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Bad Kitty Gets a Bath
by Nick Bruel

Takes a humorous look at the normal way cats bathe, why it is inappropriate for humans to bathe that way, and the challenges of trying to give a cat a real bath with soap and water. Includes fun facts, glossary, and other information.

» Check out other books in the series.
» Visit the author's website.

A Dog on His Own
by Mary Jane Auch

After a daring escape from the animal shelter, Pearl, Peppy, and K-10--so named because he is one step above all the other canines--explore the outside world while moving from one adventure to another.

» If you want to learn more about dogs and how to take care of them, read Why Do Dogs Drool? by Suzanne Slade and Woof and Wag: Bringing Home a Dog by Rebecca Fjelland Davis.

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
by Kate DiCamillo

The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

» Check out other animal stories by the same author: The Tiger Rising, Because of Winn-Dixie and the Mercy Watson series about a pet pig.

Daisy Dawson is on Her Way
by Steve Voake

One day when Daisy is late for school, an encounter with a butterfly leaves her suddenly able to communicate with animals, and when Boom, a stray dog, is caught by the pound, she enlists the help of a host of other animals to rescue him.

Other Daisy Dawson books:
» Daisy Dawson and the Secret Pond
» Daisy Dawson and the Big Freeze

Humphrey the Hamster Series
by Betty G. Birney

Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.

Lunchbox and the Aliens
by Byran W. Fields

Lunchbox is an ordinary basset hound until he is abducted by aliens, zapped by a mental enhancer, and sent back to convert Earth's garbage into food--a task that would be easier if he had opposable thumbs, or at least tentacles.

The Georges and the Jewels
by Jane Smiley

Seventh-grader Abby Lovitt grows up on her family's California horse ranch in the 1960s, learning to train the horses her father sells and trying to reconcile her strict religious upbringing with her own ideas about life.

Love horse stories? Check out these other fantastic novels about horses and their human companions!
» Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff
» Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Bless This Mouse
by Lois Lowry

Mouse Mistress Hildegarde musters all her ingenuity to keep a large colony of church mice safe from the exterminator and to see that they make it through the dangerous Blessing of the Animals.

Want to learn more about author Lois Lowry? Visit her website.

Mr. Popper's Penguins
by Richard Atwater

The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.

Want to learn more about penguins and where they live? Check out the following books:
» Penguins: Strange and Wonderful! P by Laurence Pringle
» Face to Face with Penguins by Yva Momatiuk

Charlotte's Web
by E.B. White

Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.

» E.B. White is also the author of another favourite animal book: Stuart Little