Manchester, Connecticut

Animal "Tails"

Picture Books (JJ)
 
  • Bruel, Nick. Bad Kitty. (JJ Bruel)
    • When a kitty discovers there is no cat food in the house, she decides to become very, very bad.
  • Day, Alexander. Carl's Sleepy Afternoon. (JJ Day)
    • Carl's owners expect him to sleep all afternoon. Instead Carl, a rottweiler, roams the town assisting many people in their daily chores.
  • Feiffer, Jules. Bark George. (JJ Feiffer)
    • George's mother wants him to bark, but he makes the sounds of other animals instead. One day she takes him to the vet, who finally discovers the problem.
  • Gag, Wanda. Millions of Cats. (JJ Gag)
    • How can an old man and his wife select one cat from a choice of millions and trillions.
  • Shannon, David. Good Boy Fergus. (JJ Shannon)
    • Except for his bath, Fergus experiences the perfect day, from chasing cats and motorcycles to being scratched on his favorite tickle spot.
  • Wells, Rosemary. McDuff's Wild Romp. (JJ Wells)
    • At Aunt Frieda's house for dinner, McDuff the dog and the old cat Purlina have a tussle over a Turkey Tidbit.


Beginning Readers (JJE)

  • Eastman, P.D. Flap Your Wings. (JJE Eastman)
    • A mother and father bird are startled to find a strange egg in their nest, and are even more surprised by what hatches.
  • Murray, Carol. Jenny's Socks. (JJE Murray)
    • Jenny has beautiful socks in lots of colors, but her favorite is her pet cat Socks.
  • Rylant, Cynthia. Puppy Mudge Finds a Friend.* (JJE Rylant)
    • Henry's puppy Mudge enjoys playing with Fluffy the cat.


Early Chapter Books (JE)

  • Miller, Sara. Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat. (JE Miller)
    • A cat hears three stories about a dull rainy day, a yummy bug, and a good day of destruction in the house.
  • Miller, Sara. Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog. (JE Miller)
    • Stories addressed to dogs & written from a dog's point of view.
  • Rylant, Cynthia. Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea.* (JE Rylant)
    • Mr. Putter gets an old cat to share his life with him.
  • Wallace, Karen. My Cat's Secret. (JE Wallace)
    • After getting a cat when her family moves into a new house a young girl gets an even bigger surprise on her birthday.


Junior Fiction (J)

  • Armstrong, Alan. Whittington. (J Armstrong)
    • Whittington is a roughneck Tom who arrives one day at a barn full of rescued animals. There he spins a stirring tale about his ancestor, the nameless cat who brought Dick Whittington to the heights of wealth and power in 16th-century England.
  • Avi.  Poppy. (J Avi)
    • Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.  
  • Banks, Lynne Reid.  I, Houdini. (J Banks)  
    • A boastful hamster with exceptional talent as an escape artist recounts his experiences chewing, wriggling, or squeezing his way out of various closed areas in his quest for the great outside.  
  • Bauer, Marion. A Bear Named Trouble. (J Bauer)
    • Jonathan, a ten year old witha passion for animals, is devastated when a brown bear kills his favorite animal at the zo in Anchorage, Alaska. He vows to get even with the bear, and then finds revenge isn't all it's cracked up to be.
  • Bearn, Emily. Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall. (J Bearn)
    • Wealthy, married mice Tumtum and Nutmeg find adventure when they secretly try to help two human siblings who live in a tumbledown cottage with their absent-minded inventor father.
  • Birney, Betty. The World Accordng to Humphrey. (J Birney)
    • Humphrey, an unusually intelegent hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.
  • Byars, Betsy.  The Midnight Fox. (J Byars)
    • When Tom spends two months on a farm with his aunt and uncle, he never expects that a black fox will become the focus of his life.  
  • Cleary, Beverly.  The Mouse and the Motorcycle. (J Cleary)
    • A reckless mouse makes friends with a boy and discovers the joys of motorcycling. Try the other books in the series: Runaway Ralph and Ralph S. Mouse.  
  • Deedy, Carmen Agra. The Cheshire Cheese Cat-A Dickens of a Tale. (JCD Book Deedy)
    • A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London's Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queen Victoria makes an unexpected appearance.
  • George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the Wolves.(J George)
    • Faced with the prospect of a disagreeable arranged marriage or a journey acoss the barren Alaskan tundra, 13-year-old Miyax chooses the tundra. During her long and arduous treck, Miyax comes to appreciate the value of her Eskimo heritage, learns about herself, and wins the friednship of a pack of wolves. After learning the language of the wolves and slowly earning their trust, Julie becomes a member of the pack.
  • Grahame, Kenneth.  The Wind in the Willows. (J Grahame)
    • The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.
  • Harlow, Joan Hiatt.  Thunder From the Sea. (J Harlow)
    • Just when his dreams of being part of a family and having a dog seem to be coming true, Tom wonders if trouble with neighbors on his new island home and the impending birth of a new baby will change everything. Set in Newfoundland in 1929.  
  • Henry, Marguerite.  King of the Wind. (J Henry)
    • Sham and the stable boy Agba travel from Morocco to France to England where, at last, Sham's majesty is recognized and he becomes the "Godolphin Arabian," ancestor of the most superior Thoroughbred horses.  
  • Henry, Marguerite. Misty of Chincoteague. (J Henry) 
    • An orphaned brother and sister work to earn the money to buy a wild pony that has won their hearts.  
  • Hobbs, Valerie. Sheep. (J Hobbs)
    • After a fire destroys the farm where he was born, a young border collie acquires a series of owners and learns about life as he seeks a home and longs to fulfill his life's purpose of shepherding sheep.
  • Jacques, Brian. Redwall. (J Jacques)
    • When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy.
  • King-Smith, Dick. Babe: The Gallant Pig. (J King-Smith)
    • A piglet arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success.  
  • Lawson, Robert. Rabbit Hill. (J Lawson) 
    • What happens when the animals of Rabbit Hill learn that new folks are moving into the big, empty house.  
  • Martin, Ann. A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray. (J Martin)
    • Squirrel the dog is forced to make her own way in the world when her mother and brother are taken away from her. However, Squirrel makes two friends, who in very different ways, define her fate.
  • Morey, Walt.  Gentle Ben. (J Morey)
    • A warm story of deep trust and friendship between a boy and an Alaskan bear.  
  • Morpurgo, Michael. The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. (J Morpurgo)
    • When English villages must evacuate their homes so the allies can practice D-Day landings, Lily's cat enters the restricted area to give birth. Two soldiers help the frantic Lily, forming a lasting friendship that changes their lives.
  • O’Brian, Robert.  Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. (J O’Brian)
    • Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived. 
  • Wallace, Bill. Beauty. (J Wallace)
    • Unhappy about his parents splitting up and moving with his mother to Grandpa's farm, eleven-year-old Luke finds comfort in riding and caring for a horse named Beauty.
  • White, E.B. Charlotte's Web. (J 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.