Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Integrated Advisory: Going Bovine

Going Bovine
By Libba Bray

This is a hilarious teen book about a boy with mad cow disease who tries to save the world from fire giants by finding a time travelling physicist named Dr. X. He road trips with a dwarf named Gonzo and gets clues through visits with a punk angel named Dulcie. I know, right? Sounds crazy! It's really fun, though - a dark comedy with plenty of teen angst and implausible situations. The reader never really knows if any of it happened as the story goes or if it is just the imaginings of Cameron's sick, dying brain.

Fiction read alikes:

Soul Enchilada by David Macinnis Gill
"When a demon appears to repossess her car, eighteen year-old Bug Smoot discovers that both the car and her soul were given as collateral in a deal made with the Devil by her irascible grandfather."

Demons, teenagers, dark comedy...yes!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Teens with fatal illnesses, dark humor, and gritty language make this a more serious, less fantasy, read alike for Going Bovine.

Deadline by Chris Crutcher
A dying teen tries to make the most of his last year of life.

Non-Fiction Read Alikes

Mad Cow Disease by Barbara Sheen
Learn about this horrible wasting disease.

New Atlantis: Musicians Battle for the Survival of New Orleans by John Swenson
One of my favorite parts of Going Bovine is when they are in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, listening to Junior Webster play jazz. This is a book about re-building New Orleans through music. A stretch as a read alike, but an interesting book nonetheless.


Centers for Disease Control on BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephelopathy, or Mad Cow Disease)
An article that explains Mad Cow Disease from the authorities.

Road Trip (the movie), 2000
This rauckus movie goes with the part of Going Bovine where they attend the spring break "festivities" of YA! TV in Daytona. Par-tay!

The Essential Louis Armstrong (music CD), 2004
In my mind, Junior Webster in Going Bovine looks and sounds like Louis Armstrong. Here's a CD that introduces Louis Armstrong to anyone who is not familiar.


  1. I like your review :D Here's mine if you don't mind:

    Thanks and have a nice day!

  2. Loraine sent me a nice review of Going Bovine: