Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival

By Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery; Illustrated by Jean Cassels

Walker & Company, 2008

The city of New Orleans, on the mighty Mississippi, is a place many people and pets call home. Jamming with jazz and dressing up fancy for Mardi Gras, it  bustled with life day and night. But on April 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina bore down on the city and everyone who lived there, including a wisp of a cat and one puppy.

Much to the concern of my children, I’m a total sucker for (read: I cry a lot while reading) books about dogs and cats in peril. Two Bobbies fits the bill. Bobbi and Bob Cat are the best of friends and never leave each other’s side — not when they’re abandoned by their owners, not when packs of hungry, homeless dogs chase after them, not even when rescue workers attempt to place them in separate cages. Did I mention Bob Cat is freakin’ blind? Not to worry, the ending is both relieving and fabulous, as is the photograph of the real-life Two Bobbies on the back page.  (Yes, I teared up at that, too.)

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