A cow, a pig, and a turkey walk onto a plane. Seriously, they walk onto a plane and fly to the middle east where they inadvertently unite the Palestinians and the Israelis. Elsie Bovary is a cow who was happy with her grass chewing life. One day, she ends up peering into the window of the farm-house and finds out there’s something called an “industrial meat farm.” This shakes her world to the core and Elsie is determined to leave farm life and her bleak future far behind. Shalom (f/k/a Jerry), the pig, and Tom, the turkey, get wind of Elsie’s plan and decide to join her on her quest to find a better life. Together they find their way to an airport, fly to foreign lands, and come to the realization that what is imagined doesn’t always work out.
Holy Cow by David Duchovny is a dry, witty book full of humor, self-realization, and apparent unintentional peace making. I have to admit my initial draw to this book was based on the author alone. I’m a big Duchovny fan and have always liked his sense of humor. I read the book description and it was a no brainer for me since I enjoy books written in this tone. Duchovny peppers in pop culture and rock music references, along with words on how to live in harmony with the world and one another, throughout the book. Elsie even slips in names of who should play whom for any script writers that may be reading. Admittedly this book won’t be for everyone – Elsie’s and her cow friend Mallory use “cray cray” and other slang terms – and the target audience seems a bit jumbled. This isn’t exactly a kids book since the humor is far more on the adult side, though there are several references on how to read certain things to your kids within the story. Tom and Shalom are good counterparts to Elsie and provide the extra comic relief, even when not needed.
If you enjoy slightly off books that are witty and humorous, this book is for you. Even if you are just a David Duchovny fan, this one is for you. The book read as I imagined one written by Duchovny would. I found it thoroughly enjoyable and laughed out loud several times. Elise and her fellow travelers are a good-hearted lot and make for a fun read.