Saturday, April 22, 2017

Book Review: Shoebox Funeral by Elisabeth Voltz

Hey guys, sorry I didn't post anything yesterday. I really wasn't feeling it and I preferred to avoid posting something just for the sake of it. But I'm back, so don't worry!

Shoebox Funeral by Elisabeth Voltz

Release date: May 16th 2017
Publisher: Animal Media Group LLC
Pages: 310
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley


From Goodreads:

Growing up with ten siblings on a farm in rural Grove City, PA, Beth Voltz came in contact with many animals, as one would expect when you live on a farm. But the Voltz family farm would usually have a few additions each week—the townspeople would often drop off their unwanted, or worse, dying animals for the Voltz family to take care of. Shoebox Funeral: Stories from Wolf Creek (Grave Tales) is a heartfelt collection of short stories about the ducks, cats, dogs, and birds that Beth would befriend, all the while knowing that they wouldn't be around for very long.


I picked this book because I, as an animal lover, thought I would enjoy reading about a girl who refused to let helpless animals die. Unfortunately, it was a bit too depressing for me to fully enjoy.

If I'm being honest, I didn't finish this book. I thought you should know. 

While the writing was exceptionally good, the stories were just so graphic that I couldn't stand reading death after death.

Another element I liked, were the illustrations. They are fantastic and really sweet. The style would be great for a children's book. 

As with the previous Animal Media Group I reviewed, the edition I received has some format issues. I'll leave a picture for you to see:

There are also some letters missing throughout the book. I assume it's because of it being an ARC. You can appreciate here the beautiful art I mentioned before, isn't it stunning?

It's fantastic how innocent and pure kids can be and how they help selflessly when adults wouldn't even consider it. So, thank you, Elizabeth for what you've done and for sharing your life story. I hope everyone gets inspiration out of it. I know I did.


3 out of 5 stars

About the Author

Elisabeth Voltz was born on a farm in Grove City PA, the tenth child to a horticulturalist and a mathematician/exorcist. There she collected unlucky and even suicidal animals, accumulating tragic death stories until she moved to Pittsburgh twelve years ago to become a video editor at Animal Inc.

What I've said shouldn't stop you from checking it out! Make sure to do so. What did you think? Would you have survived with 10 siblings?

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