The World According to Bob

The World According to Bob

Book - 2013
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The incredible sequel to the bestselling A STREET CAT NAMED BOB - the moving and uplifting true story of an unlikely friendship between a man on the streets and the ginger cat who adopts him, now a major motion picture.

'Since Bob has appeared, I've made huge strides in my life. For more than a decade I was a homeless drug addict. I was lost to the world and had forgotten what was important in life. Now I've got myself back on my two feet, but as I put the past behind me, I'm still stepping unsteadily into the future. I still need help in the right direction. Bob is always there to offer guidance and friendship.'


James and his street cat Bob have been on a remarkable journey together. In the years since their story ended in the bestselling A STREET CAT NAMED BOB James, with Bob's help, has begun to find his way back to the real world.

Almost every day, Bob provides moments of intelligence, bravery and humour, at the same time 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.

Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2013.
ISBN: 9781444777550
1444777556
Branch Call Number: 305.5692092 Bowen
Characteristics: viii, 286 p. : ill.
Additional Contributors: Williams, Dan illustrator.

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donkeyhote
Jan 05, 2018

I like this book. In the 2nd Chapter James tells the same as I said myself: There is 1 percent of the public who are obnoxious control maniacs, who want to set the world right according to their ideas or invented theories. As I feed pigeons, I am exposed to the public just like James, who sells newspapers in the London street with his ginger cat beside him. And those obnoxious one-percenters make negative remarks to me, harass my pigeons and me (one guy stalked me for 2 yrs) and tell me various theories of their own why feeding the starving critters is not okay. James tells in this book that not only a few unpleasant persons of the public, but even a bored policeman searched him unsuccessfully and was visibly annoyed to have not succeeded. A busybody lady even snatched away his cat, pretending that James was not taking good care of the cat, as she judged it by the cat wagging its tail. OK, now what happened to me today. It was raining, with nobody in the park at Mt. Pleasant, and I poured out the mixed grains for wild birds, sold in Superstore, when a tall guy walked up, went right into the middle of my pigeons, chased them away, stood on their food, and told me it was not good for them if I fed them anything else than grains. "You just stand on the mixed grains for wild birds," I said. He also said that if because of me the pigeons are in one group, the predators get them more easily. It was his own theory. I told him I was 75 yrs old, I lived in this area 25 years, I fed pigeons since 8 yrs, and I knew more then anybody else about their situation here. I started to feed them because they had to spend much time on the ground grazing, and it's just that which exposed them to more attacks from predatory birds and stray cats - the area had been littered with their feathers and body parts (even a woman living in this area told me so), so I started to feed them, so they should not spend so much time on the ground. Then I asked the Park Ranger man: "what about feeding street cats?" (because I do that too at night). He said: "cats will eat anything," which sounded to me like he disagreed with feeding them. OK, now, I feed a few raccoons too. One night I saw a man run toward two raccoons with a huge stick, shouting that "they eat our goldlfish, I'll kill them!" It was because 2 young raccoons were taking a plunge into the condo's pond. I retained the man, then I reported this incident to the SPCA anti-cruelty service. And I asked by e-mail the wildlife expert of the Stanley Park Board of how I could prevent aggression against my critter friends. He fed to me sterile textbook stuff, like the critters are good at finding food (where there is none in the city), and the best the protect them is NOT to feed them. Wow. The symbol of Stanley Park is a coyote, and they advise me to have the critters starved, while they set 3 coyotes (predators) on them at night - in the past one year I found 2 young raccoons strangled by coyotes. Cleveland Amory in his book "Ranch Of Dreams" (available in Burnaby PL) writes that Park Boards and wildlife biologists routinely opt for the killing of animals in any problematic situation. OK, so this present nice book enlightens us about the nice qualities of animals, like Rob the street cat, a treasured companion. The symbol of Stanley Park is a coyote. Why? They removed the swans as "not endemic to Canada". And when years ago I asked Animal Controls if I can feed a single red squirrel, they forbade me, telling that "it was not endemic to Canada." What is going on? What about immigrants, I asked, and they kept silent.

A fair and good follow-up to A Street Cat Named Bob. Their remarkable story together continues. Quite the inspiring story. This sequel and the first book formed the basis for the movie.

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bananaquit
Sep 09, 2017

Interesting at many levels, the human animal bond, street life and the good and bad in human behaviour, struggles with addiction. An easy read, a real pleasure.

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snakie_chick
Jul 03, 2016

Writing style is pretty bad in my opinion, but the story is engaging.

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biblioQ
Oct 10, 2015

Bob the cat has given his human companion James a totally new lease on life, appreciation for the power of love, and an increased interest in how he can reach out to others, with Bob as the inspiration. James has come such a long way in his journey, since the first book he wrote about his life with Bob, and it was a joy to read about how so many others have come to know and love his cat Bob

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nickeldime
Apr 20, 2015

The second installment about a man and his cat. Simply written, James Bowen gives us more stories and lessons he learned from his cat Bob.

More importantly, he gives us insight into what it's like to be homeless.

He says, "People don't understand that the lack of self-esteem and general hopelessness you feel when you are homeless.."

A wonderful tale about faith, hope, and love.

KarenE61 Dec 25, 2014

Not quite as gripping as the first book, this is still a lovely sequel that will warm your heart while answering the question, "What happened next?" I hope further adventures of James and Bob are forthcoming.

d2013 Dec 15, 2014

This book is as good as the first one. Such a heartwarming story!

This book shows the amazing benefit of owning a pet in a real life situation.

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squirrelee
Aug 10, 2014

This is another sweet and touching book by James Bowen about his experiences with Bob. I loved both of his honest and inspirational books. Bob is awesome and this highlights the real benefits of animal therapy.

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