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As James struggles to adjust to his transformation from street musician to international celebrity, Bob is at his side, providing moments of intelligence, bravery, and humor and opening his human friend's eyes to important truths about friendship, loyalty, trust - and the meaning of happiness. In the continuing tale of their life together, James shows the many ways in which Bob has been his protector and guardian angel through times of illness, hardship, even life-threatening danger. As they high-five together for their crowds of admirers, James knows that the tricks he's taught Bob are nothing compared to the lessons he's learnt from his street-wise cat.
Readers who fell in love with Dewey and Marley, as well as the many fans who read "A Street Cat Named Bob," will be eager to read the next chapters in the life of James and Bob.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-03-31
- Reviewer: Staff
Prior to publishing his bestselling memoir, A Street Cat Named Bob, Bowen and his feline sidekick were barely scraping by when opportunity struck in the form of a newspaper story, entitled "Two Cool Cats," profiling the odd couple. The paper set off a wave of interest on Bowen and Bob, culminating in a book deal. Still reeling from the abrupt 180-degree turn his life took, Bowen recounts his transition to overnight celebrity in this equally engaging prequel. Cat-lovers expecting a heartwarming account of Bob's quirky behavior will certainly get that, but Bowen's focus is on the realities of homelessness. Harassment from uninformed, self-appointed do-gooders concerned about Bob's welfare, heartless citizens having a laugh at his expense, and a harrowing encounter with a fellow addict who overdosed on Bowen's doorstep are just a few of the anecdotes here; Bowen isn't looking to shock anyone or paint himself as a martyr. It's this smartly balanced blend of humor, pathos, and humility that makes Bowen such an engaging narrator, and it's no wonder the unlikely duo have inspired so many followers on Facebook as well as in real life. Bowen has crafted a terrific sequel to an amazing and inspiring story that's just beginning. (May)