The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 5 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

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 vetÆs office, convinced he can only get better at home with them, Oona tells Fred the story of ZookÆs previous lives, ranging in style from fairy tale to grand epic to slice of life. Each of ZookÆs lives has echoes in OonaÆs own family life, which is going through a transition sheÆs not yet ready to face. Her father died two years ago, and her mother has started a relationship with a man named Dylanùwhom Oona secretly calls ôthe villain.ö The truth about Dylan, and about ZookÆs medical condition, drives the drama in this loving family story.
 

About Joanne Rocklin

See more books from this Author
Joanne Rocklin is the author of numerous books for children, including many Hello Math Readers for Scholastic. She lives in Oakland, California.
 
Published April 1, 2012 by Amulet Books. 239 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

That’s what 10-year-old Oona tells her 5-year-old brother about their rescued cat.

Feb 29 2012 | Read Full Review of The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook

Examiner

So when Freddy asks the inevitable question, “How many lives has Zook already had?”, Oona puts on her thinking cap and starts telling stories.

May 07 2012 | Read Full Review of The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook

Common Sense Media

When Oona's beloved cat Zook must go to the vet, she reassures her brother (and herself) that Zook is only on his fifth life, and she proceeds to tell her brother stories about Zook's previous lives, which reflect many aspects of their own.

Apr 01 2012 | Read Full Review of The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook

Portland Book Review

The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook is a tale about two siblings, Oona and Fred, who cope with the illness and eventual death of their beloved cat Zook (short for Zucchini).

Jan 17 2013 | Read Full Review of The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook

https://www.commonsensemedia.org

We've selected books for kids age 8 to 14 that have enthralled readers in book clubs, classrooms, and when reading for pleasure at home -- all bound to spark interesting, thoughtful discussions.

Mar 02 2016 | Read Full Review of The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook

Reader Rating for The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook
87%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 65 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×