Book Review: We Bought a Zoo | Jest Kept Secret

We Bought a Zoo

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I think the timing of this book review is pretty appropriate considering today is a double post day, and the other post is the beginning of this month’s Battle of the Zoos series. Be sure to check that out while you’re here!

Title: We Bought a Zoo
Author: Benjamin Mee
Genre: Memoir
Content Warning: Scattered strong language


In the tradition of “Marley & Me” comes an unforgettable memoir about the mysteries of the animal kingdom, the power of family, and the triumph of hope over tragedy in this chronicle of the Mee family’s purchase of the Dartmoor Wildlife Park, a dilapidated zoo in the English countryside.


My Thoughts

I LOVED this book! It was fascinating to learn about the day-to-day operations of a zoo and the world of zookeeping. The writing was tight, the voice was well-developed, and the humor was so British. I fell in love with all of the characters (human and animal) and it made me miss England so badly.

I could do with a few less F-words, though. No need for any of that.
Score: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

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Book Review: We Bought a Zoo | Jest Kept Secret


    1. I liked the movie, but haven’t read the book yet. Usually, I think the book is better than the movie. Have you seen the movie, Jess?

      1. Yes, it’s one of my favorites. It’s quite good. Some of the details crossed over from the book to screen, but not many. I think it stays true to the heart of the story, though.

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