Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 1, 2023 by Crystal Uys


Since the publication of A Street Cat Named Bob in 2012, James Bowen and Bob have been capturing hearts and minds around the world. The book is an international bestseller and there are rumors that it will be made into a movie. I’ve been following James and Bob on their Facebook page for the past two years, and I am thrilled for the incredible success they’ve been experiencing. As far as life changing cats go, Bob is in a category of his own.

Like many of us who have rescued strays, James often wondered what Bob’s life was like before the two soul mates met. My Name is Bob is an imagined look at Bob’s past. After his world was suddenly turned upside down, Bob finds himself living on the street. Alone, scared and hungry, he searches for a new home. Of course, we know how the story ends: James takes in the injured stray, and the rest, as they say, is history – albeit history that is still being written.


The book is aimed at young readers aged 4 through 7, but it is so charming and uplifting, even adults will find themselves hard-pressed to not fall in love with this book. Beautifully illustrated by Gerald Kelley, you can just feel the love radiating off the pages of this book. The book also features two pages of photographs of Bob and James.


This is a story about overcoming adversity. It’s a story of two soul mates. And ultimately, it’s a story about finding love.

Treat yourself to this book – for yourself, or as a gift for a young friend. You won’t regret it.

Watch James read to Bob from the book:


For more about James and Bob, please read our
exclusive interview with James Bowen

Interior images provided by the publisher and used with permission.

*FTC disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

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13 Comments on Review: My Name is Bob by James Bowen

  1. James is such an inspiration and I can’t help but have a soft spot in my heart for a man that loves an orange cat!

  2. I love your reviews of James and Bob and their books. I think James should play himself in the movie! Of course, Bob should be Bob. Everything about these two is magical!

    • I agree, Jobi and Fisher. Their story is pure magic – but the best part is that it’s real!

  3. I have just read this book too and although aimed at children it is delightful and imaginative. A welcome addition to the other books about this truly inspiring pair.
    There is another book about Bob coming out in July – “Bob’s World” I believe – and I have it on pre-order so that is very much something to look forward to.

    ALL of the books are well worth a read and James and Bob deserve all the success they
    are getting

  4. Another great review Ingrid. You know these two have a special place in my heart. I do love following their continued success….what a love story. You can see the mutual love and respect in the video, the way Bob listens to James read to him…priceless! Thanks so much for keeping us up to date on their beautiful story!

  5. This book looks wonderful! I loved “A Street Cat Named Bob”. I wish James and Bob much success.

  6. This looks like such a cute book. I’m sorry to say I have read any of these yet. Such beautiful illustrations.

  7. I have most of his books!! Love James and Bob!! What a pawsome story — and a true miracle — for both of them!! <3

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