How does an alpaca get to work on time?
Sheer force of wool!
Talking Animals by Joni Murphy was sent to me for review by ZG stories and Book*Hug Press.
I loved the concept of this book. It uses animals to tell a human story.
Alfonzo is an alpaca. His buddy Mitchell is a llama. They work in New York City at City Hall; they uncover a political scandal. We meet all kinds of characters. Goats, hawks, dogs, cats, lemurs, horses, sea creatures... you get the idea.
I loved the themes: there are themes of illness, grief, trying to better oneself, mental illness, suicide, systemic dysfunctions, mistreatment of some over others, and our connection to nature. There were also a few funny lines and puns that were entertaining.
Unfortunately for me, the story and the telling of the story was not great. I got bored by it. I had such high hopes for this one and was disappointed.
If you like social commentary, politics and anthropomorphism, this book might be for you.
Bookworm Rating: 🐛🐛