Where the Wild Stories Are: Ten Books with Animals in the Title

Who doesn’t love a good animal story? Personally, I’m partial to cat tales, and I’ve picked up more than a few books just because they had a cute kitten on the cover. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, the theme is centered on characters I’d name a pet after. And as great of a topic as that is, I’m drawing a total blank. Gatsby? Tin Woodman? Whatever that fish’s name was from The Old Man and the Sea? So instead, I’d like to veer slightly off course and highlight ten books plucked from the jungle known as my bookshelf that feature animals in the title.


The Benefits of Being an Octopus
by Ann Braden
Goodreads

The Black Flamingo
by Dean Atta
Goodreads

Frog and Toad are Friends
by Arnold Lobel
Goodreads

Running with Lions
by Julian Winters
Goodreads

Saving Fish from Drowning
by Amy Tan
Goodreads

The Street of Crocodiles
by Bruno Schulz
Goodreads

The Thing About Jellyfish
by Ali Benjamin
Goodreads

The Tiger’s Daughter
by K. Arsenault Rivera
Goodreads

Track of the Cat
by Nevada Barr
Goodreads

What If a Fish
by Anika Fajardo
Goodreads


Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.

69 responses to “Where the Wild Stories Are: Ten Books with Animals in the Title”

  1. I love some of these titles. The Benefits of Being an Octopus sounds fun!

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    1. That one is so good—I still think about it all the time! Just a very powerful read.

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  2. The Benefits of Being an Octopus. That title. It’s one of those that I don’t care what it’s about. I wanna read it!

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    1. I cannot recommend it highly enough! The title is pretty perfect, and so is the rest of the book.

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  3. I want to read THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH I’ve heard it is so good. I had fun creating my list this week since I have named a lot of pets for literary characters. My TTT List

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    1. It’s such a great book! And I’m looking forward to checking out your list—everyone has been so creative with their choices this week.

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  4. I like your take on the topic! Now that I’m thinking about it I don’t know if I’ve read many books with animals in the title or cover… I did recently read the Black Flamingo and absolutely loved it! The audiobook was great.

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    1. Funny you mention it, I thought for sure I’d read MORE, but it wasn’t the easiest to find ten from my pile of books. So glad to hear you liked The Black Flamingo—isn’t it amazing?

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  5. Oh i love how you switched this topic. I loved Running with Lions.

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    1. Running with Lions is ridiculously good. Glad to see another fan out here in the wild!

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  6. Interesting take on the topic. Put the Octopus book on my TBR for 2021. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/11/ttt-111720.html

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    1. I hope you end up enjoying it! One of my favorites.

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  7. Great list! I’ve heard so many good things about The Black Flamingo.

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    1. I cannot recommend it highly enough. But then I’m a total sucker for books told in verse.

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  8. Nice take on this week’s topic! My kids loved the Frog and Toad books! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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    1. Those books are the best. One of my childhood favorites—and they’re still a ton of fun!

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  9. Good twist! For a second there I thought you were suggesting naming a pet ‘Octopus’ and thought that would work too, haha!

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    1. It would definitely be a quirky name that I could get behind!

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  10. I’m so curious about The Benefits of Being an Octopus.

    My post.

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    1. It’s so good! I think you might really enjoy it.

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  11. What a clever twist! Well done. I haven’t read any of these, but To safe a fish from drowning draws my attention.

    Happy Tuesday and here’s my TTT: I was named after

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    1. Oh, I love that one, but I’m a big fan of Amy Tan’s work. Something about her writing just clicks with me.

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  12. This is a great twist to the topic! The Benefits of Being an Octopus is an intriguing title.

    My TTT: https://herbookishdesires.wordpress.com/2020/11/17/top-ten-tuesday-characters-id-name-a-pet-after/

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    1. I love that title—and the way that it ultimately wraps into the story! Such a great book.

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  13. Love your take this week! I was stuck on the pet names thing and didn’t even think beyond that 😂 This is the second time I’ve seen that Octopus book mentioned today (on different platforms too) so now I’m all curious and feel like I should check it out! Great list 🙂

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    1. It’s so good! I think you’d really, really enjoy it. Though honestly, fair warning, it packs a pretty big emotional punch. Ugh, I might have to reread it soon.

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  14. I really enjoyed your take on this TTT! =) There are quite a few books that have animals in them!

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    1. Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun tracking down ten great ones.

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  15. The Black Flamingo is on my list to read! Love how you approached the topic 🙂

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    1. I hope you love it! It’s great, especially if you’re into novels in verse.

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  16. Frog and Toad was my favorite in elementary school! I might have to revisit it. ❤️

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    1. Same here! Absolutely adored that book while I was in school. You should definitely revisit it—it holds up!

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  17. I like this twist on the title! I couldn’t come up with actual pet names (especially since I”m not planning on adding pets to my household anytime soon) — your approach is lots of fun!

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    1. I think that was kind of my mindset too! I’m not really thinking about more pets right now, and if I start thinking about names … who knows what animal is try to adopt.

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  18. This was a fun way to switch up the topic! It made me think of the book Lily and the Octopus.

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    1. Oh that’s such a good one! I didn’t even think to include it.

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  19. I just listened to The Black Flamingo a little while ago and it was fantastic. Great list this week!

    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. I’ve had a few people mention that they listened to the audiobook, and I kind of wish that’s how I was introduced to the story. As great as the text is, I’m sure it’s even more powerful when spoken!

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  20. Very interesting list, and like so many others, I have to investigate The Benefits of Being an Octopus.

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    1. It’s such a powerful book, and one that I think you’d really enjoy. As great as it is, I’ve still been pleasantly surprised that it’s the one the most people have connected with this week!

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  21. These are so great! I love your twist on the topic. Frog and Toad are Friends was a favorite during my childhood. 🙂

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    1. I adored that series as a kid, and they still hold up today. Always glad to see another fan of them out in the wild!

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  22. Nice take on this week’s theme!

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  23. Like your twist on this week’s topic. I hadn’t heard of some of these stories. Now, I need to check them out. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

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    1. I hope you find a few new favorites in here! Thank you so much for reading.

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  24. I’m so embarrassed to say that the only book I know on this list is Frog and Toad are Friends! Oops. It looks like I have a gap in my bookshelf for books featuring animals in the title. XD I do love this twist. Let’s see, I can add The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, 2 AM at the Cat’s Pajama’s by Marie-Helene Bertino, and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Wow. That was shockingly difficult!

    My TTT post!

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    1. Nothing wrong with that at all! I have to say, Frog and Toad might be my favorite from my list … it’s just such a great read. And if it makes you feel better, I haven’t read any of the ones you listed! Though The Raven Boys and The Bear and the Nightingale are both on my TBR pile. And now that I’m looking it up, 2 AM at the Cat’s Pajamas looks really interesting…

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      1. 2AM is a really unique book. I’m glad I read it and discussed it with a book group — that helped me appreciate it a LOT more. Well, book clubs always do that for me. XD

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  25. I like your twist on the topic, and almost did the same thing until I decided I wanted to see the animals on the covers. Have a wonderful week.

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    1. I almost approached it the exact same way! Thanks for reading, and have a great rest of your week.

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  26. What if a Fish and The benefits of being an octopus are two of the more unusual choices for titles i’ve seen in ages! I love your take on this week’s list — it’s got me thinking about my books and animal titles.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! There are a ton of great books out there with animals in their titles—it was almost hard to limit myself to ten.

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  27. I’m also one to pick up books just because they feature animals, which was strange as a kid since I never did touch the Warrior series. I guess I tended to go more for fantasy creatures. Also foxes. I’m so glad to see Frog and Toad mentioned. Those are great books. I think I’ll have to add some of these others to my TBR… The Benefits of Being an Octopus and The Thing About Jellyfish both sound really intriguing!

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    1. Both of those are fantastic! I hope you end up loving them if you check them out. Funny you mention it, but I actually just grabbed the first book in the Warriors series. It didn’t appeal to me so much much when I was younger, but now I’m curious what all the fuss is about!

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  28. Oh I loved The Thing About Jellyfish! Such a good story. Great twist!

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    1. I love hearing that! It really is a great book. Thanks for reading.

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  29. I love your twist on this week’s theme. The Thing About Jellyfish is the only one I’ve read so far but what a great read. 🙂

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    1. Isn’t it just amazing? I think about it a lot. Such a powerful read.

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  30. I have some of these and still need to read The Thing About Jellyfish! I’ve heard good things.

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    1. Oh, it’s fantastic! One of my favorites.

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  31. Great list! The Benefits of Being an Octopus, The Black Flamingo, and The Thing About Jellyfish are books that I really, really want to read.

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    1. They’re all pretty great! I hope you end up enjoying them if you’re able to check them out.

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  32. I really enjoyed The Thing About Jellyfish, and have just added The Benefits of Being an Octopus, it sounds really good. Great take on the top ten.

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    1. I think you’ll love The Benefits of Being an Octopus. It’s such a powerful book.

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      1. And, my library has it.

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  33. Is that your cat? So beautiful! Cats are my fave!!!

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    1. That gorgeous cat is, unfortunately, not mine … though don’t let my cats know I was paying another cat a compliment!

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      1. Hahaha! It is a beautiful cat, but all cats are beautiful in my eyes!

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