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#Review The Adventures of Ellie & Boo by Millie Kerr
The Adventures of Ellie & Boo
by Millie Kerr
A nature-loving cat and her conservationist mum team up to save endangered species!
Boo the tabby cat is born on a Lincolnshire farm and seems destined for a simple life. Everything changes when she’s put up for adoption and is taken in by Ellie Caldwell, an adventurous Cambridge graduate student who loves animals and is studying to become a wildlife conservationist.
Between lectures, Ellie heads to the countryside for camping trips, her Instagram-anointed ‘adventure cat’ in tow. On rocky trails, Boo discovers that, like Ellie, she has a passion for the natural world, and because she’s able to communicate with all animals, she can relate their challenges back to Ellie. But there’s a serious problem: whenever Boo tries to tell Ellie something, all Ellie hears is “Meow.”
Can they work out a communication system, and in doing so, save endangered animals from harm while encouraging public support of nature and wildlife?
Waterstones – https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-adventures-of-ellie-and-boo/millie-kerr/9781913208585
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I am torn with this book, I loved the message that is portrayed with regards to conservation but felt that it wasn’t really geared to kids in a way that I had expected. Our main character Ellie is in her twenty’s and adopts Boo the cat, Boo is special as she can communicate with all other animals and she tries her best to communicate with Ellie, but all she hears is ‘Meow’. Once they find a way to communicate Boo enlisted Ellie’s to help protect the badgers.
I think had Ellie been a child or at least much younger than 22 years old the whole talking cat thing would have worked a lot better – I really disliked Boo using Instagram, it just didn’t feel like it was done in a natural way- not that there is anything natural about this book.
The message is the biggest thing going for the book, the illustrated cover is beautiful I just feel it could have been executed a little better.
Millie Kerr is an author, journalist and photographer focused on wildlife conservation. A former lawyer, Millie uses storytelling to help people see splendour and fragility of the natural world. Her creative essays and reported articles—which predominantly involve travel and wildlife—have appeared in dozens of top-tier American and British publications, among them The Economist, National Geographic Traveller, Popular Science, and The Wall Street Journal. Millie has also worked for numerous global conservation NGOs, both as an in-house writer and an external consultant; and her legal career saw her working in private practice and government. She graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Masters of Philosophy in Conservation Leadership and has lived between the UK and USA for fifteen years. Her adopted cat, Baboon, has been her constant companion, although unlike their fictitious counterparts, they only enjoy indoor adventures.
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