An Animal Life

The Beginning

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
314 Pages
Reviewed on 12/23/2013
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Author Biography

Howard is an aquatic animal veterinarian and science writer who’s worked with everything from humpback whales, dolphin and jellyfish to sea turtles and lumpfish. With a long-standing goal to combine his love for animals, science and creative communication, Howard enrolled in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University where he studied science writing, nonfiction and fiction writing. He graduated in 2002 with a MA and has published numerous scientific articles and penned chapters including “When Whale Sharks Fly” in: The Rhino With Glue-on Shoes and Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and Their Patients (Bantam/Dell Publishing Company). In fact, Howard loves writing so much, he’s been known to compose emails and to-do lists on a daily basis. Currently, he lives in Vermont with his fabulous wife, their sweet dog Mola and a really-good kitten, Lucky George.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite

An Animal Life: The Beginning is a fabulous story from Howard Nelson Krum and Roy PE Yanong. Veterinary School: no matter where you go, getting into this level of veterinary medicine is basically Harvard for animal lovers. What do you get when you mix a horse racer, a pageant queen, and a K-9 cop? An amazing and funny read! The first years of the Death Row Crew are interesting, to say the least. But this enthralling story goes even deeper than a funny take on vet school. There are moments of pain, of deep thought and learning, as well as a few romantic pairings that will definitely have you scratching your head.

This is a very realistic and funny story. I had roommates in college who studied veterinary medicine, and while I was reading it was almost like I was back in my dorm room listening to them tell me stories about their day. Krum and Yanong really captured the light-hearted humor that they were going for. On one hand, the story is quite funny; on the other it's a really accurate portrayal of one of the best feelings in the world - when you close a book, and have a warm happy glow because the book brought you such joy. An Animal Life: The Beginning really is that book. It's a great read for vets and vets in training, as well as anyone who loves animals, people, and the crazy glue that holds us all together.