Parents' Guide to

Life of Pi

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Fascinating survival tale with animal facts, gory detail.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+

"Reality is Unliveable"

So enchanted with fantasy and beautiful mythologies that it loathes anyone with an ability to accept reality, to face hardship, to tackle life's challenges with grit and rationality.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 15+

Agree w/ the site, this is for older readers

Read this book with my son as he was assigned it in class. He's 12. Although it's an amazing book to which I give 5 stars on goodreads, the shockingly awful violence and realities (weird word choice, I know) and very mature take on religion make me very sad to know that my son was obligated to read this. Too soon by my lights.

This title has:

Educational value
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (43 ):

Life of Pi is a fascinating and original story of survival and identity. Martel creates a wonderfully realized, clever character in Pi, and a unique world of home, zoo, school, and various houses of various gods. The bit where all three religious figures realize that Pi has joined their faith is quite funny, and so wise. Readers have come to love Pi by the time his ship sinks, and every terrifying, bloody struggle he faces is met with intelligence and frought with tension. This is a smart, absorbing novel, although, given its gory descriptions, not a book to be enjoyed with a meal.

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