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From the Horse's/Dog's/Cat's/Wombat's Mouth – A Dozen Animal Narrators
--selected by Cindy Welch
One of humans' favorite occupations is to explore the world from a different perspective. In this month's dozens, authors take on the personae of cats, dogs, hamsters, and even a crocodile, letting the animals tell their own stories.
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- Cronin, Doreen. Diary of a Spider; illus. by Harry Bliss. HarperCollins, 2005. Gr. 2-4
Our narrator shares pages from his diary in which he comically details his schooling, home life, and friendships. (BCCB 10/05)
- Fine, Anne. Diary of a Killer Cat; illus.
by Steve Cox. Farrar, 2006. Gr. 2-4
Tuffy, the titular cat, can't understand all the fuss over the dead animals he keeps bringing home to Ellie and her family. Don't they appreciate his wonderful hunting skills? Apparently not! (BCCB 4/06) For a look at the doggy side, see Fine's Notso Hotso (4/06).
- Finney, Patricia. I, Jack; illus. by Peter Bailey. HarperCollins,
2004. Gr. 4-7
Jack, the dog, narrates the fur-raising story of his love for dog-next-door Petra, and how he saved his pack leader (owner) from being caught in a building about to be demolished. (BCCB 4/04)
- Foreman, Michael. Cat in the Manger; written and illus. by Michael Foreman. Holt,
2001. 4-7 yrs
One cold winter night in a far away place, a cat witnesses the birth of a young child and tells the story of all the visitors who came to see the babe in the manger. (BCCB 11/01)
- French, Jackie. Diary of a Wombat ; illus. Bruce Whatley. Clarion, 2003.
When humans move into Wombat's neighborhood, she finds them an excellent source of treats if properly and patiently trained. (BCCB 11/03)
- Karr, Kathleen . Exiled: Memories of a Camel. Cavendish, 2004. Gr. 5-8
Ali the camel is taken from his native Egypt in 1856 and inducted into the United States Camel Corps, where he finds love and adventure as a desert ship of the American southwest. (BCCB 5/04)
- Marcellino, Fred . I, Crocodile ; written and illus. by Fred Marcellino. di Capua/HarperCollins, 1999. 5-8 yrs
Napoleon invades Egypt and Crocodile is rudely hauled off to Paris, where he is exhibited as a prize, but he escapes and makes a new life in the sewers under the city. (BCCB 1/00)
- Myers, Laurie . Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale ;. illus. by Michael Dooling. Holt, 2002. Gr. 3-6
The story of Lewis and Clark's trek west of the Mississippi is freshly told from the perspective of Meriwether Lewis' dog, Seaman. (BCCB 10/02)
- Reiche, Dietlof. I, Freddy: Book One in the Golden Hamster Saga; tr. by John Brownjohn; illus. by Joe Cepeda. Scholastic, 2003. Gr. 3-5
Freddy isn't content to spend his days with wheels and tidbits, so he leaves the comforts of hamster home in pursuit of life, literacy, and a chance to tell his own story. (BCCB 7/03)
- Rosen, Michael. Howler; illus. by Neil Layton. Bloomsbury, 2004. 5-8 yrs
Troubles arise for our canine narrator when his human family's newest possession, a baby he names "Howler," arrives on the scene. (BCCB 5/04) See Rover (BCCB 6/99) for the pup's earlier adventures with his human pet.
- Scieszka, Jon. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! By A. Wolf; illus. by Lane Smith. Viking, 1989. Gr. K-3
Alexander T. Wolf explains his side of the sordid story, in this clever takeoff on the tale of the three little pigs. (BCCB 9/89)
- Stewart, Linda. The Big Catnap. Cheshire House, 2000. Gr. 5-9
In this sendup of hardboiled detective fiction, feline gumshoe Sam the Cat takes on the mysterious case of Sandy, missing star of the Catslop cat food commercials. (BCCB 11/00)
- Wise, William. Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler;
illus. by Patrick Benson. Bloomsbury, 2004. Gr. 3-5
Christopher Mouse, separated from his family at a young age, narrates the exciting story of his attempts to find himself a good home. (BCCB 5/04)
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