This Post was written by Holler from Tinned Tomatoes
I thought it was about time we got the reading group on the Slice of Cherry Pie Forum up and running again, so I popped over to Amazon to have a look at what paperbacks they had on offer and came across a zany little book called We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee.
Here is a review:
While looking for a place to buy for his 76-year-old mother after his father's death, Benjamin Mee, living in France with his wife and two children, received details of his "dream scenario" by his sister. Unusually, the property in question was a struggling zoo.
We Bought A Zoo tells the story of how the dilapidated Dartmoor Wildlife Park, populated by around 400 exotic animals, was transformed into the busy Dartmoor Zoological Park by an ordinary family using a trial-and-error method. Along the way, Mee has to deal with an escaped jaguar, fighting (among people as well as animals), an escapologist wolf, and a tiger which stands up during general anaesthetic.
The book also describes how the family coped during the gradual deterioration of Mee's wife Katherine due to a brain tumour and how they coped with her loss.
This book is reviewed by readers as sad, but also a laugh-out-loud kind of book. I think this is just what we need after such a long winter, well for some of us anyway It is available on Amazon and Play for £5.49, alternatively you could order a copy at your local library.
If you would like to join in then leave a comment on the forum to let us know you are joining us and we will start a discussion about the book, as the month progresses. The discussion thread will contain the word SPOILER, for those who haven't finished yet.
I hope everyone is happy with this and that you will all join in. It should be fun!