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Book Review/Giveaway: The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook. Ends June 7th

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The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin

About the book

In this warmhearted middle-grade novel, Oona and her brother, Fred, love their cat, Zook (short for Zucchini), but Zook is sick. As they conspire to break him out of the vet’s office, Oona tells the stories of his previous lives, ranging in style from fairy tale to grand epic to slice of life. Each of Zook’s lives have echoes in Oona’s own family life, which is going through a transition she’s not yet ready to face. Her father died two years ago, and her mother has started a relationship with a man named Dylan—whom Oona secretly calls “the villain.” The truth about Dylan, and about Zook’s medical condition, drives the drama in this loving family story.

Age Range: 8 and up

Paperback: 240 pages

My Review:  If you are a cat lover you would want to read Five Lives of Our Cat Zook. This touching story tell about a 10 years old girl who watched her father die of cancer and is still grieving for him, her beloved cat is now sick and the only thing she can do is tell stories to Fred to keep him happy.

Oona and her brother Fred found Zook the cat in an alley while they were eating lunch from O’Leary’s. They took the cat home and their mother agreed that they can keep him. Zook left ill and they took him to the Good Samaritan Veterinary Clinic and was told that Zook’s kidneys are failing. Oona notice that her brother was very sad, so to make him happy she told him that cats have nine lives inside them. They have the ability to come back to life. But we know cats don’t actually have nine lives. So Oona went on to stretch the truth and tells Fred stories about their cat Zook’s previous four lives. This book will be emotional for cat lovers. A well written story by the author.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Abrams Appleseed in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

About the author

Joanne Rocklin is the critically acclaimed author of several books, including One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street, which School Library Journal called, in a starred review, “fascinating and thought-provoking. . . . Sweet and tart and sure to satisfy.” She lives in Oakland, California.

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May 20, 2013 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Wow, this sounds like a very touching story.

    Comment by lisa | May 20, 2013 | Reply

  2. pinned

    Comment by cassandra mccann | May 20, 2013 | Reply

  3. The Five Lives of Our Cat by Joanne Rocklin, this sounds like a fun book to read for middle schoolers to find out how Zook does, does he get well or what. I have two cats and I would not trade them, my granddaughters love cats, I believe that they would also love to read this book and see how OOna and Fred do this..

    Comment by Dorothy Teel | May 20, 2013 | Reply

  4. This sounds like a book many of my students would love! They love listening to books about cats at anytime, anyday! Definitely would be a great book to share!
    I shared on twitter.

    I shared on Pinterest.

    Comment by Kelly Brown | May 20, 2013 | Reply

  5. Cats leave pawprints on one’s heart, as Zook already has, on mine, from reading this review….
    How magical those felines are, with whiskers delightfully cute, and eyes that are deep and thoughtful.
    May every heart be blessed with a cat’s pawprints!

    Comment by Elsie | May 20, 2013 | Reply

  6. My cat-loving kids would like this book. It sounds sweet.

    Comment by domestic diva | May 20, 2013 | Reply

  7. This looks like a great book! I read to my kids every night and I know they’d love to listen to this one because they love to pretend that they’re dogs and cats all the time 🙂 I shared via Pinterest

    Comment by Chelsea | May 21, 2013 | Reply

  8. I think this looks like a really cute book for the kids in my classroom who have had parents who have gone through divorce or separation or death and are now moving on with other people.

    Comment by Lydia Harpe | May 29, 2013 | Reply

  9. I look forward to reading about Zook’s previous lives. I shared this giveaway on Facebook at

    Comment by likwan | June 7, 2013 | Reply

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