The Art of Taxidermy: An amazing story of love, loss, and growth.

The Art Of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot book cover
Published: Aug 13th 2019
Page Count: 240
Lottie collects dead creatures and lovingly cares for them, hoping to preserve them, to save them from disintegration. Her father understands—Lottie has a scientific mind, he thinks. Her aunt wants it to stop, and she goes to cruel lengths to make sure it does. And her mother? Lottie’s mother died long ago. And Lottie is searching for a way to be close to her. The Art of Taxidermy is a heartbreaking verse novel exploring love…

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was another book that I knew I had to try to get based on the cover first. As soon as I saw it I fell in love with it. It’s stunning! Then when I read the title I was totally sold. I've never read a book that was about taxidermy so this book intrigued me right off the bat. I didn’t realize until the other day that this book was written in verse. I have only read a few other books in the past 6 years that were written like this one and I enjoyed those, so I didn’t think that it would be a problem. Which it wasn’t at all. I thought that it being written in verse added to this story. 
We follow our young main character, Lottie. She is obsessed with all things dead. Something about death is so beautiful to her and she wants to remember these creatures that died so she decides to keep them. Although this is a strange thing for a young lady to do, this is a way for Lottie to cope with death. Her mother died when she was younger and she misses her terribly. Her father, who is such a good father, just wants Lottie to be happy. Lottie’s aunt thinks her obsession with dead animals is unhealthy for a little girl, but her father thinks that she just has a scientists mind. He lets her witness what a taxidermist does, which makes her fall in love with all things taxidermy. She decides she wants to try these things on her own. Once again making her Aunt angry and going to all costs to make Lottie stop being like this. 
I loved Lottie. You could tell that she truly had a passion for recreating things. And this was her way of feeling closer to her mother. This book was so heartbreaking at times, just to see the struggles that Lottie has. I could have read this book in one sitting and it would have taken me maybe 2 hours. It’s a quick read because it is written in verse. But this book packs an emotional punch that even surprised me! 
I recommend this book to everyone! I feel like this is a special book that everyone should read. And the fact that it is a quick read makes it even better.


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