Anthropomorphized animals differ from regular talking animals in that they’re less like animals and more like people. Sometimes they wear clothes, but other times they just act in a way completely contrary to their actual animal nature. So, while the rabbits in Watership Down talk, they aren’t anthropomorphized because neither are they acting like humans, unlike the animals in C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series (beavers drinking tea, for instance). See?
On the one hand, I think rabbits wearing waistcoats and things are adorable. On the other hand, it freaks me out a little bit. Why? Don’t know. Anyway, here’s a list of 10 books featuring anthropomorphized animals.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865).
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950).
- Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne (1926).
- Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945).
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (1902).
- Redwall by Brian Jacques (1986).
- Perloo the Bold by Avi (1998).
- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1908).
- Milk Treading by Nick Smith (2002).
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1900).
Can you think of any others?
Thanks to Once Upon a Bookshelf for the list-y inspiration!