Thursday, December 29, 2011

"We Bought A Zoo" Review

We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Changed Their Lives Forever

When Benjamin Mee decided to uproot his family and move them to an unlikely new home...a dilapidated zoo where over 200 exotic animals would be their new neighbors...his friends and colleagues thought he was crazy. Mee's dream was to refurbish the zoo and run it as a family business. The grand reopening was scheduled for spring, but there was much work to be done and none of it easy for these novice zookeepers. Tigers broke loose, money was tight, the staff grew skeptical, and family tensions reached a boiling point.
Then tragedy struck. Katherine Mee, Benjamin's wife, had a recurrence of a brain tumor,  forcing Benjamin and his two young children to face the heartbreak of illness and the devastating loss of a wife and mother. But inspired by the memory of Katherine and the healing power of the incredible family of animals they had grown to love, Benjamin and his kids resolved to move forward, and today the zoo is a thriving success. 
This story was made into a major motion picture starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. I am looking forward to seeing this movie.
My Thoughts: I enjoyed reading this book, therefore I am giving it 3***
I read this book for My Animal Reading Challenge.
I own this book, it is a part of my personal library.


  1. I have seen the movie trailers. I didn't know this was a book, the story sounds sweet.
    Happy New Year Gigi Ann!

  2. I can't imagine the amount of workit would take to run a zoo on your own, if that's what they did! Looks good!