Audrey (cow) by Dan Bar-el (2014)

How would I describe her in a word? Well… young. That was her, plain and simple. Too young to go through what she did, poor thing.

audreySo begins Audrey, the story of a young cow destined to enter the human food chain. Told from various animal and human perspectives so delightfully that I am mildly surprised I haven’t been transformed into a vegetarian, Audrey first learns of her fate then plots to challenge it.

With the aid of the different farm animals, a pair of raucous crows and some cunning forest dwellers, Audrey manages to elude predators of the two and four feet variety.

Each animal, however briefly it appears, is delightfully brought to life and some moments are gut-splittingly funny. A gentle read that contains hefty themes.


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