I was sent a copy of the book under the full title The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her To Fly by the publishers Alma Books in exchange for a review. Seeing the opportunity to review this book on Twitter caught my interest and here are my thoughts and round-up of it!
First of all, I had no idea about the book’s international success. I had never seen it nor heard of it before until a few months ago when I saw the tweet about the story. For you blog readers, here’s the book synopsis:
“Her wings burdened by an oil slick, a seagull struggles to the nearest port to lay her final egg. Exhausted, she lands on a balcony where Zorba the cat is sunning himself. She extracts three extraordinary promises from him: that he will watch over the egg, that he will not EAT the egg, and that, when it’s time, he will teach the baby gull to fly. The first two promises are hard enough, but the third one is surely impossible. Isn’t it?”
My copy that came in the mail relatively quickly also contained illustrations of Zorba and the baby seagull along with the other main characters. I think that the illustrator Satoshi Kitamura is extremely talented. The book cover is great, I love the setting of Hamburg where the story takes place and as a cat lover, I just love anything with cats on or cats as characters in a story. The book itself was a short length, perfect for the age range of 8-12 years. I was not the target audience for this book however, as a blogger and reviewer, I believe that reviewing books for all genres and age groups shows variety as well as interests across Literature in general.
My favourite scene was the ending, it rounded off the story perfectly. At the beginning when the baby seagull’s mother got covered in oil, I remembered about a news article from years back about the oil spill with BP and the birds/wildlife that were affected and died because of the oil spill. I just wanted to dive into the story and save that seagull.
I think that this story is suitable for a younger audience. Possibly even younger than age 8, if the story was read to them or they read along with an older reader. On Goodreads, I rated this story 4 out of 5 stars. I had no general issues with the story whatsoever. It was refreshing to read something new away from the YA and NA romances that I had been reading.
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