I realise that because today is April 1st you may think this is a joke review. No, that guy from The X-Files really did write a book about a cow that gets on a plane and flies to Tel Aviv. Normal service will now resume.
Elsie Bovary is a cow, and a pretty happy one at that—her long, lazy days are spent eating, napping, and chatting with her best friend, Mallory.
One night, Elsie and Mallory sneak out of their pasture; but while Mallory is interested in flirting with the neighboring bulls, Elsie finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. Through the window, she sees the farmer’s family gathered around a bright Box God—and what the Box God reveals about something called an “industrial meat farm” shakes Elsie’s understanding of her world to its core.
The only solution? To escape to a better, safer world. And so a motley crew is formed: Elsie; Shalom, a grumpy pig who’s recently converted to Judaism; and Tom, a suave turkey who can’t fly, but can work an iPhone with his beak. Toting stolen passports and slapdash human disguises, they head for the airport…
This was a weird book, it sort of has an important message. It tries to remind you that animals have feelings too and maybe eating meat is a bad thing. But that message was lost under poop jokes and the general silliness that is this book.
I just couldn’t believe that a cow was able to not be noticed in New York just by walking on two legs. I couldn’t believe that no one noticed the cow on the plane. I mean cows aren’t exactly that inconspicuous. I’m sure most people would recognise a cow if they were sitting next to one, even if said cow was wearing a hat and sunglasses.
I went into this book knowing that it was going to be very silly and it was still too silly for me. Though I have to say the one thing I found most unbelievable, more than a cow knowing who Jennifer Lawrence is. More than a turkey that knows how to fly a plane. Was that they had a phone that lasted 3 days before needing charged up.
*I received a copy of this book from Headline in exchange for an honest review.