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Blog Tour Review: My Animal Family – Michael Botur

Today is my spot on the blog tour for ‘My Animal Family’ by Michael Botur. Thank you to Blackberry Book Tours for my spot on the tour and the E-ARC I received to review.

About the Author:

Author Bio –

Botur is author of four acclaimed indie short story collections and one collection which hardly anybody read. He published the novel Moneyland in 2017 which has had thousands of reads on Wattpad and in 2019 is publishing the novels Crimechurch and Moneyland: Payback.

Botur holds a Masters in Creative Writing degree from AUT University and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies from Massey University, as well as degrees in arts and literacy. Botur makes a living from writing as a columnist, corporate communications writer, blogger, advertising writer and journalist.

Botur has published creative writing in most NZ literary journals and has won various prizes for short stories and poems since beginning writing in 2005. He has been making money from creative writing since the age of 21 and was in 2017/18 included in collections put together by University of Otago (Manifesto 101) and University of Canterbury (Bonsai: Small Fictions.)

Botur has published journalism in most major NZ newspapers and magazines including New Zealand Herald, Herald on Sunday, Sunday Star-Times, The Spinoff, Noted, Mana and North & South.In 2017 Botur launched the only online ‘gallery’ for NZ short story writers,, where he makes much of his published work free to read and download.

About My Animal Family

Picture Book, 20 pages.

Illustrated by Emma Weakley and Michael Botur

Book available here:

Kids, it’s time to meet distant relatives you never knew were in your family… ‘My Animal Family’ is for every child amazed to learn humans are actually animals. This illustrated children’s book teaches you about your place in the natural world and reminds us we need to give all creatures great and small the same respect as human beings. Your guides to the phylogenetic tree are Abe and Violet Botur – two Homo sapiens siblings with a love of nature. Join two Kiwi kids as they find out how all life is related and meet many of our distant relatives, from Ape to Zyzzyva!

My Review:

I received a review copy of ‘My Animal Family’ by Michael Botur from Blackberry Book Tours in return for my honest review as part of the blog tour.

I’m not sure if this book is counted as Non-Fiction but I suppose it is but for kids. It introduces them to the facts which link humans to animals.

I must admit I found it a little difficult to read the children’s parts out loud but reading it in my head after it made a little bit more sense. One thing is though, that it did make me & my daughter laugh whilst we are reading.

There are interesting little facts going around the page too, many of which I didn’t know, so it taught me some things too.

It is a different way to approach the subject and I am sure my daughter has learnt something from it, and we had a laugh in the meantime,

Overall, an interesting and funny book introducing how humans are linked to animals.

My Rating:

💜💜💜.5 /5

H Around the World Review (My daughter – age 8):

I liked learning about how we are like the animals.

H Rating:

💜💜💜 /5

This tour continues until 24.02.22, so look out for more posts on Twitter and Instagram:


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