BOOK REVIEW: Victor, the Vegetarian: Saving the Little Lambs

Victor, the Vegetarian: Saving Little Lambs

For years I have seen this book highlighted by a variety of vegetarian organizations. I’m putting together a list of humane education resources, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Directed toward vegetarian children, Victor, the Vegetarian tells the simplistic story of a child who doesn’t want his beloved pet lambs turned into lambchops, so he runs away with them and becomes lost. After being rescued by his parents, Victor announces he is becoming a vegetarian.

The family members live in a 1970s back-to-the-land sort of way, residing in the world’s most sparsely furnished cabin. Reviewers on Amazon have disapproved of the stereotypical way Mom is presented in a June Cleaver-style dress and apron.

Inexplicably, the text and artwork are printed in entirely green ink. The poor quality line drawings looked like something out of a junior high art class. The book’s final image, which appeared to be drawn in sharpie marker, especially had me cringing. However, in all fairness, the intended audience probably isn’t going to be overly critical of the artwork.

For those over age 5, perhaps the real value of Victor is to show how far the vegetarian writing community has come. Compare this with much more elegantly produced and presented modern books such as
That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things.

(review originally appeared at goodreads.com)

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