Kid’s Review: Noah Wild and the Floating Zoo

Kid’s Review: Noah Wild and the Floating Zoo

About the Book and Author

This fun adventure story with an eco-message for readers aged 6+ years is written by Alexander McCall Smith, illustrated in black and white throughout by Nicola Kinnear and published by Bloomsbury.

Noah can’t believe it when he finds out that his uncle owns a zoo with lots of animals including a tiger! But the zoo is closing down, and there are animals who need taking to new homes.  Noah and his family set sail on a round-the-world trip returning the zoo animals to the places they originated from. But what happens if an animal doesn’t want to go back to where he came from?

With echoes of the journey told in Life of Pi this book will appeal to any young reader who loves exotic animals and crazy adventures.


Noah Wild cover
Alexander McCall Smith author photo

Alexander McCall Smith CBE is the author of over a hundred books for adults and children, including the internationally bestselling series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. He has won three Author of the Year awards (British Book Awards, Booksellers’ Association and Waterstones).

Find out more about this formidable writer on his website.

Book Review

My favourite character in the book was Monkey Robertson because he gets up to tricks

Noah had four animals on his uncle’s boat. There was a kangaroo, tiger, alpaca and a monkey. It was like the story in the Bible of Noah’s Ark, but in this story Noah was taking the animals back to where they belong.

My favourite character in the book was Monkey Robertson, because he was funny, cheeky and gets up to tricks. His biggest trick was that he started the pirates’ boat, so they had to swim after it and this made me laugh.

Spoiler Alert: In the end Monkey Robertson wanted to stay with Noah, who he regarded as his family which was nice.

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Junior Blogger William
  • Name: William
  • Age: 8 years
  • Likes: Video games, outdoor play and Transformers
  • Dislikes: Tomatoes and the colour pink
  • Favourite Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • Favourite Film: Star Wars
  • Favourite Song: Lego House by Ed Sheeran