Synopsis: Elsie Bovary is a cow and a pretty happy one at that. Until one night, Elsie sneaks out of the pasture and finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. Through the window, she sees the farmer’s family gathered around a bright Box God – and what the Box God reveals about something called an ‘industrial meat farm’ shakes Elsie’s understanding of her world to its core.
The only solution? To escape to a better, safer world. And so a motley crew is formed: Elsie; Shalom, a grumpy pig who’s recently converted to Judaism; and Tom, a suave turkey who can’t fly, but can work an iPhone with his beak. Toting stolen passports and slapdash human disguises, they head for the airport…
My thoughts: While I’m normally a fast reader it’s been a long time since I read 200 pages before lunchtime and fitting in two customer appointments as well! It’s not a complicated read!
It’s the simple tale of cow discovers truth of animal farms and decides along with her pig & turkey friends to escape the confines of her farm before she ends up beef patty and go off and find herself. You really need to be suspending any form of reality to read this book. How else can you accept that a bunch of animals can pass as humans walking through an airport – not to mention a turkey flying a jet plane with no training.
There are elements of social commentary such as the nature of battery farming and also a few chapters involving the fighting in Israel but as a children’s book being read by adults (Duchovny’s description) they’re not delved into too deep and could be described as a little simplistic. However if you’re reading it aged 10 it would be totally age appropriate.
It’s also littered with pop culture references and slang. It would appear Elsie the cow could pass for a 13 year old girl if I compare her speech to my nieces. But you know it didn’t annoy me.
this is a book that looks to be totally dividing based on Goodreads reviews. Personally I really enjoyed it. It’s nice to read a celebrity book that’s not completely up it’s own backside, doesn’t pretend to be literary and was written for fun and to amuse his children. Interesting that it was actually written originally as a screen play (animation for adults) and quite often the prose switches to a screen play format. I like it when authors play about with format. As someone who has taken creative writing at degree level I hated the idea of rules in fiction. I prefer authors when they let loose and write as they feel not what is dictated by others.
Overall a speedy enjoyable read, its fun and light and a quick win for getting your Goodreads figures up!