Title: Audrey (Cow)
Author: Dan Bar-el
Genre: Middle Grade
About the book (Taken from Goodreads):
Audrey is a cow with poetry in her blood, who yearns for the greener pastures beyond Bittersweet Farms. But when Roy the horse tells this bovine dreamer that she is headed for Abbot's War, the slaughter house, Audrey knows that she must leave her home and friends sooner than she ever imagined. With the help of a whole crew of animals and humans alike, Audrey attempts to escape the farm she lives on--and certain death.
As Agnes the cow would say, “Holy human!” What a fun book.
Audrey is a very original story told through an ever changing points of view. Both animals and humans add their bit to the story. Each telling what they think happened. This cleverly designed narrative leaves some things to speculation and hearsay as not every animal or human knows exactly what happened, but as the gaps fill in, the story builds with a surprising amount of suspense.
Audrey lives at Bittersweet Farms and that is exactly the kind of life she’s given. Just the same, this book manages to come across as fun and hopeful despite the dark subject matter (avoiding the slaughterhouse) and Audrey’s escape is both thrilling and hilarious.
Warning: parents may find themselves raising a vegetarian after their child reads this book.
Overall: Four stars. Very original and full of humor, all the different character voices create an interesting narrative, but I did find myself occasionally wishing for a more fixed point of view.
Amazingly this book is based on a true story.