It's National Pet Week! From the website, "The goals of National Pet Week are to promote responsible pet ownership, celebrate the human-animal bond, and promote public awareness of veterinary medicine."
To honor our animal friends, here are some books with wonderful (or at least wonderfully hilarious) animal companions.
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison. Contrary to popular belief, Angus is *not* the guy Georgia wants to do full-frontal snogging with. Angus is her absolutely demented giant cat and there's a reason he gets top billing and featured on every cover.
Gamma Glamma by Kim Flores. While most of the book is about Luz's crazy science fair experiment inventing things to make her friend popular, it's Luz's dog Shortie (and he deadly deadly farts) that steal the show.
52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody. Lexington Larrabee is a spoiled brat and her father decides that if she wants that $25mil trust fund, it's time she got a job. He picks 52 different minimum wage jobs and she has to work each one for a week. But Lexington is also deeply lonely. The tabloids may think her dog is a fashion accessory, but he's really her only friend.
Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay. In this series of the crazy antics and love of the Casson family, there's always a large menagerie of rabbits and guinea pigs in the back garden.
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. I know I've done this one a lot lately, but Mia's cat is the best-- always eating her socks and sitting on her suitcase so she can't pack every time she has to go to Genovia.
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. In this retelling of the Grimm fairy tale, it's Isi's murdered horse who can still talk to her an gives her the information she needs to get to her happy ending.
The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt. The summer before 8th grade, Drew's working in her mother's cheese shop when she meets a strange boy who opens her eyes to the wonder of the world. Drew also has a pet rat, Humboldt Fog, who doesn't have any special powers, but she likes him anyway.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. When Stargirl shows up, the school doesn't know what to make of her--she wears weird clothes, plays her ukelele where she feels like it, cheers for the other teams, and carries a pet rat in her backpack.
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. Elphaba (aka, the Wicked Witch of the West) really wasn't the kind to take to animals or have a pet, but she ends up with a few anyway, and that's where flying monkeys come from. Also, in this retelling of the Wizard of Oz, everyone hates Toto.
Who are your favorite fictional pets?
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