Creature Features - Tim Rowland (review & giveaway)

4 stars!

When Tim Rowland’s earlier book of his animal essays, All Pets are Off, was published, readers immediately clamored for more. Their preference for animal stories over the political columns Tim’s also known for is understandable: animals are way more fun to read about than politicians. Especially now.

So here’s a new volume of over 75 columns, from the introduction to the farm of bovines Cleopatra and Heifertiti, the Belted Galloway beauties, to the further antics of Hannah the English Bulldog and Juliet the tiny Siamese---and of course, more of the joyful bouvier des Flandres named Opie---that’s sure to provide loads of smiles and even outright guffaws. 

Tim Rowland is an award-winning columnist at Herald-Mail Media in Hagerstown, Maryland. He has written for numerous history and outdoor magazines and news syndicates nationwide. Tim is also keeper and lackey for a wide assortment of mostly non-useful, freeloading critters, aided as always by his trusty (well, mostly trusty) companion Opie. 
Check out his website - HERE

Are you an animal lover? Do you have a dog, or cat or both and a few goats, chickens and a pig or two? If you do than this just might be the book for you! This is a collection of cute anecdotes all about different happenings with animals. They are all short, simple, sweet, sometimes humorous, and quick to read.
Here are a few of the story titles -
  • Blondes have more fun - even Bulldogs
  • Acorn shortage sends squirrels into tailspin
  • Cats live to make people look foolish
  • Rooster that eats stink bugs not for sale at any price
  • The goop and the poop about goats
  • When pigs fly they need a pet carrier
And that's just a few of the cute titles.

One of my favorite ones is -Animals are Only Human After All.
"IF anything, animals can trump most of our undesirable characteristics...
The Alpacas spend all day spitting at each other; goats will chase other goats away from the haymow, even though there's plenty to go around; donkeys will scream if we dare feed other animals before they have had theirs; and a chicken of ours named Hattie will come up and peck at the back of your leg if you are favoring another animal with too much attention.
But these are minor vices compared to the geese - two of the most lawless and unlovable birds that ever roamed the face of the earth.They are as loud as a band of drunken pirates and mean as sin." ~this is so true, have you ever been chased by a goose?
I only had two minor disappointments when reading this book - There were no pictures. Yes, I know its nit-picky and doesn't take away from the stories... but I was really expecting pictures! I wanted pictures. And I was hoping this would be a book that I could read to my daycare children. And while it is very clean enough for children I just don't think they would keep their attention (some of the stories might). So maybe read it out load to the family while the children are playing with their Gameboy DS's, LOL.

All in all this was a cute, sweet collection of shorts. Fun to take on the road with you. Fun to read out loud to the hubby! A nice book to just maybe read one or two stories a day, take your time and enjoy them.

Thank you - Virtual Author Book Tours for sending me this book to read and review!

I am giving away my paperback copy of this book.
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  1. A wonderful book to share with the family!

  2. I would love to win this book. I enjoy reading stories about animals. It sounds very cute.


  3. I have seen a few reviews this week and everyone has enjoyed this book. It sounds pretty good for us pet lovers!

  4. Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed Creature Features!

  5. I do love animals. This would be great to have in my library...if my DIL doesn't steal it from me first.

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  6. Would love to win and review. I love animals.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

  7. I love animals and especially cute stories of all kinds of animals. Would love to read this. The cover is adorable!

  8. I really love books about animals. We have two cockatiels, full of personality but I love dogs and cats too.


  9. I have such a huge soft spot for animals! I've never heard of this author before, but from this post I can see he has a sense of humor. His book titles "Creature Features" and "All Pets Are Off" and the chapter titles made me laugh!

  10. I enjoy reading animal books. "Creature Features" sounds like a fun book to read.

  11. This book sounds like a fun and interesting read. I would enjoy reading about all of the animals. Thanks for this chance.


  12. Sounds like a very fun read! Thanks!