My Name Is Bob: Book Review/Giveaway

my name is bob-book review-giveaway

My Name is Bob, the illustrated prequel of the bestselling memoir A Street Cat Named Bob is for kids of all ages. Like millions of other fans of the ginger tabby named Bob and his street musician cat dad, James Bowen, I couldn’t wait to dive into the large, richly illustrated children’s book. It’s written by James Bowen with Garry Jenkins and illustrator Gerald Kelley beautifully captures the life Bob may have had before Bowen rescued him in 2007.

We’ll never know the truth but as the purrfectly plausible story unfolds his former elderly owner takes ill, Bob finds himself on the streets of London, alone, hungry and desperate. This story, like the real life story has a happy ending. The endpapers have photos of the real Bob with James and fun factoids about the inseparable duo.

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After getting lost in the heart-melting story I lingered over the last page and promptly read it again. It promises to be a children;s classic begging to be read over and over again.

Merlin was impressed with the message of hope and love. For the past two years he’s followed the growing fame of his fellow feline and reviewed A Street Cat Named Bob and the sequel The World According to Bob

This adorable video shows Bowen reading the book to Bob.

Merlin gives an enthusiastic four paws up review! TWO LUCKY CAT WISDOM READERS WILL WIN COPIES OF MY NAME IS BOB.TO ENTER OUR GIVEAWAY SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BEFORE 11:59 PM ET. May 31, 2014. The winner selected via will be announced on June 1, 2014. No purchase necessary to win. Giveaway limited to U.S. residents.For extra chances to win, social media share this post and leave a separate comment mentioning where you shared i.e. Facebook, Pinterest etc.

my name is bob-book review giveaway

FTC Disclosure: We received a review copy which in no way influenced our views. We never take fees for providing book review/giveaways. It’s our way of sharing our love of reading or “pawing it forward.’

My Name is Bob by James Bowen and Garry Jenkins. Illustrated by Gerald Kelley.

  • Age Range: 4 – 7 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barron’s Educational Series (May 1, 2014)





We’re delighted to announce the winner of our Grumpy Cat birthday swag bag including a book of her book is Melissa and Truffles. Congratulations! Please look for an email from Cat Wisdom 101 requesting your shipping address.

42 thoughts on “My Name Is Bob: Book Review/Giveaway”

  1. I Love Cats! I Love books! This book looks Super Cute! Any child or adult would be delighted to read a copy of your gorgeously illustrated book! Thanks for the opportunity to enter you special giveaway! Thank you!

  2. James is so inspiring! I am so glad that he and Bob are happy and healthy and helped each other through tough times and came through stronger on the other side. Very beautiful story!

  3. Looks like a darling book, and Bob actually looks like he is listening. I found a “Bob” under a portable school building at night, and took him home with me, so I will definitely buy this book and have plenty of cat lovers and rescuers who would enjoy having a copy. for themselves.

  4. I’ve heard about Bob and James and their wonderful story. The children’s book version does look great!
    It’s so nice to see your emails in my inbox again.

  5. This book looks just darling! It’s one I’d love to have. Please enter me please.
    I haven’t read the adult one.
    PS. Yea, I now get your emails!!!!!

  6. This book looks just darling! It’s one I’d love to have. Please enter me please.
    I haven’t read the adult one.

  7. Sounds like a wonderful book. I would love a chance to win. I am so happy I got your email telling me you posted today. I was missing them before.

  8. As the rescuer / fosterer / lover of more cats than I count now, I think this looks like a fantastic book! The pictures are awesome too! Thanks!

  9. What a wonderful review. WE got a copy of the book and have not read it yet. I remember I got it around the time I was losing Abby and I just couldn’t read it at that time, maybe now that some time has passed I can.

  10. My Name Is Bob looks like a wonderful book. We are always soooooooooooo happy to see any wonderful new book about animals,cats especially but when it is geared towards children it is even better. We never want real books to become obsolete, there is something so comforting about holding a book in your hands and turning the pages. We have a great nephew who at 2 loves cats and this book would be a wonderful gift to him. Good luck to all!

    Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig and Peanut and Romeo >^..^<

  11. I agree with you Merlin, poor Bob, every cat deserves a good home. I love the illustrations, they are heartwarming. Have a great sunday, sundays are great for reading :o)

  12. With all the news about Tara this week and everybody thinking – wow, a cat saves a boy OR wow, we finally have on record that cats really DO save people — and all week I kept thinking about Bob and James.

    Cats truly are gods. All your readers want this book!

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