Animal fantasy books for grades 3 and 4


Bar-el, Dan. Audrey (cow) : an oral account of a most daring escape, based more or less on a true story.
Longing for a life filled with poetry and the green pastures beyond the farm where she is destined for the slaughterhouse, Audrey the cow enlists the help of human and animal friends to stage a daring escape.

Bearn, Emily. Tumtum and Nutmeg; Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall
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 G. The World According to Humphrey (series)
Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.

Broach, Elise. The miniature world of Marvin & James.
When his best friend, a human boy named James, goes away on vacation, Marvin the beetle worries that their friendship may end.

Carris, Joan Davenport. Welcome to the Bed & Biscuit.
The family animals at the Bed and Biscuit begin to feel slighted when Dr. Bender returns from a fire with something that occupies the time usually reserved for them.

Cazet, Denys. Minnie & Moo and the seven wonders of the world
Minnie and Moo are the best of friends. Moo has her books. Minnie has her espresso machine. Farm life is good. Almost perfect. Until Moo overhears the not-so-good news that the farmer needs money so desperately that he must sell the farm. No! He mustn't! Not if Minnie and Moo can help it

Cleary, Beverly . The Mouse and the Motorcycle and Ralph S. Mouse (series)
A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.

Cowley, Snake and Lizard
Presents the adventures of Snake and Lizard, who, from their first meeting find themselves constantly arguing, but once they get to know each other, they realize they really do have many things in common.

Cuffe-Perez, Mary. Skylar: A Story
Skylar, who claims he was once wild, leads four pond geese in their first attempt at migration when an injured heron asks their help in reaching Lost Pond, where the annual Before the Migration Convention is about to be held.

Dahl, Roald. Fantastic Mr. Fox
Three farmers, each one meaner than the other, try all-out warfare to get rid of the fox and his family.

Delaney, Michael. Obi, Gerbil on the Loose (series)
Obi the gerbil must fend for herself in a dangerous household, consisting of a dog, three cats, a parrot, and a mouse hidden in the attic, when the Armstrongs go on vacation and instructions for taking care of Obi get lost.

DiCamillo, Kate. The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread (Newbery section)
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

Dillard, Sarah. Mouse Scouts
To earn their Sow It and Grow It badge, Violet, Tigerlilly, and the other Mouse Scouts plant a vegetable garden.

DiTerlizzi, Tony. Kenny and the Dragon
Book-loving Kenny the rabbit has few friends in his farming community, so when one, bookstore owner George, is sent to kill another, gentle dragon Grahame, Kenny must find a way to prevent their battle while satisfying the dragon-crazed townspeople.

Fine, Anne. The Diary of a Killer Cat
Tuffy the pet cat tries to defend himself against accusations of terrifying other animals and murdering the neighbor's rabbit.

Fine, Ann. Notso Hotso
Anthony, a neglected pet dog, develops an irritating skin condition and has most of his hair shaved off, which embarrasses him greatly until he realizes he now looks like a lion and can frighten other animals and people.

Freeman, Martha. The Orphan and The Mouse
In 1949 Philadephia, Mary Mouse and an orphan named Caro embark on an adventure when they team up to expose criminals and make the Cherry Street Orphanage a safe haven for mice.

George, Kallie. Clover's Luck
Clover, who wants to change her bad luck, accepts a volunteer position at a pet adoption agency unlike any other and soon finds herself in a world of fairy horses, dragons with temperamental snouts, wizards, princesses, and, unfortunately, witches.

Green, Poppy. A New Friend
Eight-year-old Sophie Mouse is excited to return to school after the long winter break, but there is a new student--a snake--and Sophie and the other animals are afraid to sit near him, much less ask him to play with them, because they have heard snakes are awful.

Hobbs, Valerie. Sheep
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.

Jennings, Patrick. We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes
When Crusher the snake is captured, her only thought is to escape but as time goes by and she befriends the other inmates of the zoo, she realizes that freedom also means leaving companions behind.

Jones, Allan. Trundle's Quest (The Six Crowns series)
Trundle Boldoak's simple life as the town lamplighter is turned upside-down the night he meets Esmeralda, a Roamany hedgehog, who whisks him away on a quest to find six fabled crowns and fulfill his role in an ancient prophecy.

King, Darren. Mouse Noses on Toast
Paul Mouse gathers a group of mouse activists to uncover the mystery behind the delicacy known as "Mouse noses on toast" which is served in a fancy human restaurant.

King-Smith, Dick. Ace, the Very Important Pig
Farmer Tubbs’ amazing pig, Ace of Club, eventually winds up on television for his cleverness.

King-Smith, Dick. A Mouse Called Wolf (paperback)
A mouse with an unusual name shares his musical gift with a widowed concert pianist.

King-Smith, Dick. Babe the Gallant Pig (paperback)
A piglet comes to Farmer Hogget’s farm, where he is adopted by an old sheepdog and accomplishes amazing things.

King-Smith, Dick. Three Terrible Trins
Three mice brothers, ignoring the class system separating the four clans of rodents in their farmhouse, befriend a lower class mouse and form a team to fight cats.

Klimo, Kate. Ginger. Book One of Dog Diaries. (series)
Born in a puppy mill, Ginger the golden retriever looks back on her life and the various people who have "owned" her.
The dog diaries series tells a dog's story in a new way--from a dog's point of view! Focusing on a different breed for each book, these stories are based on true dog stories or on true-to-life situations.

Landry, Leo. Fat Bat and Swoop
Fat Bat and Swoop the owl play a trick on Emily the cow but end up getting some of their own medicine.

LeGuin, Ursula. Catwings (series)
Four young cats with wings leave the city slums in search of a safe place to live, finally meeting two children with kind hands.

Marentette, Meghan. The Stowaways.
When Grampa, of the adventurous Stowaway family, goes missing, Papa refuses to lead the rest of the family on more explorations, but young Rory and Morgan find that Gran Stowaway knows what really happened to Grampa and is planning a rescue.

Messner, Kate. Rescue on the Oregon trail. Book One of Ranger in Time (series)
Ranger, a golden retriever, could have been a great search-and-rescue-do --except for the squirrels--but one day he unearths a mysterious box and finds himself transported back to the year 1850 where his faithful service is really needed by a family traveling west along the Oregon Trail.

Napoli, Donna Jo. Mogo, The Third Warthog
When Mogo is cast out of his burrow to make room for a new litter, he learns how to survive, and as an unlikely friendship with a young baboon blooms, Mogo finds the joy of friendship and love.

Pinkwater, Daniel. Mrs. Noodlekugel and the four blind mice
Nick and Maxine accompany the eccentric lady to the eye doctor to help her four myopic mice who, after overindulging on cheesecake, go running into the streets, triggering a search that is aided by a helpful policemen and a rough-edged alley cat.

Reiche, Dietlof. I, Freddy: Book One in the Golden Hamster Saga (series)
Freddy, a remarkably intelligent golden hamster, learns how to read and how to write on a computer and escapes captivity to become an independent and civilized creature.

Rogan, S. Jones. The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush
When Penhaligon Brush the fox is summoned by his step-brother to the seaside town of Porthleven, he finds immediately upon arrival that his brother is incarcerated in the dungeon at Ferball Manor.

Rylant, Cynthia. The Lighthouse Family: the Turtle (series)
When Aurora the sea turtle becomes stranded in fog and cold water near a lighthouse, Pandora the cat, Seabold the dog, and their three adopted mouse children call on the pelicans for help.

Seidler, Tor. Gully's Travels
Gulliver leads a life of luxury with his master. But when his master falls in love with a woman who is allergic to dogs, Gulliver is sent to a new home. He finds himself with a family of raucous human beings and three mutts. But just as Gulliver begins to make a grudging peace with his new reality, he gets swept up in a harrowing new adventure.

Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square
The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.

Smith, Alex T. Claude in the City. Book One of the Claude series.
When Claude, a small, plump dog, and his friend, Sir Bobblysock, visit the city Claude heroically, if accidentally, stops a thief, then, when Sir Bobblysock becomes ill, Claude rushes him to a hospital and is mistaken for a doctor.

Steig, William. Abel’s Island (paperback)
Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse, finds his resourcefulness and endurance tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home.

Tellegen, Toon. The squirrel's birthday and other parties : stories
Readers are invited to Squirrel’s birthday party—and into a magical world of the imagination. A squirrel and an ant discover a mysterious feast with an invisible host in the depths of a forest. A whale and a seagull dance silently on a moon-drenched beach. A grasshopper pays a fortune for a speck of dust.

Van Draanen, Wendelin. The Gecko & Sticky: Villain's Lair (series)
WhenThirteen-year-old Dave and his sidekick, a talking gecko named Sticky, try to retrieve an ancient Aztec powerband and its magic ingots from the evil villain, Damien Black.

Vernon, Ursula. Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew
Nurk, a sort-of brave shrew, packs up a few pairs of clean socks and sails off on an accidental adventure, guided by wisdom found in the journal of his famously brave and fierce grandmother, Lady Surka, the warrior shrew.

Wersba, Barbara. Walter: the Story of a Rat
Walter, namesake of Sir Walter Scott and a rat that can read, lives in the home of Miss Amanda Pomeroy, a celebrated writer of children’s books.

White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web
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.

White, E.B. Stuart Little
The adventures of the debonair mouse Stuart Little as he sets out in the world to seek out his dearest friend, a little bird that stayed for a few days in his family's garden.

White, E. The Trumpet of the Swan
Knowing how to read and write is not enough for Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter Swan; his determination to learn to play a stolen trumpet takes him far from his wilderness home.

Whybrow, Ian. Little Wolf, Forest Detective (series)
Through a series of letters to his parents, Little Wolf relates his adventures as a member of Yelloweyes Forest Detective Agency, crime solvers of the Frettnin Forest , as they investigate a series of mysterious disappearances.

Yee, Wong Herbert. Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole (series)
Mouse and his downstairs neighbor, Mole, discover that when they help each other, housecleaning and other daily tasks are much easier.