When you read 100+ books a year, it stands to reason that you’re not terribly picky. And while it is true that I will read almost anything there are a few things that I despise. One of them is talking animals.
Lily and the Octopus was on every must-read list I saw for Summer 2016. Without even reading beyond the first few sentences of the book book jacket I requested it from the library and jumped into page 1. I was captivated by the author’s narrative style – it feels familiar and friendly. And then I loved Lily’s voice. Doesn’t this seem perfect for a dachshund?
THIS! EYE! RAIN! YOU! MAKE! IS! FANTASTIC! I! LOVE! THE! SALTY! TASTE! YOU! SHOULD! MAKE ! THIS! EVERY! DAY! (p22)
The author uses the technique sparingly. It’s just enough to make Lily more real to me. And enough to break my dislike of talking animals.
Source: Public Library
Audience: Adults. Maybe teens.