A few years ago, Marshmallow reviewed The One and Only Ivan, a beautiful book by Katherine Applegate. At that time the whole book bunny family watched the accompanying movie. A year or so later, Caramel was able to read the same book himself and enjoyed it a lot. This week, he was able to get his paws on the sequel, The One and Only Bob, published in 2020. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, I know you liked The One and Only Ivan. If I recall correctly, that one ended with gorilla Ivan’s dog friend Bob all alone, because most of the other animal friends went to a new zoo. So does this book start there?
Caramel: More or less. We see Ivan and Ruby in this book too, because Bob keeps visiting the zoo they are living in, even though probably he is not supposed to. But apparently the zoo keepers don’t care, so he manages to sneak in whenever he wants, with Julia.
S: So he is still hanging out with Julia then? This was the girl who gave Ivan the crayons, right?
C: Yes and yes.
S: Oh then Bob is not that alone after all if he sees Julia all the time.
C: No he is not really alone. He is actually living with Julia and her dad.
S: I see. That is cool too. So what is the main problem in this book? Bob is not completely alone then. And Ivan and Ruby are safe and happy, right? And Ruby was the baby elephant, right?
C: Yup. They are happy, but Bob is not completely happy. Because he is not used to living with humans because he had gotten very used to being a stray. And because he wants to find his sister Boss.
S: We did not hear about Boss in the first book, did we?
C: I don’t think so, but she is Bob’s main goal in this book. And as he looks for her, he has a lot of adventures. A hurricane hits the town and the zoo that Ivan and Ruby were at is destroyed and Bob is separated from his humans. And a lot of other things happen too. It is a very adventure-full book.
S: I can see that.
S: So One and Only Ivan was written in first person, through the eyes of the gorilla Ivan. Is this written in Bob’s voice?
C: Yes. And Bob’s voice is very different from Ivan’s. I mean, he is a dog, but also he is not very trusting. He is different.
S: I see. It is neat that the author was able to create another fully alive animal voice. So overall, did you like the book?
C: Yes. I don’t think I could say it is better than the story of Ivan, but it is just as good, I think.
S: So maybe they should make a movie out of this one, too?
C: Yes! I loved the Ivan movie! That was cool. It would be good to have a Bob movie too!
S: Well, maybe there will be one. Did you know that the author has written a third book, about the elephant Ruby this time?
C: I didn’t know that! I have to read it too! And soon! Please!
S: Well, it won’t come out till May, it seems like, but sure, we can read it when it comes out.
C: Yes, that will be great! I really like Ruby too!
S: Okay, so let us start wrapping things up then. How would you describe this book in three words?
C: Adventurous Animal Fun, but it is not always fun, because sometimes sad things happen too.
S: Still, I think your description works well Caramel. Okay, what do you want to tell our readers as we wrap this up?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!