Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic
I was raised in the suburbs, and it wasn’t until I was a married city dweller with 2.2 kids of my own that my parents decided to move to a horse ranch and start a little farm full of rescued animals and greenhouses that sheltered organically cared for delectables. How unfair is that! These days, our six children beg to go to the farm, and my husband and I dream of a country house and micro farming set up of our own. So, when I came across Tim Rowland’s Creature Features, I was eager to get reading!
Rowland is a columnist who, apparently, writes most often on politics, but when he and his wife moved to their own mini farm he took on writing articles that captured the everyday humor within their new adventure. Creature Features is a collection of those articles from June 2008 through October 2012 and explores life with different types of animals as the couple tries to work out what type of farm they really envision for themselves and, therefore, what kinds of animals they want to include.
To be quite honest, as much as I looked forward to a peek into the lives of newbie farmers, I felt that much of Rowland’s humor was forced in the, “Well, I guess you just had to be there.” kind of way. Being articles, and limited to the allotted space of the column it also seemed that many of the articles in Creature Features were just starting to take off and become interesting when, suddenly, space ran out and the article was quickly tied up. I wasn’t as impressed as I wanted to be.
That said, I do think that, with the expectation of a short ride and wrap up, Tim Rowland’s Creature Features is still a good read for those short breaks we have tucked into our busy days. Who wouldn’t like to spend their waiting room time hearing about the miniature horse’s new antics or what those geese are up to now? It is definitely a read for those smitten by animals and the romantic notions of country life, as well as for those of us who love “people watching”, as Rowland personifies his animals to great extents.
Alyssa Katanic is a wife and homeschooling mother of 6 children under 10 years old. She loves reading and collecting great books to share with others and knows that one can never have too many!
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by High Peaks Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.