Review: The Little Book of Bob by James Bowen

The Little Book of BobThe Little Book of Bob: Everyday wisdom from Street Cat Bob
Author: James Bowen
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Released: October 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of The Little Book of Bob through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Little Book of Bob is the latest novel to come out from James and his Street Cat Bob. But you don’t have to have read the other novels in order to understate or appreciate this one, I can promise you that much.

This is a novel made up of all the life lessons that James Bowen learned from his adorable ginger tom cat, Bob. Bob was found on the streets (well, not literally, but very close to it) back in 2007, he was injured and alone.

James took little Bob in, and it changed his life forever. This is a non-fiction novel, and one that promises to move any animal cat or animal lover out there. I can assure you that my eyes misted up on more than one occasion, thanks to this sweet tribute to sweet and wise Bob.


“He certainly rescued me. When I look back on it, my life had been a real mess before I met him. For a decade or more, I’d been an addict and had spent an extended period homeless, sleeping rough or in shelters. I had been down to my last chance – on my ninth life, if you like. I credit him with helping me to turn things around.”

Spoiler Warning

I picked up The Little Book of Bob because I love cats, and that means I automatically love anybody who’s taken the time to learn a life lesson from their cat. I have never read any of the other books about Bob and his owner, but I didn’t let that scare me away.

And honestly? I’m happy I made that decision. The Little Book of Bob was delightful and heartwarming. It’s impossible not to read this book without a smile on your face. Though I meant it when I said it made my eyes mist up a time or two. It was absolutely worth it.

All cat lovers should check out this charming read. It’s everything the description promises, but it’s also so much more. And it’s something many a cat owner will resonate with.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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