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The Tower, The Zoo, And The Tortoise (2010)

by Julia Stuart(Favorite Author)
3.57 of 5 Votes: 2
0385533284 (ISBN13: 9780385533287)
review 1: This book took me FOREVER to read. I just couldn't get into it. I was really excited to read it because I just watched a documentary about the Tower and those that live there. This book had so much potential and fun, quirky characters--maybe too many characters. No one's story ever seemed to fully develop. The jumping from one character to another was very distracting and at times confusing. All in all, I didn't really like this book.
review 2: I had to read this for my book club or I would have quit by page 50. One review states that it is "feather light", but I never found it light at all. The Queen is presented with gifts of animals that had been kept at the London Zoo. Its decided they be moved to the Tower of London under the care of Beefeater Balthazar
... more Jones because he has a pet tortoise that is over 100 years old. This was a HUGE flaw for me as I couldn't believe one, that they would put the animals under the care of a Beefeater; two, that they transferred the animals with a moving company; and three, that the pens, cages weren't already set up before the transfer. I lost interest after this. The most interesting part of the book was Balthazar's wife Hebe's job at the London Tube Lost and Found, but it didn't make up for the rest of the book. The actual rating for me 1.5 stars. less
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I liked this book. It did meander a bit, but had a satisfying ending.
Could not get into this book. The description was more interesting.
Delightful. So glad my husband found this book for me.
3.5 I enjoy charming fiction.
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