This is a book that deserves every one of its five stars.
title basically says it all. It's about a former drug user whose life
is on the rebound and is adopted by a stray sickly ginger kitten. After
many attempts to locate the cat's owner, James adopts "Bob" and they
become inseparable; first as a feline sidekick while James 'busked' for
spare change and later to his selling "the Big Issue" (a magazine
published to help people get back on their feet and into the working
world again while rehabilitating).
The story is heartfelt, warm
and pure feel good. Such a remarkable cat, full of personality and
cleverness. How many cats do you know get on the bus, find their way
home and use the toilet? I absolutely loved it.
The one thing I
would have to wish different is the profanity. I understand that it was
written plain, 'just say it like it is'. And that is part of its appeal.
It's almost as though the author is sitting in the living room and
telling us a story. Warts and all. That's fine! But I do think it could
have been cleaned up a bit so younger audiences could enjoy it too. You
know, just bleep it. "And he said, *bleeeeeep* or *blankety blank*. Or
how about, "He jumped up and down, cussing all the while". We get the
point.And no one is offended. It's really not that difficult.
things considered though, I truly did love this story. Well done, James
for getting your life back on track!! And well done, Bob for helping
DRUG USE: mentioned, explained and overcome
MY RATING: PG-13 (for language and drug mention)
*UPDATE* I just learned that there's a YA version where the language has been cleaned up and photos added. It's called "Bob, No Ordinary Cat".