The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook

The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook

by Joanne Rocklin
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The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
How would you feel if your pet became very ill? Ten-year-old Oona Armstrong lives in an Oakland, CA, apartment with her mother Terri, five-year-old brother Fred, and their cat named Zook, which is short for Zucchini. Oona and Fred’s dad Max had died two years before from cancer. Nearby is O’Leary’s Pizza where the kids work to help bring customers in and they get to eat fried zucchini, the only vegetable Fred likes—and thus the cat’s name. Now Zook himself has become sick, so Oona comforts Fred by convincing him that the cat is only on the fifth of his nine lives and telling him some wild stories about some of the previous ones. Will Zook get better? What will happen to him? Joanne Rocklin is the author of several books, including One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street, Strudel Stories, For Your Eyes Only!, Three Smart Pals, and This Book is Haunted. The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook does use the words “pee,” with reference to both cats and people, and “poopy,” as well as a few common euphemisms. There are some vague references to believing in love, magic, and God. The concept of “karma” is mentioned, and one instance of drinking wine occurs. Mom’s new boyfriend, whom Oona resentfully calls Dylan the villain, is a musician who sports an earring. Many parents will probably not have much problem with most of these items. However, some parents may demur at Oona’s penchant for telling whoppers, as she does when she tries to sneak Zook out of the vet’s office and bring him home because she feels that he can get better only with them. Although a distinction is made between simple fictional tales intended for amusement or entertainment and outright lies meant to deceive or hurt, the book may become the occasion for some discussion on the importance of always being honest and truthful. Otherwise, this is a warmhearted middle-grade novel about a loving family, and, aside from some of the things which I mentioned earlier, my basic reaction to it is primarily positive. Also, any child who has experienced the serious illness or loss of a beloved pet will certainly appreciate the drama of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book... blew part of my mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great and if you are reading the book while listining to the song on the wing by owl city it makes the sad parts even sadder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it's wonderful how the right books fall into our lives at the right time. I picked up the book for my daughter because she loves cats and the cat on the cover was adorable. Little did I know how much the author's words would touch our hearts. Oona attempts to deal with her father's death from cancer in many ways mirror my own daughter's journey, as she (and I) are figuring out how to go on without Daddy, who also died of cancer. Books that deal with this subject in such a thoughtful, and thought-provoking, way for children are too few. I'm so glad that this one fell into our lap. Anyone who appreciates the power of a good story, and the emotional tug of realizing that life still goes on after a great loss, will want to share this story with the kids in their life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly reccomend this book . I found it very touching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very magical
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cried at the end.... It's so heartbreaking.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Asum book
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Very
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sucks
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This is a good book for 3 reasons,1 it is a sunshine state book in my school,2 I love to read,3 I like cats.
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Sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really grat book you should get it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really touched my hart