12. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin, 240 pages, read by Angie, on 09/12/2013

Oona and Fred have a cat named Zook. Zook is a sick kitty who has to get fluids to help his kidney’s function. Oona is teaching Fred to read using rebuses and stories about the past lives of Zook. She is upset that her mom is dating Dylan (the villain) who she thinks is the past owner of Zook. There are misunderstandings, life lessons and big and little whoppers.

I am not sure if I would have felt the same way about this book if I had read it instead of listening to it. But since I listened to it, my opinion is not the best. The narrator uses voices for each of the characters and I have to admit they got on my nerves after a while. Listening to the book also highlighted some weaknesses in the writing that might not have been as noticeable reading it. For instance, Oona uses way too many phrases like for instance, for example, and also, and others. It isn’t a normal way a child would speak (or anyone really) and it is pretty annoying. The story isn’t bad though and I am sure kids will enjoy this tale about Oona, Fred and Zook. It also offers a good starting point for discussions on telling the truth, letting new people into your life and death and grief.

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