Actual rating 4.5/5 our zoo is a wonderful and personal insight into the establishment of a family run zoo (chester zoo). it highlights not only the struggles of starting the zoo but also the struggle to feed the animals during the rationing. it is definitely a fun, light read. our zoo is an extremely realistic memoir by june mottershead about her life living in a zoo from the age of four. there are only a few minor details lost through time (i.e. names etc). it is full of unique memories which clearly mean so much to june mottershead and i feel privileged to have read them. our zoo is also written in a very colloquial and easy to read manner. june mottershead's story made me smile, laugh and very nearly cry. i only wish the story continued on further than it did (but, of course, it is clear that a lot of time and effort went into this wonderful story). i would definitely recommend our zoo to fans of non-fiction, memoirs and animals. i also cannot wait to find a copy of the bbc drama series based on june mottershead's fantastic stories. it also makes me want to visit chester zoo.