Eleanor Hawken worked as a children's book editor for many years and was part of the team that established the Bath Festival of Children's Literature. Her popular children's series "Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird "chronicles the hilarious adventures of a boy who spends his time with the furry and ferocious tenants of the zoo his family runs. Sammy couldn't be more excited when two pandas arrive at Feral Zoo all the way from China.
Sammy Feral is a lucky boy. His family runs a zoo, where he spends his time cheerfully hanging out with (to name just a few) orangutans, crocodiles, and snakes. But his good luck has just run out-the entire Feral family has been infected with a mysterious virus that causes them to turn into werewolves. Now his mom, dad, and sisters are howling at the moon, craving raw meat, and worst of all, trying to infect Sammy! Worse, it seems there is an evil professor trying to take over the Feral Zoo-could he have anything to do with the werewolf virus?Fortunately for Sammy, a crack team of cryptozoologists are on hand to help.
A moving, vividly rendered novel from the author of "The Basketball Diaries'suffused with Jim Carroll's humor and sharp wit, his delicate yet hallucinatory imagery, and his cool, sophisticated, streetsmart voice, "The Petting Zoo" is a frank, haunting examination of one artist's personal and spiritual quest. Billy Wolfram, an enigmatic thirty-eight- year-old star of the late -1980s New York art scene, views a show of Velazquez paintings and is so humbled by their spiritual power that he suffers an emotional breakdown and retreats to his Chelsea loft.