How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals--her friends--who have profoundly affected her in this stunning, poetic, and life-affirming memoir featuring illustrations by Rebecca Green. Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative. No one knows this better than author, naturalist, and advent National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals--her friends--who h...

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Title:How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals
Author:Sy Montgomery
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0544938321
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Reviews

  • Joy
    Oct 16, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

    Simple. But charming AF. ...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    Received and ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Super sweet memoir about certain individual animals and the effect they've had on the author's life. Domestic, captive, and wild; everyday (dogs, pigs) and exotic (emu, tree kangaroos). If you're the kind of person w...

    Delightful. Humans and animals interact because animals can teach us so much about life, struggle, and survival. I got this book on Audio and the narrators voice was so soothing and yes- just as delightful as the book itself. If you are used to reading books with complex characters etc...

    How to Be a Good Creature calls itself "A Memoir in Thirteen Animals" and is fairly equally a memoir and about thirteen animals. It's the story of Sy Montgomery's life from her toddler years, told in the story of her childhood dog Molly, through the present. The author holds nothing ba...

    A sweet and tender memoir of a woman and the animals who touched her life. I have had Montgomery's book The Soul of an Octopus on my to-read list for a while now, so when the ARC of this title tumbled into my hands, I just had to read it! This book is super-engaging. From the start,...

    This book was recommended to me by world-famous reviewer, karen to satisfy the category "A Book About Nature" for 2018 read harder. I don't think she's even read it yet but had heard it was lovely. Spoilers. It is lovely. I went camping this weekend with my husband and best frien...

    Sy Montgomery's love of animals is emitted from every page of everything of hers I have read. She writes with wonder at all her encounters, which is the basis of this whole book. Beginning with her deep connection to her childhood dog, Molly, Sy discusses the animals that have impacted...

    I was provided a free, digital copy of this title by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. How to be a Good Creature is a memoir in which a woman tells how animals profoundly changed her life. The type of animal varies, but every story and background of each is heartwarming ...

    Anyone who has ever loved an animal will love this book. I related so much with the author, Sy Montgomery, in her love for and curiosity about the animals in her life - and not just the ones that she lived with, also the ones that she encountered in her years as an author, naturalist a...

    Highly recommend this easy to read nonfiction book to anyone who has lived with animals in their home. Sy's experience writing science books and articles for both children and adults makes this a stronger book. She knows how to strip it down and make nonfiction accessible to all. Some ...

  • Pam Cipkowski
    Oct 08, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

  • Sarah Shoo
    May 29, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

  • Katie
    Jul 24, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

    Simple. But charming AF. ...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    Received and ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Super sweet memoir about certain individual animals and the effect they've had on the author's life. Domestic, captive, and wild; everyday (dogs, pigs) and exotic (emu, tree kangaroos). If you're the kind of person w...

    Delightful. Humans and animals interact because animals can teach us so much about life, struggle, and survival. I got this book on Audio and the narrators voice was so soothing and yes- just as delightful as the book itself. If you are used to reading books with complex characters etc...

    How to Be a Good Creature calls itself "A Memoir in Thirteen Animals" and is fairly equally a memoir and about thirteen animals. It's the story of Sy Montgomery's life from her toddler years, told in the story of her childhood dog Molly, through the present. The author holds nothing ba...

    A sweet and tender memoir of a woman and the animals who touched her life. I have had Montgomery's book The Soul of an Octopus on my to-read list for a while now, so when the ARC of this title tumbled into my hands, I just had to read it! This book is super-engaging. From the start,...

    This book was recommended to me by world-famous reviewer, karen to satisfy the category "A Book About Nature" for 2018 read harder. I don't think she's even read it yet but had heard it was lovely. Spoilers. It is lovely. I went camping this weekend with my husband and best frien...

    Sy Montgomery's love of animals is emitted from every page of everything of hers I have read. She writes with wonder at all her encounters, which is the basis of this whole book. Beginning with her deep connection to her childhood dog, Molly, Sy discusses the animals that have impacted...

  • Jolene Haack
    Oct 15, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

    Simple. But charming AF. ...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    Received and ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Super sweet memoir about certain individual animals and the effect they've had on the author's life. Domestic, captive, and wild; everyday (dogs, pigs) and exotic (emu, tree kangaroos). If you're the kind of person w...

    Delightful. Humans and animals interact because animals can teach us so much about life, struggle, and survival. I got this book on Audio and the narrators voice was so soothing and yes- just as delightful as the book itself. If you are used to reading books with complex characters etc...

    How to Be a Good Creature calls itself "A Memoir in Thirteen Animals" and is fairly equally a memoir and about thirteen animals. It's the story of Sy Montgomery's life from her toddler years, told in the story of her childhood dog Molly, through the present. The author holds nothing ba...

    A sweet and tender memoir of a woman and the animals who touched her life. I have had Montgomery's book The Soul of an Octopus on my to-read list for a while now, so when the ARC of this title tumbled into my hands, I just had to read it! This book is super-engaging. From the start,...

    This book was recommended to me by world-famous reviewer, karen to satisfy the category "A Book About Nature" for 2018 read harder. I don't think she's even read it yet but had heard it was lovely. Spoilers. It is lovely. I went camping this weekend with my husband and best frien...

  • Tamara
    Oct 10, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

    Simple. But charming AF. ...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    Received and ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Super sweet memoir about certain individual animals and the effect they've had on the author's life. Domestic, captive, and wild; everyday (dogs, pigs) and exotic (emu, tree kangaroos). If you're the kind of person w...

    Delightful. Humans and animals interact because animals can teach us so much about life, struggle, and survival. I got this book on Audio and the narrators voice was so soothing and yes- just as delightful as the book itself. If you are used to reading books with complex characters etc...

    How to Be a Good Creature calls itself "A Memoir in Thirteen Animals" and is fairly equally a memoir and about thirteen animals. It's the story of Sy Montgomery's life from her toddler years, told in the story of her childhood dog Molly, through the present. The author holds nothing ba...

    A sweet and tender memoir of a woman and the animals who touched her life. I have had Montgomery's book The Soul of an Octopus on my to-read list for a while now, so when the ARC of this title tumbled into my hands, I just had to read it! This book is super-engaging. From the start,...

    This book was recommended to me by world-famous reviewer, karen to satisfy the category "A Book About Nature" for 2018 read harder. I don't think she's even read it yet but had heard it was lovely. Spoilers. It is lovely. I went camping this weekend with my husband and best frien...

    Sy Montgomery's love of animals is emitted from every page of everything of hers I have read. She writes with wonder at all her encounters, which is the basis of this whole book. Beginning with her deep connection to her childhood dog, Molly, Sy discusses the animals that have impacted...

    I was provided a free, digital copy of this title by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. How to be a Good Creature is a memoir in which a woman tells how animals profoundly changed her life. The type of animal varies, but every story and background of each is heartwarming ...

    Anyone who has ever loved an animal will love this book. I related so much with the author, Sy Montgomery, in her love for and curiosity about the animals in her life - and not just the ones that she lived with, also the ones that she encountered in her years as an author, naturalist a...

    Highly recommend this easy to read nonfiction book to anyone who has lived with animals in their home. Sy's experience writing science books and articles for both children and adults makes this a stronger book. She knows how to strip it down and make nonfiction accessible to all. Some ...

    Sy Montgomery is my kind of creature. I credit her for my love of octopuses, Kakapos, and Temple Grandin. Basically, if Sy Montgomery writes about it, I?m going to fall in love. Probably not everyone who reads How to Be a Good Creature will have to set it down to sob. (If that?s yo...

  • Candace
    Aug 24, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

  • Violeta
    Oct 15, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

    Simple. But charming AF. ...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    Received and ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Super sweet memoir about certain individual animals and the effect they've had on the author's life. Domestic, captive, and wild; everyday (dogs, pigs) and exotic (emu, tree kangaroos). If you're the kind of person w...

    Delightful. Humans and animals interact because animals can teach us so much about life, struggle, and survival. I got this book on Audio and the narrators voice was so soothing and yes- just as delightful as the book itself. If you are used to reading books with complex characters etc...

    How to Be a Good Creature calls itself "A Memoir in Thirteen Animals" and is fairly equally a memoir and about thirteen animals. It's the story of Sy Montgomery's life from her toddler years, told in the story of her childhood dog Molly, through the present. The author holds nothing ba...

    A sweet and tender memoir of a woman and the animals who touched her life. I have had Montgomery's book The Soul of an Octopus on my to-read list for a while now, so when the ARC of this title tumbled into my hands, I just had to read it! This book is super-engaging. From the start,...

    This book was recommended to me by world-famous reviewer, karen to satisfy the category "A Book About Nature" for 2018 read harder. I don't think she's even read it yet but had heard it was lovely. Spoilers. It is lovely. I went camping this weekend with my husband and best frien...

    Sy Montgomery's love of animals is emitted from every page of everything of hers I have read. She writes with wonder at all her encounters, which is the basis of this whole book. Beginning with her deep connection to her childhood dog, Molly, Sy discusses the animals that have impacted...

    I was provided a free, digital copy of this title by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. How to be a Good Creature is a memoir in which a woman tells how animals profoundly changed her life. The type of animal varies, but every story and background of each is heartwarming ...

    Anyone who has ever loved an animal will love this book. I related so much with the author, Sy Montgomery, in her love for and curiosity about the animals in her life - and not just the ones that she lived with, also the ones that she encountered in her years as an author, naturalist a...

    Highly recommend this easy to read nonfiction book to anyone who has lived with animals in their home. Sy's experience writing science books and articles for both children and adults makes this a stronger book. She knows how to strip it down and make nonfiction accessible to all. Some ...

    Sy Montgomery is my kind of creature. I credit her for my love of octopuses, Kakapos, and Temple Grandin. Basically, if Sy Montgomery writes about it, I?m going to fall in love. Probably not everyone who reads How to Be a Good Creature will have to set it down to sob. (If that?s yo...

    A hardback with an invitingly illustrated colorful paper dust jacket and deckle-edged pages, its looks were what enticed me to pick up this book. I love a good memoir, and the description of this one made it seem likely to speak into my life as it is right now: mourning the loss of a c...

    Disclosure: Advanced Reader?s Copy received from EdelweissPlus in exchange for an honest review. "How to Be a Good Creature" is as much a memoir about the creatures that made the most significant impact in her life as it is about Sy Montgomery. Much of the book centers around...

    I deeply enjoyed this book. Parts of it were a little weird, but overall I enjoyed her writing endlessly and was so touched by how much she loved the animals that she met and interacted with as well as how much she learned from them. My favorite bits were the emus, the octopi, and ...

    I pre-ordered How to Be a Good Creature as soon as I heard about it; I love the idea of a memoir in animals. Though some of the biographical details (especially re: Montgomery?s childhood and relationship with her parents) were darker than I expected and bogged down some of the cha...

  • Cheryl
    Sep 17, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

  • Sarah
    Jul 23, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

  • Samantha Fraenkel
    Aug 19, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

    Simple. But charming AF. ...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    Received and ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Super sweet memoir about certain individual animals and the effect they've had on the author's life. Domestic, captive, and wild; everyday (dogs, pigs) and exotic (emu, tree kangaroos). If you're the kind of person w...

    Delightful. Humans and animals interact because animals can teach us so much about life, struggle, and survival. I got this book on Audio and the narrators voice was so soothing and yes- just as delightful as the book itself. If you are used to reading books with complex characters etc...

    How to Be a Good Creature calls itself "A Memoir in Thirteen Animals" and is fairly equally a memoir and about thirteen animals. It's the story of Sy Montgomery's life from her toddler years, told in the story of her childhood dog Molly, through the present. The author holds nothing ba...

    A sweet and tender memoir of a woman and the animals who touched her life. I have had Montgomery's book The Soul of an Octopus on my to-read list for a while now, so when the ARC of this title tumbled into my hands, I just had to read it! This book is super-engaging. From the start,...

    This book was recommended to me by world-famous reviewer, karen to satisfy the category "A Book About Nature" for 2018 read harder. I don't think she's even read it yet but had heard it was lovely. Spoilers. It is lovely. I went camping this weekend with my husband and best frien...

    Sy Montgomery's love of animals is emitted from every page of everything of hers I have read. She writes with wonder at all her encounters, which is the basis of this whole book. Beginning with her deep connection to her childhood dog, Molly, Sy discusses the animals that have impacted...

    I was provided a free, digital copy of this title by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. How to be a Good Creature is a memoir in which a woman tells how animals profoundly changed her life. The type of animal varies, but every story and background of each is heartwarming ...

    Anyone who has ever loved an animal will love this book. I related so much with the author, Sy Montgomery, in her love for and curiosity about the animals in her life - and not just the ones that she lived with, also the ones that she encountered in her years as an author, naturalist a...

    Highly recommend this easy to read nonfiction book to anyone who has lived with animals in their home. Sy's experience writing science books and articles for both children and adults makes this a stronger book. She knows how to strip it down and make nonfiction accessible to all. Some ...

    Sy Montgomery is my kind of creature. I credit her for my love of octopuses, Kakapos, and Temple Grandin. Basically, if Sy Montgomery writes about it, I?m going to fall in love. Probably not everyone who reads How to Be a Good Creature will have to set it down to sob. (If that?s yo...

    A hardback with an invitingly illustrated colorful paper dust jacket and deckle-edged pages, its looks were what enticed me to pick up this book. I love a good memoir, and the description of this one made it seem likely to speak into my life as it is right now: mourning the loss of a c...

    Disclosure: Advanced Reader?s Copy received from EdelweissPlus in exchange for an honest review. "How to Be a Good Creature" is as much a memoir about the creatures that made the most significant impact in her life as it is about Sy Montgomery. Much of the book centers around...

    I deeply enjoyed this book. Parts of it were a little weird, but overall I enjoyed her writing endlessly and was so touched by how much she loved the animals that she met and interacted with as well as how much she learned from them. My favorite bits were the emus, the octopi, and ...

    I pre-ordered How to Be a Good Creature as soon as I heard about it; I love the idea of a memoir in animals. Though some of the biographical details (especially re: Montgomery?s childhood and relationship with her parents) were darker than I expected and bogged down some of the cha...

    This is a beautiful book! I loved the writing, full of emotional connections with different animals as well as really interesting facts about them (I never knew tarantulas were so fascinating!). The illustrations are lovely and playful and the overall theme of how our relationships wit...

  • Kimberlee
    Oct 15, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

    Simple. But charming AF. ...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    Received and ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Super sweet memoir about certain individual animals and the effect they've had on the author's life. Domestic, captive, and wild; everyday (dogs, pigs) and exotic (emu, tree kangaroos). If you're the kind of person w...

    Delightful. Humans and animals interact because animals can teach us so much about life, struggle, and survival. I got this book on Audio and the narrators voice was so soothing and yes- just as delightful as the book itself. If you are used to reading books with complex characters etc...

    How to Be a Good Creature calls itself "A Memoir in Thirteen Animals" and is fairly equally a memoir and about thirteen animals. It's the story of Sy Montgomery's life from her toddler years, told in the story of her childhood dog Molly, through the present. The author holds nothing ba...

    A sweet and tender memoir of a woman and the animals who touched her life. I have had Montgomery's book The Soul of an Octopus on my to-read list for a while now, so when the ARC of this title tumbled into my hands, I just had to read it! This book is super-engaging. From the start,...

    This book was recommended to me by world-famous reviewer, karen to satisfy the category "A Book About Nature" for 2018 read harder. I don't think she's even read it yet but had heard it was lovely. Spoilers. It is lovely. I went camping this weekend with my husband and best frien...

    Sy Montgomery's love of animals is emitted from every page of everything of hers I have read. She writes with wonder at all her encounters, which is the basis of this whole book. Beginning with her deep connection to her childhood dog, Molly, Sy discusses the animals that have impacted...

    I was provided a free, digital copy of this title by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. How to be a Good Creature is a memoir in which a woman tells how animals profoundly changed her life. The type of animal varies, but every story and background of each is heartwarming ...

  • Margie
    Jul 21, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

  • Stephanie Gillman
    Sep 28, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

    Simple. But charming AF. ...

  • Gerri
    Sep 29, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

    Simple. But charming AF. ...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    Received and ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Super sweet memoir about certain individual animals and the effect they've had on the author's life. Domestic, captive, and wild; everyday (dogs, pigs) and exotic (emu, tree kangaroos). If you're the kind of person w...

    Delightful. Humans and animals interact because animals can teach us so much about life, struggle, and survival. I got this book on Audio and the narrators voice was so soothing and yes- just as delightful as the book itself. If you are used to reading books with complex characters etc...

    How to Be a Good Creature calls itself "A Memoir in Thirteen Animals" and is fairly equally a memoir and about thirteen animals. It's the story of Sy Montgomery's life from her toddler years, told in the story of her childhood dog Molly, through the present. The author holds nothing ba...

    A sweet and tender memoir of a woman and the animals who touched her life. I have had Montgomery's book The Soul of an Octopus on my to-read list for a while now, so when the ARC of this title tumbled into my hands, I just had to read it! This book is super-engaging. From the start,...

    This book was recommended to me by world-famous reviewer, karen to satisfy the category "A Book About Nature" for 2018 read harder. I don't think she's even read it yet but had heard it was lovely. Spoilers. It is lovely. I went camping this weekend with my husband and best frien...

    Sy Montgomery's love of animals is emitted from every page of everything of hers I have read. She writes with wonder at all her encounters, which is the basis of this whole book. Beginning with her deep connection to her childhood dog, Molly, Sy discusses the animals that have impacted...

    I was provided a free, digital copy of this title by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. How to be a Good Creature is a memoir in which a woman tells how animals profoundly changed her life. The type of animal varies, but every story and background of each is heartwarming ...

    Anyone who has ever loved an animal will love this book. I related so much with the author, Sy Montgomery, in her love for and curiosity about the animals in her life - and not just the ones that she lived with, also the ones that she encountered in her years as an author, naturalist a...

  • Emmy
    Jul 13, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

    Simple. But charming AF. ...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    Received and ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Super sweet memoir about certain individual animals and the effect they've had on the author's life. Domestic, captive, and wild; everyday (dogs, pigs) and exotic (emu, tree kangaroos). If you're the kind of person w...

    Delightful. Humans and animals interact because animals can teach us so much about life, struggle, and survival. I got this book on Audio and the narrators voice was so soothing and yes- just as delightful as the book itself. If you are used to reading books with complex characters etc...

    How to Be a Good Creature calls itself "A Memoir in Thirteen Animals" and is fairly equally a memoir and about thirteen animals. It's the story of Sy Montgomery's life from her toddler years, told in the story of her childhood dog Molly, through the present. The author holds nothing ba...

    A sweet and tender memoir of a woman and the animals who touched her life. I have had Montgomery's book The Soul of an Octopus on my to-read list for a while now, so when the ARC of this title tumbled into my hands, I just had to read it! This book is super-engaging. From the start,...

  • KC
    Oct 09, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

  • Bobby
    Apr 09, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

    Simple. But charming AF. ...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    Received and ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Super sweet memoir about certain individual animals and the effect they've had on the author's life. Domestic, captive, and wild; everyday (dogs, pigs) and exotic (emu, tree kangaroos). If you're the kind of person w...

    Delightful. Humans and animals interact because animals can teach us so much about life, struggle, and survival. I got this book on Audio and the narrators voice was so soothing and yes- just as delightful as the book itself. If you are used to reading books with complex characters etc...

    How to Be a Good Creature calls itself "A Memoir in Thirteen Animals" and is fairly equally a memoir and about thirteen animals. It's the story of Sy Montgomery's life from her toddler years, told in the story of her childhood dog Molly, through the present. The author holds nothing ba...

  • Susan
    Oct 14, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

    Simple. But charming AF. ...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    Received and ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Super sweet memoir about certain individual animals and the effect they've had on the author's life. Domestic, captive, and wild; everyday (dogs, pigs) and exotic (emu, tree kangaroos). If you're the kind of person w...

    Delightful. Humans and animals interact because animals can teach us so much about life, struggle, and survival. I got this book on Audio and the narrators voice was so soothing and yes- just as delightful as the book itself. If you are used to reading books with complex characters etc...

    How to Be a Good Creature calls itself "A Memoir in Thirteen Animals" and is fairly equally a memoir and about thirteen animals. It's the story of Sy Montgomery's life from her toddler years, told in the story of her childhood dog Molly, through the present. The author holds nothing ba...

    A sweet and tender memoir of a woman and the animals who touched her life. I have had Montgomery's book The Soul of an Octopus on my to-read list for a while now, so when the ARC of this title tumbled into my hands, I just had to read it! This book is super-engaging. From the start,...

    This book was recommended to me by world-famous reviewer, karen to satisfy the category "A Book About Nature" for 2018 read harder. I don't think she's even read it yet but had heard it was lovely. Spoilers. It is lovely. I went camping this weekend with my husband and best frien...

    Sy Montgomery's love of animals is emitted from every page of everything of hers I have read. She writes with wonder at all her encounters, which is the basis of this whole book. Beginning with her deep connection to her childhood dog, Molly, Sy discusses the animals that have impacted...

    I was provided a free, digital copy of this title by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. How to be a Good Creature is a memoir in which a woman tells how animals profoundly changed her life. The type of animal varies, but every story and background of each is heartwarming ...

    Anyone who has ever loved an animal will love this book. I related so much with the author, Sy Montgomery, in her love for and curiosity about the animals in her life - and not just the ones that she lived with, also the ones that she encountered in her years as an author, naturalist a...

    Highly recommend this easy to read nonfiction book to anyone who has lived with animals in their home. Sy's experience writing science books and articles for both children and adults makes this a stronger book. She knows how to strip it down and make nonfiction accessible to all. Some ...

    Sy Montgomery is my kind of creature. I credit her for my love of octopuses, Kakapos, and Temple Grandin. Basically, if Sy Montgomery writes about it, I?m going to fall in love. Probably not everyone who reads How to Be a Good Creature will have to set it down to sob. (If that?s yo...

    A hardback with an invitingly illustrated colorful paper dust jacket and deckle-edged pages, its looks were what enticed me to pick up this book. I love a good memoir, and the description of this one made it seem likely to speak into my life as it is right now: mourning the loss of a c...

  • Enchantress  debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
    Oct 04, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

  • Maggie Holmes
    Aug 23, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

  • Dani
    Apr 28, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Aug 25, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

  • Debbi
    Oct 03, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

  • CJ
    Sep 13, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

    Simple. But charming AF. ...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    Received and ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Super sweet memoir about certain individual animals and the effect they've had on the author's life. Domestic, captive, and wild; everyday (dogs, pigs) and exotic (emu, tree kangaroos). If you're the kind of person w...

    Delightful. Humans and animals interact because animals can teach us so much about life, struggle, and survival. I got this book on Audio and the narrators voice was so soothing and yes- just as delightful as the book itself. If you are used to reading books with complex characters etc...

    How to Be a Good Creature calls itself "A Memoir in Thirteen Animals" and is fairly equally a memoir and about thirteen animals. It's the story of Sy Montgomery's life from her toddler years, told in the story of her childhood dog Molly, through the present. The author holds nothing ba...

    A sweet and tender memoir of a woman and the animals who touched her life. I have had Montgomery's book The Soul of an Octopus on my to-read list for a while now, so when the ARC of this title tumbled into my hands, I just had to read it! This book is super-engaging. From the start,...

    This book was recommended to me by world-famous reviewer, karen to satisfy the category "A Book About Nature" for 2018 read harder. I don't think she's even read it yet but had heard it was lovely. Spoilers. It is lovely. I went camping this weekend with my husband and best frien...

    Sy Montgomery's love of animals is emitted from every page of everything of hers I have read. She writes with wonder at all her encounters, which is the basis of this whole book. Beginning with her deep connection to her childhood dog, Molly, Sy discusses the animals that have impacted...

    I was provided a free, digital copy of this title by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. How to be a Good Creature is a memoir in which a woman tells how animals profoundly changed her life. The type of animal varies, but every story and background of each is heartwarming ...

    Anyone who has ever loved an animal will love this book. I related so much with the author, Sy Montgomery, in her love for and curiosity about the animals in her life - and not just the ones that she lived with, also the ones that she encountered in her years as an author, naturalist a...

    Highly recommend this easy to read nonfiction book to anyone who has lived with animals in their home. Sy's experience writing science books and articles for both children and adults makes this a stronger book. She knows how to strip it down and make nonfiction accessible to all. Some ...

    Sy Montgomery is my kind of creature. I credit her for my love of octopuses, Kakapos, and Temple Grandin. Basically, if Sy Montgomery writes about it, I?m going to fall in love. Probably not everyone who reads How to Be a Good Creature will have to set it down to sob. (If that?s yo...

    A hardback with an invitingly illustrated colorful paper dust jacket and deckle-edged pages, its looks were what enticed me to pick up this book. I love a good memoir, and the description of this one made it seem likely to speak into my life as it is right now: mourning the loss of a c...

    Disclosure: Advanced Reader?s Copy received from EdelweissPlus in exchange for an honest review. "How to Be a Good Creature" is as much a memoir about the creatures that made the most significant impact in her life as it is about Sy Montgomery. Much of the book centers around...

    I deeply enjoyed this book. Parts of it were a little weird, but overall I enjoyed her writing endlessly and was so touched by how much she loved the animals that she met and interacted with as well as how much she learned from them. My favorite bits were the emus, the octopi, and ...

    I pre-ordered How to Be a Good Creature as soon as I heard about it; I love the idea of a memoir in animals. Though some of the biographical details (especially re: Montgomery?s childhood and relationship with her parents) were darker than I expected and bogged down some of the cha...

    This is a beautiful book! I loved the writing, full of emotional connections with different animals as well as really interesting facts about them (I never knew tarantulas were so fascinating!). The illustrations are lovely and playful and the overall theme of how our relationships wit...

    Montgomery's memoir honoring some of the creatures that have shaped her adventures and life, is truely beautiful. It is a heartwarming collection that will make you smile and laugh and cry. I've always found that the wee beasties whose lives become entwined in ours, haunt our memories ...

  • Jake
    Jul 20, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

    Simple. But charming AF. ...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    Received and ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Super sweet memoir about certain individual animals and the effect they've had on the author's life. Domestic, captive, and wild; everyday (dogs, pigs) and exotic (emu, tree kangaroos). If you're the kind of person w...

  • Lexi Nylander
    Oct 13, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

    Simple. But charming AF. ...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    Received and ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Super sweet memoir about certain individual animals and the effect they've had on the author's life. Domestic, captive, and wild; everyday (dogs, pigs) and exotic (emu, tree kangaroos). If you're the kind of person w...

    Delightful. Humans and animals interact because animals can teach us so much about life, struggle, and survival. I got this book on Audio and the narrators voice was so soothing and yes- just as delightful as the book itself. If you are used to reading books with complex characters etc...

    How to Be a Good Creature calls itself "A Memoir in Thirteen Animals" and is fairly equally a memoir and about thirteen animals. It's the story of Sy Montgomery's life from her toddler years, told in the story of her childhood dog Molly, through the present. The author holds nothing ba...

    A sweet and tender memoir of a woman and the animals who touched her life. I have had Montgomery's book The Soul of an Octopus on my to-read list for a while now, so when the ARC of this title tumbled into my hands, I just had to read it! This book is super-engaging. From the start,...

    This book was recommended to me by world-famous reviewer, karen to satisfy the category "A Book About Nature" for 2018 read harder. I don't think she's even read it yet but had heard it was lovely. Spoilers. It is lovely. I went camping this weekend with my husband and best frien...

    Sy Montgomery's love of animals is emitted from every page of everything of hers I have read. She writes with wonder at all her encounters, which is the basis of this whole book. Beginning with her deep connection to her childhood dog, Molly, Sy discusses the animals that have impacted...

    I was provided a free, digital copy of this title by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. How to be a Good Creature is a memoir in which a woman tells how animals profoundly changed her life. The type of animal varies, but every story and background of each is heartwarming ...

    Anyone who has ever loved an animal will love this book. I related so much with the author, Sy Montgomery, in her love for and curiosity about the animals in her life - and not just the ones that she lived with, also the ones that she encountered in her years as an author, naturalist a...

    Highly recommend this easy to read nonfiction book to anyone who has lived with animals in their home. Sy's experience writing science books and articles for both children and adults makes this a stronger book. She knows how to strip it down and make nonfiction accessible to all. Some ...

    Sy Montgomery is my kind of creature. I credit her for my love of octopuses, Kakapos, and Temple Grandin. Basically, if Sy Montgomery writes about it, I?m going to fall in love. Probably not everyone who reads How to Be a Good Creature will have to set it down to sob. (If that?s yo...

    A hardback with an invitingly illustrated colorful paper dust jacket and deckle-edged pages, its looks were what enticed me to pick up this book. I love a good memoir, and the description of this one made it seem likely to speak into my life as it is right now: mourning the loss of a c...

    Disclosure: Advanced Reader?s Copy received from EdelweissPlus in exchange for an honest review. "How to Be a Good Creature" is as much a memoir about the creatures that made the most significant impact in her life as it is about Sy Montgomery. Much of the book centers around...

    I deeply enjoyed this book. Parts of it were a little weird, but overall I enjoyed her writing endlessly and was so touched by how much she loved the animals that she met and interacted with as well as how much she learned from them. My favorite bits were the emus, the octopi, and ...

  • Stephanie Sherie
    Oct 03, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

    Simple. But charming AF. ...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    Received and ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Super sweet memoir about certain individual animals and the effect they've had on the author's life. Domestic, captive, and wild; everyday (dogs, pigs) and exotic (emu, tree kangaroos). If you're the kind of person w...

    Delightful. Humans and animals interact because animals can teach us so much about life, struggle, and survival. I got this book on Audio and the narrators voice was so soothing and yes- just as delightful as the book itself. If you are used to reading books with complex characters etc...

  • Cherie
    Jul 19, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

    Simple. But charming AF. ...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    Received and ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Super sweet memoir about certain individual animals and the effect they've had on the author's life. Domestic, captive, and wild; everyday (dogs, pigs) and exotic (emu, tree kangaroos). If you're the kind of person w...

    Delightful. Humans and animals interact because animals can teach us so much about life, struggle, and survival. I got this book on Audio and the narrators voice was so soothing and yes- just as delightful as the book itself. If you are used to reading books with complex characters etc...

    How to Be a Good Creature calls itself "A Memoir in Thirteen Animals" and is fairly equally a memoir and about thirteen animals. It's the story of Sy Montgomery's life from her toddler years, told in the story of her childhood dog Molly, through the present. The author holds nothing ba...

    A sweet and tender memoir of a woman and the animals who touched her life. I have had Montgomery's book The Soul of an Octopus on my to-read list for a while now, so when the ARC of this title tumbled into my hands, I just had to read it! This book is super-engaging. From the start,...

    This book was recommended to me by world-famous reviewer, karen to satisfy the category "A Book About Nature" for 2018 read harder. I don't think she's even read it yet but had heard it was lovely. Spoilers. It is lovely. I went camping this weekend with my husband and best frien...

    Sy Montgomery's love of animals is emitted from every page of everything of hers I have read. She writes with wonder at all her encounters, which is the basis of this whole book. Beginning with her deep connection to her childhood dog, Molly, Sy discusses the animals that have impacted...

    I was provided a free, digital copy of this title by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. How to be a Good Creature is a memoir in which a woman tells how animals profoundly changed her life. The type of animal varies, but every story and background of each is heartwarming ...

    Anyone who has ever loved an animal will love this book. I related so much with the author, Sy Montgomery, in her love for and curiosity about the animals in her life - and not just the ones that she lived with, also the ones that she encountered in her years as an author, naturalist a...

    Highly recommend this easy to read nonfiction book to anyone who has lived with animals in their home. Sy's experience writing science books and articles for both children and adults makes this a stronger book. She knows how to strip it down and make nonfiction accessible to all. Some ...

    Sy Montgomery is my kind of creature. I credit her for my love of octopuses, Kakapos, and Temple Grandin. Basically, if Sy Montgomery writes about it, I?m going to fall in love. Probably not everyone who reads How to Be a Good Creature will have to set it down to sob. (If that?s yo...

    A hardback with an invitingly illustrated colorful paper dust jacket and deckle-edged pages, its looks were what enticed me to pick up this book. I love a good memoir, and the description of this one made it seem likely to speak into my life as it is right now: mourning the loss of a c...

    Disclosure: Advanced Reader?s Copy received from EdelweissPlus in exchange for an honest review. "How to Be a Good Creature" is as much a memoir about the creatures that made the most significant impact in her life as it is about Sy Montgomery. Much of the book centers around...

  • Kirsty
    Sep 07, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...

    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...

    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...

    The author is charming and above all, this is a book about her love for animals. The book did not move me as I expected. I'm not sure if it was because the observations were too simplistic or because the theme was under-developed. Each chapter tells a story of the author's interaction ...

    Simple. But charming AF. ...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...