6 Animal Narrators You Will Love

One of my posts that still gets a lot of traffic is about books with non-human narrators. Since the majority of most fiction has human protagonists and narrators, it can be fun to get a glimpse into a different kind of life.

As I was reading Hollow Kingdom this week, I knew I wanted to shout from the rooftops how awesome it is. There are multiple animals’ points of view and they are hilariously spot on. That book got me thinking about some others I’ve read with animal narrators, and the ones that are still on my To Read List!

6 Animal Narrators You Will Love

 

  1. S.T. the domesticated crow, in Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

Raised by, and very loyal to, him human Big Jim, S.T. is a fantastic narrator. He’s judgmental about “lesser” animal species, which is hilarious. He’s also wise and snarky, observing everything, and trying to do the right thing to save the ones he loves.

 

2. Sugar the cat, in Seven Lives and One Great Love: Memoirs of a Cat  by Lena Devani

If you’ve ever lived with a cat, Sugar will make you laugh and roll your eyes. He’s the exact personification of the stereotypical house cat. This short novel is funny and emotional.

 


3. Flora 717 the bee, in The Bees by Laline Paull

Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, with the sole job of cleaning her hive. When tragedy strikes, it is clear Flora has abilities that had gone unknown and now she can be a heroine, only after overcoming her instincts.

4. Timothy the tortoise in Timothy, or Notes of an Abject Reptile by Verlyn Klinkenborg

Based on the life of “the world’s most famous tortoise,” who was observed by the 18th Century naturalist Gilbert White for thirteen years. Timothy the tortoise is wise and observant with a thoughtful voice.

 

5. Firmin the rat in Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam 

Firmin was born in a shredded book. The runt of a large litter, he finds solace in books both literally and mentally, and gains a hunger for knowledge. And so eventually this tender soul must struggle the meaning of the words he ingests.

 

 


6. Prince the Labrador in The Last Family in England by Matt Haig

Prince is a happy young black lab living with a family, doing his best to follow “The Labrador Pact” (Remain Loyal to Your Human Masters, Serve and Protect Your Family at Any Cost). Other dogs breeds are revolting, and Prince’s family seems to be falling apart. He becomes overwhelmed by his responsibilities and is forced to make some serious choices.

 


Have you met any of these unique animal narrators yet? If so, who’s your favorite?!

Are there any other creatures you’d add to my list?

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