with a strong independent streak and a soft heart. He was once a stray after being thrown from a truck window with his siblings, but he and his sister survived. Now he has a home with a family. Bob made his first appearance in the Newbery Award-winning book that I loved reading aloud to my 5th graders, called The One and Only Ivan. He still has times when he can see both Ivan and his outgoing, determined young elephant friend Ruby. He also has lots of neighborhood animal connections with very interesting personalities, and they all come together in the face of a storm brewing on the horizon. The best aspect of both these books is that the animals talk to you in human voices with their own viewpoints. Applegate has a wonderful knack for showing us animal expressions that seem very familiar, and their perspectives on the confusing humans and the other animals in their world are cheeky and insightful. It has the effect of being both fun and meaningful. A worthy sequel to a great original!

— Tim McCarthy

About the Author

Katherine Applegate is the Newbery Medal–winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including The One and Only Ivan, The One and Only Bob, Crenshaw, Wishtree, the Endling series, the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, and the Animorphs series, which she coauthored with her husband, Michael Grant. Katherine lives with her husband and their children in California. You can visit her online at or visit

Praise For…

"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)

"Ricocheting between entertainment and poignancy, the dog’s musings on his past and present give way to an urgent chronicle of survival. 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."
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"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. Readers will be lining up to read this sequel."
— School Library Journal (starred review)

"Bob supplies a sharp, lively voice that young readers will enjoy. Fans of the first book will love catching up with cherished friends, and newcomers, too, will enjoy this heartfelt story of survival."
— Booklist

"Much like Bob himself, this book has an appealing mix of frenetic energy and somber contemplation. Commentary on animal welfare and climate change is carefully woven into the narrative, giving readers food for thought but never overwhelming what is ultimately a tale of friendship and forgiveness."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062991317
ISBN-10: 0062991310
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: May 5th, 2020
Pages: 352
Language: English