A Gift From Bob by James Bowen should really have been reviewed in December since it is about James and Bob and their adventures on the streets of London before the book A Street Cat Named Bob had taken off and they were facing a "skint" Christmas. London sounds like it can be a pretty mean city, like most any city. But the cold and snow, plus lack of funds and having to be out in the weather seem to make James and Bob's prospects for any kind of Christmas at all seem pretty bleak. In his usual straightforward fashion James tells about how he and Bob are out there selling "The Big Issue" and busking. We can get a pretty good picture of what life on the mean streets of London can be like in the winter.
All sorts of characters enter this book, some good, some angels, some not so good. James figures out how to give back to the folks he has met while out on the streets singing and selling "The Big Issue" and sure enough, as he brings positive energy to his own circumstances things begin to look up. Although this book is really a Christmas story, it is excellent for any time - especially when we're tempted to feel sorry for ourselves. James lets us get to know his best friend Belle (best human friend, that is) a bit more. Bob comes through as he always does. I figure Bob must be around twelve or fourteen. He is such an awesome guy! Hope he lives to be in his twenties- he and James need each other. Although it's pretty safe to say James really needs Bob. What a side kick!
I ordered my copy used on Amazon. Paperback, excellent shape. Should be available on Kindle, in used book stores and at the library. If you want to read more about Bob, this one's a winner!
LFFAC adventures, stories and maybe even a cute cat video every now & then.