This is the book I picked for the ‘Farmyard Animal’ category of the whimsical reading challenge.
This is a memoir written by Fred Thompson (actor, lawyer, politician). I'm completely torn about whether I like it or not. The first few chapters centred on clichéd 'words of wisdom my father/grandfather/toothless neighbour told me', and the middle section was also not to my taste (anecdotes of a troublemaker… the kind of boy I would have loathed at school). However, I found the later chapters much more interesting- the development of his career promised a much more unique story, he was involved in so many fascinating things! I just wish there had been more of a focus on that part of his life.
It's very hard to criticise someone's memoir, because it's their life… literally! There's no way you can do it without getting personal. Unfortunately I was expecting a bit more from this book… I thought that with a title like 'Teaching the Pig to Dance' it would be hilarious. I imagined that there'd be a scene where someone actually tried to teach a pig to dance, but there wasn't. However, after briefly mentioning a few of the cases he worked on he prompted me to do a bit of Wikipedia research; as usual I ended up stuck in a link pit…
He does however get a giant gold star for starring in Curly Sue.
If you've read any books with 'Farmyard Animals' in the title leave me a link in the comments below!