Book Review! How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied by Jess Keating

ourtruncrocHow to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied

My Life is a Zoo Series: Book 1

By Jess Keating

288 pages – age 9+

Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on June 3, 2014

Ana Wright was having a horrible year. Her best friend, Liv, has moved to New Zealand (A.K.A. Half-Way around the World), and doesn’t seem to want to move back. Her famous grandfather is having a documentary on his life filmed, and will be featuring his family in it, including socially awkward, extremely shy Ana (UGH!). It doesn’t help that her parents, zoo workers at the local zoo, are moving them into a house at the zoo for the summer (now Ana actually LIVES in a zoo). And don’t forget those nasty Sneerers (the three popular girls who hate Ana)! Will Ana Wright ever make her life right?

This was a great book. I read it in one sitting – that’s how good the story was – I didn’t want to put it down. It was very realistic, and I thought that, given certain circumstances, it could actually happen. Ms. Keating has gotten the middle school experience down pat. Ana is a nice girl and I think if I knew her, I would be friends with her. I was cheering her on while she tries to make sense of her life. Ms. Keating is a great author. Her writing style draws one in. There is a good amount of humor in it. I love the ending of the book. I thought it suited the book well. I would like to read other books from her and am looking forward to the next book in this series. I think that the book is a good length, and that it is good for kids who like school stories.

I give “How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied” 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

To learn more about Ms. Keating and her books, visit her webpage, click HERE.

Find Ms. Keating on Twitter HERE.

I already have Ms. Keating’s next book in this series on my TBR list. It comes out in January 2015


Categories: Age 9+

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28 replies

  1. The Titles are marvelous and sugget a story that delivers grat entertainment.

  2. I apologize for the spelling in the previous post. I hit send before checking for typos

  3. Brilliant! I love the sound of this. Great review, Erik!

  4. I can’t wait to read this Erik! I’ve been following Jess on Twitter and I know a lot of people are excited about her books! Thanks for your great review.

  5. Yes! Mom says she’ll read this to me for sure. She’s already got the sample on her Kindle. Thanks for the heads up, E. This sounds like a winner.

    Love and licks,

  6. What fun sounding books! Love the titles! Great review, SuperKid!

  7. Middle school experiences can be tough for many young people. Glad to see a book addressing this in an entertaining and humorous way.

  8. This book sounds great. Thanks for the recommendation, Erik!

  9. I really love the title. And I love the plot! Would be great to live in a zoo though!

    • Here is a cool bit of trivia – my dad’s great great grandfather actually did live in the Philadelphia Zoo. He was the care taker of it and lived in a little house in the middle of the zoo. The house is still there!

  10. This book sounds great! I recently saw a video of a man trying to outswim a crocodile! He was going very fast!

  11. The titles alone sound really witty. Will check these out.

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