A Tuesday Ten: Anthropomorphic Animal Fantasy

I’m going to attempt to add an extra weekly insert.  My Tuesday Ten will be a quick listing of books on a specific theme or topic.  We’ll see whether I can continue to find ten of something every week to feature.

This week we’re looking at books that feature Anthropomorphic critters–that’s animals that act like people.  We’ll leave out picture books from this list and focus on fiction for slightly older readers.


Redwall by Brian Jacques (Philomel, 1987)

All sorts of furry woodland creatures having medieval style swashbuckling adventures and feasting in mouthwatering fashion.  Look for the entire Redwall series for more if you like this one!


Guardians of Ga’Hoole: The Capture by Kathryn Lasky (Scholastic, 2003)

Book one of an adventure series featuring an owl society rife with good, evil and mysterious legends.


The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, illustrated by Michael Hague (Henry Holt and Co., 2003)

More than a century old, this classic tale of quirky animal characters is still around and fondly loved.


Return to the Willows by Jacqueline Kelly, illustrated by Clint Young (Henry Holt and Co., 2012)

A charming sequel that captures the spirit and fun of the first story, even if these were written more than a hundred years apart. I couldn’t resist adding this, as it finally convinced me to read the original!


The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins, 2001)

What if the whole story of the Pied Piper was a con game run by a group of intelligent rats?  And the mastermind behind it was a very clever cat?  Find out!


Stuart Little by E. B. White, illustrated by Garth Williams (HarperCollins, 2005)

Mice seem to come up a lot in this topic.  In this classic tale, Stuart is a highly unusual mouse raised by human parents and living in New York City.


Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake (Puffin, 1998)

Dahl’s clever fox finds a way to outwit some nasty farmers and win the day for all his woodland friends! (Though the chickens do not fare well in this story).


Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson (Viking Juvenile, 1944)

This Newbery Medal winner might be a bit dated, but the story of the animals living around an old farm when new people move in still manages to charm kids.


The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering (Candlewick, 2003)

Yup, another mouse story.  This one about the tiny, but giant-spirited Despereaux who sets out on an adventure in a castle with many dangers for such a little mouse.


Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel (Simon & Schuster, 2007)

The first book in the author’s story about a colony of bats and the challenges they face when outsider bats turn their worldview upside down!

So these are just a quick ten on this topic–what are some of your favorites?


About Stephanie Whelan

I'm a children's librarian with a life-long love of all things science fiction and fantasy.

Posted on July 30, 2013, in General Posts, Lists and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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