10 Books for the July #WotNReadingChallenge

Blacksad hardcover (Dark Horse Comics)

The July #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt Is…

By this point in the year, we at Word of the Nerd are assuming you’re pretty done with humans. We keep heating up the planet, causing explosions because we think they look pretty, and just generally being pretty nasty. Take a break with July’s #WotNReadingChallenge and read about animals for a while.

Note: the graphic novels on this list are not really safe for kids.

10 Choices for the July #WotNReadingChallenge

Watership Down - Richard Adams #WotNReadingChallenge for July 2018
One of various covers for Watership Down

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Watership Down is a children’s classic that follows a group of rabbits after they realize they cannot stay in their home burrow. They adventure across the British countryside, looking for a place they can be safe and call their own.

Redwall by Brian Jacques

In Redwall, a community of animals strives to protect their abbey home from a dangerous attacker. If you like Redwall, Brian Jacques wrote 21 other books in that series.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

If you haven’t read Orwell’s animal allegory before, let this be your invitation. I recommend that you go in knowing nothing other than it takes place among animals on a farm.

We3 trade paperback WotNReadingChallenge for July 2018
We3 trade paperback (DC Comics/Vertigo)

We3 written by Grant Morrison, illustrated by Frank Quitely

In We3, three animals are set to be “decommissioned” after serving their purpose in military experiments. They manage to escape, and try to make their way to a new home. However, the military isn’t willing to let them go that easily.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain takes place from the point of view of a dog, Enzo. Enzo observes his owner’s day-to-day life and aspires to become a human when he reincarnates.

Grandville by Brian Talbot

Grandville takes place in an alternate universe, where France won the Napoleonic wars and took over Great Britain, and where animals speak and act like humans. In this, English badger Detective Inspector LeBrock tries to unknot a great conspiracy.

Pride of Baghdad #WotNReadingChallenge for July 2018
Pride of Baghdad

Pride of Baghdad written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Niko Henrichon

In Pride of Baghdad, which is based on real events, an Iraqi zoo is destroyed by falling bombs. Four lions escape, and try to grapple with their new freedom.

Iron, Or, The War After by S.M. Vidaurri

Iron, Or, The War After doesn’t exactly feature domesticated animals. A rabbit kicks off the story by stealing information from an animal military base. This action leads to many consequences, not all particularly family-friendly.

Charlotte’s Web by EB White

In this classic novel, Wilbur the pig is in danger of being killed and made into bacon and other pork treats. The title spider tries to bolster Wilbur’s worth and confidence in an attempt to save his life.

Blacksad hardcover (Dark Horse Comics)

Blacksad written by Juan Diaz Canales, illustrated by Juanjo Guarnido

In Blacksad, the title character is a detective, similar to the protagonist of Grandville. Unlike Detective Inspector LeBrock, Blacksad detects in 1950s America, and has to deal with the conspiracies surrounding that time period. You can also read this book to fulfill next month’s prompt: “A graphic novel originally written in a language other than English.”



Which of these do you plan to read for this month’s #WotNReadingChallenge? Do you have any other recommendations of books with animal protagonists? Talk about it in the comments!

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