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Children’s Books with Loveable Animal Heroes

Posted 15th May 2018

‘Filled with joy, sweet sadness, and a triumph of spirit. Lovely’ – Kirkus (starred review)

‘An offbeat celebration of courage and individuality’ – Booklist (starred review)

To celebrate the release of the hilarious and life-affirming children’s book The Goat  by Anne Fleming we thought we’d take a look back through some of our other brilliant children’s titles featuring the animal kingdom (although we won’t spoil it for you by revealing whether the titular goat is more than a figment of the imagination!).

An Elephantasy  by María Elena Walsh

With over two million copies sold in Argentina alone, we published the first ever English translation of this hilarious and surreal adventure tale featuring the elephant Dalian Kifki. Walsh has been dubbed Argentina’s Lewis Carroll – how can you resist?

Catlantis  by Anna Starobinets

Selected as a Book of the Year in the Observer, this madcap adventure follows the adventures of Baguette, just a regular housecat until he falls in love with a beautiful street cat and must travel back through the Ocean of Time to the lost island of Catlantis!

Abel’s Island  by William Steig

Steig is perhaps best known for writing Shrek! and we publish three other works by him, including Abel’s Island, the heartwarming tale of one mouse’s struggle to go home, with delightful illustrations by the author.

The Murderer’s Ape  by Jakob Wegelius

Philip Pullman loves The Murderer’s Ape saying, ‘I don’t know when I last read a book with such pure and unalloyed pleasure.’ This is an enchanting mystery story, introducing the loveable heroine Sally Jones, a very kind and very clever gorilla.

Dog  by Andy Mulligan

Written by the winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, Dog explores the unbreakable bond of friendship between Tom (a boy) and Spider (a dog). A book of the year in both the Observer and the Daily Mail, we’re publishing the new paperback edition next month!

Buy your copy of The Goat  here!