Monday, March 9, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books for Readers who like....Animal Stories

This week's topic: Ten Books For Readers Who Like.... Animal Stories

I might just be on my own with this one this week, but I do enjoy reading stories where the animals are the main characters. I thought I would round up some of my favorites from youth up to the last few years.  

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne  Pooh, Piglet, Owl , Eeyore, Kanga, and Roo all living happily in the  Hundred Acre Wood.  Many night's were spent reading this for a bedtime story.  

Socks by Beverly Cleary  I devoured all of her books growing up and Socks was a favorite read of mine.  
24178Charlotte's Web by E.B. White  timeless classic that I finally had the opportunity to read.  I would have cried buckets reading this as a child.   

Redwall by Brian Jacques  A series of books that I loved reading.  Medieval setting, fully fleshed out world lots of action and humor.  

7737900The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo 
Despereaux Tilling with his large ears and love of books, music and fondness for Princess Pea. 

The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson  The focus of the story is on the three familiars Aldwyn, Skylar and Gilbert who are the familiars to three young wizards.  They go on a quest to save their kidnapped loyal companions from an evil Queen.

2812352768169The Underneath by Kathi Appelt  A momma cat who befriends a lonesome hound dog in the deep of the Bayou.  Themes of darkness, love and loss told in a very deep moving way.

Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe   Harold and Chester are trying to find out if the newest member to the Monroe family of pets is really a vampire bunny.  

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo  We loved Ulysses the superhero squirrel,  such a fun entertaining book.  

 Mouseheart by Lisa Fiedler  Hopper the mouse finds himself below the streets of Brooklyn searching for his siblings.  He ends up in the city of Atlantia, a rat civilization that is about to wage war.

Finally one that I want to read 
sometime  Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins

So what are your thoughts on animal stories, love em' or leave them?  Any that you especially loved?


  1. I love your take on the topic! I haven't read any of these! I guess it's kind of embarrassing that I've never read Charlotte's Web! Oops... Great list :D

    Here are my Top Ten!

    1. I only read it myself recently, but Charlotte's Web is well worth it.

  2. Gotta love animal stories!! Here's my link to my TTT post for the week:

  3. This is a GREAT topic for this week's TTT! I adored The Underneath and of course, Flora and Ulysses is one of my favorite books. Animals in fiction are fantastic!

  4. AGHHHH!!! This is a list from my worst nightmares!!!!

    I'm not an animal story fan. The more human-like the animals are acting, the less I like it. But I LOVE Charlotte's Web. That's just a great book.

    1. I think I remember you saying that before :) At least there was one that you liked.

  5. I love animal stories! I loved Flora & Ulysses and Desperaux; great picks. I also liked the Guardians of Ga'Hoole and the first couple of books in the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. This is a great meme, I think I'll jump in, too!

    1. I hope you will Rosemary, it is lots of fun. Some top tens are difficult to limit to that, but it makes ya think.

    2. I hope you will Rosemary, it is lots of fun. Some top tens are difficult to limit to that, but it makes ya think.