I have come to the conclusion that I like books that have animals in them. And by "animals in them" I mean the animals become principal characters.
I'm thinking of, for instance, Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
Or his more recent work, Beatrice & Virgil.
Alissa York's Effigy, or Sara Gruen's Water For Elephants.
The White Bone, by Barbara Gowdy.
Philip Pullman's trilogy would not be the same without Iorek the polar bear. And well... all the daemons!
Perhaps you feel the same way? Or... similar?
I received an email today from the fine folks at Random House -- a listing of soon-to-be-released material, and two of the books immediately caught my interest.
Fauna, by Alissa York.
And Ape House, by Sara Gruen.
I WANT TO READ THESE!
THEY HAVE ANIMALS IN THEM!
Reading an animal book from time to time is such a terrific reprieve from reading about the goings-on of humans.
Do you agree?
Of course, humans are animals, too. But they are way less........ animally.
After all, what makes The Wind In The Willows such a classic piece of literature?
Toad. Moley. Ratty. Badger. Otter...
What if Dr. Suess wrote The Human Being in the Hat?
What good would Tigger be, if stripped down, he was just some guy in a tiger suit?
Who would care at all about Winnie The Police Officer?
Or.... Paddington Human!