Best Talking-Animal Books
Best NOVELS (not picture books) featuring talking animals as either the main characters or secondary characters.
1 Charlotte's Web
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 614,688 ratings
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2 Watership Down
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 208,562 ratings
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3 The Lion, the Witch, and th...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 910,780 ratings
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4 Animal Farm
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,302,281 ratings
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5 Switch! The Lost Kingdoms o...
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4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 275 ratings
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6 Winnie-the-Pooh
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 149,588 ratings
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7 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 105,601 ratings
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8 The Golden Compass (His Dar...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 669,808 ratings
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9 The Wind in the Willows
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 88,790 ratings
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10 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 171,389 ratings
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11 Redwall (Redwall, #1)
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 50,505 ratings
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12 Alice's Adventures in Wonde...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 295,786 ratings
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13 The Velveteen Rabbit
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 134,076 ratings
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14 Rhinoceros Dreams: Stories
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4.57 of 5 stars 4.57 avg rating — 7 ratings
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15 The Jungle Book
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 45,377 ratings
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16 The Tale of Despereaux
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 74,780 ratings
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17 Stuart Little
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 61,542 ratings
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18 Bunnicula (Bunnicula, #1)
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 34,279 ratings
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19 The Phantom Tollbooth
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 128,883 ratings
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20 The Hundred and One Dalmati...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 20,090 ratings
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21 Turtle Wish
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4.68 of 5 stars 4.68 avg rating — 92 ratings
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22 Fantastic Mr. Fox
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 43,292 ratings
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23 The Mouse and the Motorcycl...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 42,868 ratings
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24 FLIGHT
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4.97 of 5 stars 4.97 avg rating — 60 ratings
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25 The Trumpet of the Swan
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 35,860 ratings
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26 The Tale of Peter Rabbit
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 110,592 ratings
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27 The Chronicles of Narnia (C...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 277,255 ratings
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28 James and the Giant Peach
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 188,203 ratings
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29 Black Beauty
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 136,587 ratings
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30 Fire Bringer
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 7,406 ratings
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31 Three Bags Full
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 5,730 ratings
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32 The Cricket in Times Square
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 36,675 ratings
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33 Just So Stories
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 26,588 ratings
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34 Bambi
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 20,581 ratings
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35 The Amazing Maurice and His...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 19,201 ratings
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36 The Sight (Sight, #1)
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 7,384 ratings
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37 The Mysterious Corridor (Du...
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4.87 of 5 stars 4.87 avg rating — 45 ratings
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38 The Master and Margarita
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 87,372 ratings
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39 The Rescuers (The Rescuers,...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 1,869 ratings
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40 Time Cat
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 3,908 ratings
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41 The Little Prince
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 441,202 ratings
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42 Elias Zapple's Rhymes from ...
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 46 ratings
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43 Felidae (Felidae, #1)
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 1,176 ratings
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44 Wild Magic (Immortals, #1)
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 37,476 ratings
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45 A Bear Called Paddington (P...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 44,438 ratings
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46 The Keeper and the Rune Sto...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 57 ratings
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47 Ripple
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4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 84 ratings
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48 The Keeper and the Alabaste...
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 18 ratings
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49 Pride of Baghdad
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 12,193 ratings
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50 Ralph S. Mouse: teacher guide
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 7,745 ratings
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51 The Plague Dogs
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 3,859 ratings
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52 Silverwing (Silverwing, #1)
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 7,019 ratings
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53 My Father's Dragon (My Fath...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 15,053 ratings
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53 Abel's Island
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 1,806 ratings
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55 Fell (The Sight, #2)
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 3,294 ratings
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56 The Story of Doctor Dolittl...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 28,630 ratings
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57 Mossflower (Redwall, #2)
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 46,207 ratings
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58 The Listener
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 14 ratings
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59 The Art of Racing in the Rain
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 230,110 ratings
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60 The Mouse and His Child
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 897 ratings
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61 The Complete Fairy Tales
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 74,211 ratings
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62 The Complete Tales
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 41,847 ratings
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63 Lirael (Abhorsen, #2)
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 56,291 ratings
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64 A Dog's Life: The Autobiogr...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 9,416 ratings
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65 Rabbit Hill
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 3,496 ratings
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66 Wolfie Goes to Town
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 17 ratings
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67 The King Tingaling Painting...
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 34 ratings
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68 The Knife of Never Letting ...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 62,316 ratings
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69 The Capture (Guardians of G...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 12,264 ratings
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70 The Sheep Pig
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 7,057 ratings
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71 The Animals of Farthing Woo...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 2,684 ratings
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72 The White Bone
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 1,738 ratings
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72 The Case of Jack the Nipper...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 37 ratings
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74 Freddy the Detective
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 471 ratings
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75 Into The Wild (Warriors, #1)
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 27,781 ratings
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76 The Complete Grimm's Fairy ...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 105,184 ratings
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77 The Last Unicorn (The Last ...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 57,927 ratings
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78 The Miraculous Journey of E...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 34,419 ratings
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79 The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 7,985 ratings
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80 Tailchaser's Song
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 6,598 ratings
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81 The Land of Laughs
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 3,149 ratings
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82 The Cat That Made Nothing S...
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 22 ratings
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82 Twilight (Warriors: The New...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 10,822 ratings
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84 Bluesky and Sunshine
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 6 ratings
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85 The Journey (Guardians of G...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 6,627 ratings
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86 The Labrador Pact
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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 592 ratings
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87 Darkwing (Silverwing, #0.5)
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 2,349 ratings
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88 Oh, wie schön ist Panama
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 2,204 ratings
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88 The Ghost of Opalina
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4.55 of 5 stars 4.55 avg rating — 92 ratings
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90 Francis (Felidae, #2)
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 363 ratings
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91 The Enchanted Forest Chroni...
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4.46 of 5 stars 4.46 avg rating — 6,161 ratings
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91 The Mysterious Corridor (Du...
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4.87 of 5 stars 4.87 avg rating — 45 ratings
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93 Cave Canem (Felidae, #3)
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 163 ratings
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93 Planet of the Apes
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 16,780 ratings
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95 Poppy (Tales of Dimwood For...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 4,028 ratings
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96 Basil of Baker Street
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 431 ratings
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97 Lionboy (Lionboy Trilogy, #1)
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 2,907 ratings
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98 The Book of Lost Things
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 31,611 ratings
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99 The Heavenly Horse From The...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 399 ratings
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100 A Mouse Called Wolf
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 689 ratings
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message 1: by Amy (last edited Dec 27, 2009 12:53PM) (new)

Amy I s'pose the ones I chose (or added) are not actually "talking" animals, but animals who talk to the reader; they are the narrators.


message 2: by Ted (new)

Ted You forgot Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. and Life of Pi
by Yann Martel. I'm sure there are a ton more. But are there any books where its set in real life and then an entire species start talking to the humans?


message 3: by Mark (last edited Jun 19, 2011 09:12PM) (new)

Mark Another new YA novel is The Listener, by Maris E. McCambley. One reviewer described the book as follows:

Imagine discovering one day that you have the ability to communicate with animals, and that the animal world has sent emissaries to ask for your help to prevent millions of needless deaths each year--not just animal deaths, but human as well. Imagine further that a very small but influential percentage of animals don't want your help, and they're determined to stop you.

Twenty pages into this novel you will believe that animals have spoken to you your entire life, and you just haven't been paying attention. The author has a wonderful ear for dialog, and seems to know exactly how a dog, or cat, or hawk, or rat, will respond to any given situation. I haven't "heard" animal dialog this good since I listened to E.B. White read Charlotte's Web. 8 - 12 year-old kids will love this book, but I would not rule it out for adults, especially those who have a warm place in their hearts for small, furry animals.

Here is the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4d3Bu...

Amazon (Kindle) link:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Listener-eb...

Barnes & Noble (Nook) link:
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-...

Here is the Smashwords link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/searc...


message 4: by Krisitn (new)

Krisitn The wind in the willows should totally be at the top of this list.


message 5: by Vianh (new)

Vianh What about the "Cottage Tales" by Susan Wittig Albert? I have only read one so far but it was really cute. The animals help to solve the mysteries.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could add them; it's easy to add books to lists. Up at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 7: by Vianh (new)

Vianh Susanna wrote: "You could add them; it's easy to add books to lists. Up at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes.""

Oh I see. I just added it. Thanks! :)


message 8: by Srinivas (new)

Srinivas thanks for the list.
i have a special interest in animal literature. this list, exact what i want, has.


message 9: by Angela (new)

Angela Oliver Um, there's no talking animal in "Wynn Dixie"!


message 10: by Roddy (new)

Roddy I'd love to see Julie of the Wolves on here, or the sequel: Julie's Wolfpack by Jean Craighead George. Otherwise great list, and I've already added Wind and the Willows to my library holds. So happy to see The Trumpet of the Swan on this list and hope it influences someone to pick it up if they haven't.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could add them; it's easy to add books to list. At the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes"; it will give you the choice of adding from your own shelves, or doing a general database search.


message 12: by Wanda (new)

Wanda Dear Librarian - As far as I know, Martha Grimes' novels do not feature talking animals nor animals as narrators. Thank you.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Wanda wrote: "Dear Librarian - As far as I know, Martha Grimes' novels do not feature talking animals nor animals as narrators. Thank you."

Several of them do, actually -- Grimes has a gimmick about "talking" (or at least "thinking"/"soliloquizing") dogs and cats in particular ... The books I added are all cases in point, where this phenomenon occurs most prominently.


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