Book Review: West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge

Looking for your next read? Check out West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Ellen B.

Woodrow Wilson Nickel, an orphan who can’t seem to stay out of trouble, is in it again. He’s discovered a couple of giraffes who miraculously survived a hurricane aboard a ship and he’s not supposed to be anywhere near them. Scrounging for food, he wanders into the large warehouse where they’re being kept and cannot believe the sight of them. The female is injured and has a splint on her leg. The male seems to have survived the ocean crossing unscathed.

The book follows Woody’s 12 day journey with the giraffes as they travel across the country to California to their new home in a zoo. Historical figures as well as fictional characters figure into the story, such as the world’s first female zoo director. Woody matures and learns much about the animals in his care as he travels with them. The story is told as Woody reminisces as a 105 year old man living in a nursing home. The staff think he is senile, but Woody begs to differ. His memories of his travels are so intense that he believes they are happening all over again. And who wouldn’t want that? This book reminded me of Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen, but I actually enjoyed it more. Grab a copy today and set off on a journey!

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