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1JolieLouise
Jan 26, 2010, 8:57pm Top

I'm currently reading The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and I'm really enjoying it. I know of a few other adult novels that are told from an animal's perspective: Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann and Dog On It by Spencer Quinn (I haven't read either of them).
Do any of you know of any others that are told from the perspective of an animal - novels that you liked?

2ajsomerset
Jan 26, 2010, 9:11pm Top

Shakespeare's Dog by Leon Rooke.

3Copperskye
Jan 26, 2010, 9:51pm Top

Timbuktu by Paul Auster.

Sight Hound by Pam Houston has alternating chapters told from all of the characters' perspectives, including a wonderful Irish Wolfhound and a cat.

Also Spencer Quinn's second Chet & Bernie book is out - Thereby Hangs a Tail.

4reconditereader
Jan 26, 2010, 10:31pm Top

Weren't Black Beauty and The Black Stallion both from the horse's perspective? There's all those Misty of Chincoteague books too. I wonder why I can only think of horse books... hm...

5Copperskye
Jan 26, 2010, 10:37pm Top

I know Black Beauty was. Another oldie (and another dog book) is Beautiful Joe.

6teelgee
Jan 26, 2010, 11:10pm Top

Isn't The Story of Edgar Sawtelle told from a dog's pov? I haven't read it yet, but it's on my 2010 reading plan. I've heard mostly good things about it.

Also: Richard Adams' books, Watership Down, told from the rabbits' POV and The Plague Dogs, told from the dogs' POV. Watership Down is a classic, I loved it 30 some years ago. I wasn't as fond of The Plague Dogs.

7BlackSheepDances
Jan 27, 2010, 1:50am Top

Edgar Sawtelle has some portions with the dog's perspective but not all the book. A lovely read though.

What about Call of the Wild for the viewpoint of Buck?

Why are there no books about cats point of view? Or would it be too simple:

"Feed me, adore me, leave me alone. The end."

Amy
www.theblacksheepdances.blogspot.com

8JolieLouise
Jan 27, 2010, 6:00am Top

LOL! Amy . . . I was wondering if anyone would come up with books from a cat's point of view, too.

"Feed me, adore me, leave me alone. The end." Hilarious!

Wow, you guys came up with a lot of books. I forgot about the Richard Adams books. I have been afraid to read Watership Down. Don't the rabbits get killed?

Geez, I didn't know that Black Beauty was from the perspective of the horse. I really didn't read the right books when I was young. The classics completely escaped me.

Thank you for so many ideas.

So, CAN anyone come up with a book written from a cat's perspective?

9thorold
Jan 27, 2010, 7:38am Top

There are all those cat-detective stories, aren't there? Lilian Jackson Braun, Rita Mae Brown, and so on. Are any of those written from the cat's POV?

Watership Down does have a lot of death and destruction in it. I remember Shardik being rather gruelling too.

Tagmashing "animals,fiction,-children's" I came across Virginia Woolf's Flush - a biography from the dog's POV. Obviously even the greatest writers get tempted to write animal stories on occasion...

10kristenn
Jan 27, 2010, 9:27am Top

Graphic novel-wise, two really well done examples are We3 (basically Incredible Journey except they're cyborgs) and Pride of Baghdad, which is inspired by a true story.

11rft
Edited: Jan 27, 2010, 10:17am Top

#7, #8 : there is I Am A Cat by Natsume Sōseki but it's meant as a criticism of the society, not as a reflection of the way cats "think" (although I kind of remember the cat is rather selfish ...).

There is also a graphic novel series by Joann Sfar called The Rabbi's Cat.

12CurrerBell
Jan 27, 2010, 11:11am Top

#9>> Shardik, though, isn't told from the bear's POV. (It's told from the POV of Kelderek, the simple-minded hunter who pursues Shardik, believes in him, loses his faith, etc.) Personally, I think Shardik is Adams' best book, narrowly topping Watership Down.

Among other Adams works, Traveller is told from the POV of Robert E. Lee's horse. (I didn't care for it at all.)

13Eustrabirbeonne
Edited: Jan 27, 2010, 2:49pm Top

Mémoires d'un âne (Memoirs of a donkey) by comtesse de Ségur is a classic of French children's literature. It is a first-person narrative of a donkey's life, from his unhappy youth as a beast of burden to wealthy but heartless Norman farmers, to his serene older days as companion to the numerous children of a kind aristocratic family. The tone is sometimes a bit preachy, for the book was written in 1860, and the comtesse was all the starker a Catholic that she was a convert from Orthodox faith (her father was the count Rostopchin mentioned by Tolstoy in "War and Peace"). Moreover, I've read that her son Gaston (a bishop) rewrote some rather un-Christian episodes (the story deals a lot with vengeance). Yet the book is largely humorous, for Cadichon is a bright, resourceful and self-righteous donkey, largely devoid of the humility usually attached to his kind. There are also a few cruel passages that wouldn't appear today in a book for children, and an excellent Gothic episode. The whole has a wonderfully rustic Norman flavour about it, and the style is exquisite (especially from someone whose mother tongue wasn't French). The countess made me familiar with some of the toughest conjugations of our notorious French verbs and contributed to making conjugation manuals useless to me at school.

I'm not quite sure this book is commonly read by children nowadays, but it still was in the 1980s. I believe no French author ever wrote better or tastier descriptions of picnics than the comtesse's.

14BlackSheepDances
Jan 27, 2010, 11:41am Top

Did anyone mention the Brian Jacques books? THose are all animal perspectives I think, and YA titles.

15calm
Jan 27, 2010, 12:34pm Top

Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams is a fantasy novel told from the POV of a cat.

16CurrerBell
Edited: Jan 27, 2010, 12:55pm Top

Duncton Wood by William Horwood also rings a bell with me, and according to its Wikipedia article Horwood seems to have turned it into a series. I recall reading the first book, Duncton Wood, when it came out in 1980 or shortly thereafter and I don't have much recollection of it. I think I've got it in a box somewhere, and I may give it a re-read one of these days.

ETA: Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention. It's about moles.

17usnmm2
Edited: Jan 27, 2010, 1:38pm Top

The Silent Sky: The Incredible Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon by Allan W. Eckert

A biography of a passenger pigeon, that tells the story of the extintion of the breed. Told from the point of view of the pigeon

18cindysprocket
Jan 27, 2010, 10:21pm Top

There is the fantasy Cat Warrior books written by Erin Hunter.

19CarolO
Jan 27, 2010, 10:53pm Top

Fur Person by May Sarton is written from the cat's POV as I recall.

The cat who... books are not written from the cat's perspective but the Mrs. Murphy series by Rita Mae Brown are.

20QuestingA
Jan 28, 2010, 9:08am Top

I am Spartapuss and the others in the series (?). Another cat pov.

21alsvidur
Jan 28, 2010, 3:00pm Top

Jennie by Paul Gallico is told by a cat. In fact, Paul Gallico has written a few books on cats from their perspective - Silent Miaow and Honorable Cat are the ones I know off the top of my head. The only novel of those is Jennie; Silent Miaow is 'non-fiction', if you will, and Honorable Cat is mostly poetry.

There are way more books with an animal narrator that don't really describe animal behavior or thinking, eg Animal Farm, or with an animal as a protagonist but written in third person, eg Tale of Despereaux. The bulk of my favorite animal stories are in these categories.

22JolieLouise
Jan 29, 2010, 2:37pm Top

Hi alsvidur,
Cute comment - "Silent Miaow is 'non-fiction', if you will" LOL!
I just looked at your profile.
You're a newbie - and you live in Michigan.
Hello from Librarything and Hello from Michigan!

23JolieLouise
Jan 29, 2010, 2:39pm Top

Thank you for all of the ideas, everyone. I'm almost finished with The Art of Racing in the Rain and am loving the dog, Enzo, more and more with each page.
I love animals!

24platsdevil
Jan 29, 2010, 3:45pm Top

I know it's for younger teens but the Warriors Series by Erin Hunter is really one of the best i've read, because it describes them as a community and it's just a wonderfully painted picture in your head.

The Art of Racing in the Rain is Amazing by Garth Stein is one of the best books out there right now.

25keigu
Jan 30, 2010, 9:39pm Top

Seaton's books were from the animal's perspective, but I cannot recall the person, maybe it was the third-person and I suspect you want first- . . .

Re "Feed me, adore me, leave me alone. The end."

I would say there are some such cats as there are some such people.
Most cats are separated from their families when still young -- some so young they should be compared to feral children -- few get to live together with generations and exhibit the full range of sociability normal to cats. I have met cats I had to be teach the basics of meowese.

This is not to say there is not a broad range of normal behavior, just that our ideas of "the cat" are warped because of our treatment of them.

26PaperbackPirate
Jan 31, 2010, 3:58am Top

Firmin by Sam Savage is told from a rat's point of view. It was o.k.

27frithuswith
Jan 31, 2010, 4:14am Top

The Book of Chameleons by Jose Eduardo Agualusa is told from the point of view of a gecko. Sort of, anyway. And it's an interesting read!

28keigu
Jan 31, 2010, 12:37pm Top

Liz T, i am not buying and reading books this year but have been so amazed at the complex battle tactics used by gecko and their resemblance to cats when they face-off, and try to look big and move diagonally and make lots of noise, and may suddenly jump or flee only to whirl-about, etc . . that I added a page to describe two particularly interesting gecko I came to know in a recent bk on cats I wrote and am very curious to know more about The Book of Chameleons. Is the sort of detail I mention re. the gecko in the book? Has Agualusa really observed these critters up close?

29macadoodledoo
Apr 15, 2010, 6:36pm Top

This 58-year-old also loves Erin Hunter's Seekers series about bears. I've re-read them several times and found this website in hopes of finding similar books written for folks more my age. I will check out the Art of Racing in the Rain.
But I still count the days to the release of the 5th book in the Seekers series (26) :)

30BookBindingBobby
Apr 16, 2010, 7:10pm Top

31ddupont
Apr 16, 2010, 7:17pm Top

Diane Duane has a couple of novels told from the perspective of cats. Cats who are also wizards. The Book of Night With Moon and To Visit the Queen.

32theexiledlibrarian
Apr 19, 2010, 7:48pm Top

other juvenile titles come to mind:
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Mrs. Frisby is a mouse);
and Snot Stew by Bill Wallace (cat); Bunnicula (dog)

33AaronHarun
Apr 19, 2010, 7:55pm Top

It had some slow parts in the middle, but I thought it was better than OK. The first few chapters are good enough to make up for the feet-dragging later on.

34QuestingA
Apr 20, 2010, 11:07am Top

#32 Oh, I loved Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. One of my favourite books.

35dara85
Apr 21, 2010, 9:54pm Top

Bunnicula is told by the cat.

36VivalaErin
Apr 22, 2010, 1:20am Top

>32 theexiledlibrarian: I remember NIMH and Bunnicula from my childhood. Excellent books! NIMH even made a pretty good animated film

37theexiledlibrarian
Apr 23, 2010, 6:25pm Top

#35 Really? I remember it being the dog. However, I've been known to forget a thing or two over the last 50 years. ;) Must go re-read it, lol.

38Jadxia
Sep 18, 2010, 12:03am Top

There was actually an amazing book I read as a child called Just a Dog. It's about the life of a stray.

39Citizenjoyce
Sep 21, 2010, 7:57pm Top

I'm evidently one of the few people who hates The Art of Racing in the Rain because the dog hates being a dog. There are things you can change about yourself and things you can't. If you hate your very being, then I don't think you make a very admirable main character, at least not unless you find a way to overcome that feeling.

40torontoc
Sep 21, 2010, 8:23pm Top

Some of the chapters in Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant are narrated by the tortoise.

41Citizenjoyce
Sep 22, 2010, 6:26am Top

I just went to a book signing by Rita Mae Brown last night. I think in her new book, A Nose for Justice: A Novel a murder is solved by the main character and her dachshund, who I think talks to her. And she's written quite a few books about her mystery solving cat Sneaky Pie.

42craftyfox
Edited: Sep 26, 2010, 5:50pm Top

Even though they are for kids, I love the Hank the Cowdog books by John Erickson and the whole James Howe series my favorite of which is Bunnicula.

My favorite mysteries told from the perspective of a cat are the Midnight Louie books written by Carole Nelson Douglas.

43ellenflorman
Oct 8, 2010, 5:28pm Top

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44weeniegrrl
Oct 9, 2010, 12:09am Top

I know I'm way late jumping in on this, but Waiting for Gertrude is a story about the cats who live in a famous Paris cemetary....and they house the souls of some very famous people buried there. So,even though the narrator is a cat, she is also Alice B. Toklas.....

45craftyfox
Oct 9, 2010, 12:59pm Top

#44: Thank you! I will have to look into that book. It sounds right up my alley.

46celerydog
Oct 21, 2010, 7:11am Top

Felidae by Akif Pirincci

47PaperbackPirate
Oct 22, 2010, 8:09pm Top

Rose in a Storm by Jon Katz is told mostly from the dog's perspective, but it wasn't an amazing story.

48leon1220
Nov 3, 2010, 4:45pm Top

The Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer

A tale told by a stray cat who is taken in by humans and struggles to figure out what the heck is going on. Easy, quick, fun read.

49DragonFreak
Nov 3, 2010, 6:53pm Top

>18 cindysprocket: I find that kind of ironic that you would mention that. A person recently created a fan group for that book alone. I get all the feeds from new groups and that was one of them.

50horomnizon
Nov 8, 2010, 12:01pm Top

Didn't see this one and have to add it as it was amazing: A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron.

If you've ever spent any time with a dog, this is just a fabulous book to read. I believe they are going to make it into a movie as well. It was funny and touching, sad and yet uplifting - following the several lives of this one dog who learns a little each time around. I don't really believe in reincarnation but that wasn't a problem. The dog who narrates is wonderful.

There's also Bad to the Bone by Bo Hoefinger. Very enjoyable and humorous.

I've very much enjoyed all 3 of the Spencer Quinn Chet & Bernie books now, the first of which at least was mentioned in the opening of this thread - which is what brought me here. Dog on It, Thereby Hangs a Tail, and To Fetch a Thief.

I think I've been pegged as an animal book lover...at least half of the Early Reviewer books I get are about dogs or cats. :)

51jamilie
Nov 8, 2010, 1:56pm Top

I thought The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy was really moving, and it went into a lot of depth about the matriarchal elephant society.

52cappybear
Nov 8, 2010, 4:41pm Top

Archy And Mehitabel and Archy's Life Of Mehitabel by Don Marquis are volumes of poetry written by a cockroach (Archy) about a cat (Mehitabel).

53audreyl1969
Nov 11, 2010, 12:46pm Top

These are all such great titles! My favorite is Charlotte's Web.

54aubie3
Jan 19, 2011, 11:37pm Top

I just joined, so this is a little late, but one of my favorite books as a kid was Smoky the Cowhorse by Will James and is told through the horse's eyes. Great read if you like horse books.

55HolyGalah
May 11, 2011, 2:51am Top

A few more stories told by animals is Tooth and Claw (H fantasy) and Skin and Bone (proper link won't load for this one). Both are by Stephen Moore. I have read the first one, and it is very sad, but a beautiful story. I am currently waiting for the second one to come in the mail so I can read that one too.

I came along this chat because I was trying to find the title of these two books through google, not having any luck. I had written in heaps of different questions to try and find it, because putting in Tooth and Claw was coming up with different copies and not the book I was after. Then finally I asked my sister and she gave me the author and the title and I was right. LOL.

Also on my travellings I had found another book which I suspect is an animal one too. It is also called Tooth and Claw but from what I read about it, it is like an old Victorian romance novel, but the human characters have been replaced with dragons. I am not 100% sure on this, but if anyone has heard anything about it and can confirm this, because I would love to read it if it is about dragons.

Hopefully I have given some good suggestions for people to look up in the future. :)

56xxmandy95
Sep 4, 2012, 10:13am Top

First of all, I'm Dutch, so I'm sorry if my English is not perfect.

In Holland most students have to write a large paper in the year of their final exams, called a 'profielwerkstuk'.
My paper will probably go about English books written from animal's perspective to raise attention for animal cruelty.
An example of such a book is 'Black Beauty' by Anne Sewell.
I'm wondering if you know more of such books, which I can use to make my paper.
If you know any, please post the name and author here.

Thanks in advance!

57CurrerBell
Sep 4, 2012, 10:51am Top

Just out a couple months now (at least in the US): Albert of Adelaide, about a platypus and the other animals -- dingoes, kangaroos, a wombat, a Tasmanian devil, and others -- he meets after escaping from a zoo and traveling into the outback to find the "real" Australia.

58HarlequinBooks
Sep 15, 2012, 9:17pm Top

xxmandy95,

Right after I saw your post, audible sent a promo email out to me with these books, all about animals. I don't know if any of them match your criteria, but I thought of you and as it's only 10 books you should be able to look up fairly quickly a summary of each to see if you should read it for your final paper.

A Dog's Journey by W. Bruce Cameron
Little Boy Blue: A Puppy's Rescue from Death Row and His Owner's Journey for Truth
Dog On It (I doubt this one is for you)
Following Atticus
A Big Little Life
The Dog Who Danced
Leader of the Pack
Thunder Dog
Until Tuesday

Let us know how it goes!

Penn

59fuzzi
Edited: Sep 16, 2012, 7:05am Top

56xxmandy95, check out Beautiful Joe. It is probably exactly what you are looking for.

The Visitor is another fairly short book about a dog abandoned to live his life in a kennel.

If I think of any others, I'll post them here.

60Noble_Savage
Oct 9, 2012, 3:30am Top

Some of the best animal novels that are unheard of but really kicks ass:

A Hive for the Honeybee, Soinbhe Lally
Child of the Deadwood, Vincent Dublado
Top Dog, Jerry Jay Carroll
The White Fox, Brian Parvin
Silverwing Series, Kenneth Opel

61waltbatycki
Feb 5, 2013, 9:24am Top

Well, this isn't published yet...but I am in rewrites for my animal novel, which I expect to be published by mid 2013. It's called Shadow Rabbit, and the protagonist is a rabbit with supernatural abilities that stem from a curse she is under. She must use her abilities to stop an undead horror accidentally unleashed by humans. The book takes place both in our world and in different mystic realms. It is written for adults. It is a dark fantasy with occasional horror elements.

I have some links. :)

BTW this thread is great! There are several novels I had not heard of before! Thanks!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/shadow-rabbit-a-novel-of-dark-dreams-bunny-rab...

and

http://shadowrabbitnovel.com/

62TooBusyReading
Feb 5, 2013, 10:43am Top

I listened to a couple of the Spencer Quinn series, and the reader for those books is wonderful. Chet, the dog, seems to think just like I imagine my dogs thinking.

I recently finished Love Saves the Day by Gwen Cooper. Part of it is told from the cat's perspective, and I didn't enjoy that. It was just too cute, tried too hard to be clever, for my taste. There were parts of it that I enjoyed though -- just not the first-cat narrative.

I like some stories told from an animal's perspective, but it can be tricky to do well.

63fuzzi
Feb 5, 2013, 12:22pm Top

(62) I loved both Love Saves the Day and the Chet the Jet series by Spencer Quinn.

Different strokes for different folks!

64morningwalker
Feb 5, 2013, 1:21pm Top

Rabbit Hill was one of my favorites as a child. I loved it then and I don't want to read it as an adult and be critical of it, so I am choosing not to re-read it and continue to love it.

65cappybear
Feb 5, 2013, 1:39pm Top

58> My wife recommends Plague Dogs and War Horse.

66framboise
Feb 5, 2013, 4:55pm Top

#62: The chapters told from the cat's point of view in Love Saves the Day were my favorite. It took me much longer to get through the other chapters.

67fuzzi
Feb 5, 2013, 6:58pm Top

Did anyone mention Traveller by Richard Adams? That was a really good book, as was Watership Down.

I reread Rabbit Hill last year, morningwalker, and I enjoyed it as an adult. :)

68judylou
Feb 5, 2013, 7:04pm Top

I don't think anyone has mentioned Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres. Loved it. Loved the dog.

69fuzzi
Feb 5, 2013, 9:27pm Top

judylou, I put that one on my wishlist (TBR), thanks!

70judylou
Feb 5, 2013, 11:04pm Top

Hope you like it!

71hazeljune
Feb 6, 2013, 1:50am Top

One of my favorite animals is Beauty the mule from Ransom by David Malouf, also Beauty the milking cow from The Colour by Rose Tremain, and do not forget Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck, Charley is a very remarkable french poodle.

72fuzzi
Feb 6, 2013, 12:39pm Top

I found a used copy, judylou, and have ordered it from a store in Great Britain.

I'll let you know.

73judylou
Feb 6, 2013, 5:56pm Top

It was also a really good movie too. You might like to have a look at it AFTER you have read the book.

74fuzzi
Feb 6, 2013, 6:19pm Top

I might just do that, judylou.

As the book is being shipped from the other side of the Atlantic, I don't expect to see it for at least 2-3 weeks.

75hazeljune
Feb 6, 2013, 8:40pm Top

Among the most famous and beautiful readings re dogs would be Jack London's novels White Fang and Call Of The Wild.

76kpl
Apr 29, 2013, 10:23am Top

I am currently reading The Dalai Lama's Cat by Robert Michie. A story of peace told by a cat - lovely!

77CurrerBell
Apr 29, 2013, 3:33pm Top

Just finished a Kindle Single, Fox 8: A Story. Clever. 4½****, and I'll have to read some more stories by George Saunders.

78Bjace
Apr 29, 2013, 3:36pm Top

Did anyone mention The incredible journey?

79blockugan
Apr 29, 2013, 10:20pm Top

i don't think so.
But theres this great series of series and its main name is called Warriors. its from lots of different cats perspetives.

80fuzzi
Apr 30, 2013, 7:12am Top

Bjace, I didn't, because I was thinking more of the animal telling the story in the first person: "And then my food dish was filled, and I was happy". :)

81Rayaowen
Apr 30, 2013, 4:02pm Top

I've recently read Dog About Town by J F Englert and liked it enough to have purchased the next in the series. This dog reads and thinks and is the narrator of the book, but to his owner he looks like any other Labrador Retriever. The author is very clever in how he has the dog communicate clues so his owner can solve mysteries.

The last page of Dog On It by Spencer Quinn made me want to send the SPCA to the author's house to check if he's as irresponsible a dog owner as he shows Chet's owner to be. Won't read any more of that series.

82fuzzi
May 6, 2013, 8:08pm Top

Rayaowen, I will have to check my copy of Dog On It: I don't recall what you are referring to.

83Rayaowen
May 6, 2013, 8:16pm Top

fuzzi, If I hadn't thrown my copy in the recycling bin, I'd find it and quote the remark that annoyed me. If you look at the last page and think about all the hard work rescue groups do to try to teach dog owners how to be responsible, I think you will figure it out.

84PaperbackPirate
Jun 21, 2013, 10:37pm Top

I just finished Ten Thousand Heavens by Chuck Rosenthal. It's told mostly from the horse's perspective, but not in first person. Excellent story!

85hazycat
Jul 31, 2013, 7:48pm Top

Hi I'm new on here, I saw that no one had mentioned Blitzcat by Robert Westall, its great and from a cats perspective. Also I love Jack London Call of the Wild.

86nancenwv
Mar 17, 2014, 10:15pm Top

Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley has various POV, some human, some horse, one Jack Russell. She doesn't humanize the animals. I loved it.

87nrmay
Edited: Apr 9, 2014, 9:50pm Top

Jasper by Michelle Groce. Jasper is a neighborhood stray cat who resolves situations!

Ratha's Creature first in a series by Clare Bell. Fantasy about an intelligent cat-like being.

I have always liked both Blitzcat and Plague Dogs a lot.

Listen to recorded books in the Hank the Cowdog series. They are read by the author John Erickson.
Hysterical fun for all ages!

88krazy4katz
Apr 9, 2014, 10:04pm Top

One of my favorites: The Dalai Lama's Cat by David Michie. Principles of living "the middle way" through the eyes of a feline.

89CookieWookieBug
Edited: Jun 28, 2015, 8:41pm Top

Here are some I know
The Dogs of the Drowned City series is about a German Shepherd
The Warriors series is from different feral cats points of view in four different clans
Felidae is... umm... not very appropriate for kids
The cats of Roxville station
The Seekers series is about bears
Watership Down I've never read, but from what I have heard it's about rabbits
The saga of Rex I think is about a fox
Wolves of the Beyond is about... well... wolves
Well there are more I just can't seem to remember but ya

90patchygirl
Jul 23, 2015, 9:00am Top

I loved Me Cheeta.

91CurrerBell
Jul 24, 2015, 3:36am Top

I just bought The Sage of Waterloo by Leona Francombe, largely based on the Laline Paull's NYTimes book review. The battle of Waterloo as narrated by a rabbit — it's being compared with Watership Down, though I wonder if the comparison wouldn't be more appropriately to Adams's Traveller. The Sage of Waterloo looks to be a fairly quick read and I've got it in TBR for some time in the next few weeks.

92nrmay
Edited: Jul 24, 2015, 11:37am Top

>64 morningwalker:
fuzzi is right. Rabbit Hill will not disapppoint you as an adult!

Nop's Trials by Donald McCaig. Nop is a border collie.

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Rudyard Kipling. Classic adventure! Rikki is a mongoose in India.

And notable kids' books, with appeal for adults too -

Sheep by Valerie Hobbs. About a sheep dog

Pigs Might Fly
Babe the Gallant Pig read if you liked Charlotte's Web!
Ace, The Very Important Pig
Martin's Mice
These last 4 by Dick King-Smith, all very funny; great read-alouds.

Quentin Corn Classic by Mary Stolz

93dmstewart416
Jul 27, 2015, 3:39pm Top

I would add Sweet William by John Hawkes to the list, a picaresque, unromantic tale told from the perspective of the titular horse.

94PhilJackson
Aug 6, 2015, 4:08pm Top

I've recently read The Bees by Laline Paull.

The story of one bee's life and adventures in her own words.
She doesn't do anything outlandish - she just does what bees do and endures what bees have to endure.
The writing draws you completely into her world.
At times it's terrifying, at others heart breaking.
Such a compelling read.

95fuzzi
Aug 9, 2015, 9:22am Top

>94 PhilJackson: I read Maya the Bee many years ago, story told from the perspective of a bee. You might want to check it out. :)

96TooBusyReading
Aug 11, 2015, 2:44pm Top

For nonfiction about bees, I thought The Beekeeper's Lament was excellent. I'm glad I am not a bee. Nor, for that matter, a beekeeper.

97cottmanfamily
Sep 8, 2015, 1:27pm Top

I know this post is several years old but I happened to be googleing that same question when I came across your post. I just finished reading Chinese Whiskers by Pallavi Aiyar, which is from two cat's perspectives, and it is awesome! Though if you were still looking or for someone who comes across this thread looking for the same thing, definitely read Chinese Whiskers. It does not disappoint! And you learn a little Chinese too!

98smithcr01
Feb 10, 2017, 2:35pm Top

I am actually LOOKING for a book told from a horse's perspective... I LOVED it as a teen in Manitoba, Canada, and can't remember the name. I believe it was titled the name of the horse (one word) - the horse was born on a farm, talks about his mother, and then is sold and goes to the Calgary Stampede... and all the adventures in between... and eventually comes back home I believe... it's been 30+yrs but i would LOVE to read the book again. Anyone have any idea what book that is? I've been websearching for 2 yrs and still haven't found it and figured, perhaps someone here can help? :D
Thanks!
Crystal S

101vivienbrenda
Mar 14, 2017, 1:29pm Top

Animal Farm. Animal Farm. Animal Farm.

102Citizenjoyce
Mar 15, 2017, 12:33am Top

>101 vivienbrenda: How did it take so long to mention this one?

103fuzzi
Mar 15, 2017, 12:35pm Top

>102 Citizenjoyce: maybe because it's not a children's book?

104morningwalker
Mar 15, 2017, 1:23pm Top

Waiting for Gertrude: A Graveyard Gothic is a good one. It's better if you know a bit about the famous people who are buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, since the cats in the story are all reincarnations of some of these people.

105Citizenjoyce
Mar 16, 2017, 3:35am Top

>103 fuzzi: that could be it.
>104 morningwalker: Wow, that sounds great.

106Titusthemule
Edited: Nov 26, 2018, 11:49pm Top

The Golden Ass... From the perspective of a human that wanted to do a bird transformation.. As a newbie at spells, he goofed and ended up a Donkey.. I still count it as a memorable story told from the donkeys point of view, as a privileged youth of the upper class.. He witnesses and endures a long journey as a equine and a shocking amount of animal abuse.. Made me sad for him.. Some of it quite lewd.. but is expected from a book written in Roman times

107fuzzi
Nov 20, 2018, 7:49am Top

>106 Titusthemule: thanks for the recommendation. I plan to check it out.

108Citizenjoyce
Nov 20, 2018, 12:50pm Top

>106 Titusthemule: Hmm, 293 pages and it’s only available through my library system on paper. Now I have to decide if I’m up to the task.

109marell
Edited: Nov 20, 2018, 3:57pm Top

I really enjoyed A Dog's Life by Peter Mayle, in which "Boy" tells his own story.

Also The Hill Top Tales, a cozy mystery series by Susan Wittig Albert, featuring Beatrice Potter. The animals in the stories have their own conversations about the goings-on among the people they know and encounter.

110Citizenjoyce
Nov 20, 2018, 11:44pm Top

>109 marell: a cozy mystery series featuring Beatrice Potter. That sounds lovely.

111marell
Nov 21, 2018, 10:53am Top

It is a lovely series. Historically authentic and recipes of some of the dishes in the story.

112Titusthemule
Edited: Nov 27, 2018, 12:03am Top

Citizenjoyce... The 300 pages of the Golden Ass is padded with a lot of unrelated side stories that I personally believe were tacked on by later scholars to preserve old Roman lore from being lost.. Added under the excuse that these were things the poor creature overheard his owners telling each other.. If you're not a Shakespeare level reader, like me, the stories more enjoyable if you just skip to the donkey parts.. Which I adored.

113Citizenjoyce
Nov 27, 2018, 7:15am Top

>112 Titusthemule: Thanks. I am definitely not a Shakespeare level reader.

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