NonHuman Narrators

The Best Books with Non-Human Narrators

NonHuman Narrators

Miracle on MonheganIn Elizabeth Kelly’s new novel, The Miracle on Monhegan Island, our narrator is kidnapped from the backseat of his wealthy mother’s car and taken to live on a remote island in Maine. He is also a Shih Tzu. From a line of champion show dogs, Lupine learns to adjust to a more simple life as Ned while watching the dynamics of his new family play out.

Reading (and enjoying!) The Miracle on Monhegan Island pushed the idea of non-human narrators into my brainspace. Barring a few exceptions, I tend to love the quirky use of an “other” to tell a story, but had a hard time thinking of more than three or four examples. So I took to Twitter! And, as usual, Twitter delivered.


By far the most common response was Watership Down, but there were a ton of other suggestions, too.

DogsbodyJenny from Reading the End started by mentioning Dogsbody by Dianna Wynne Jones, which is narrated by a Dog Star reborn as a pup on Earth.




Jacob's FollyNaomi from The Writes of Woman suggested Rebecca Miller’s Jacob’s Folly, a book narrated by a man reincarnated as a fly (!!!).




Rats of NIMHI was reminded of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, and it’s mouse narrator, by Wesley from Library Educated.




The Book ThiefJenna from JMill Wanders suggested The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, with its memorable narration from Death.




White is for WitchingWhite is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi is narrated in part by a house and was suggested by Teresa from Shelf Love.




Cassie from Nose Stuck in a BookMorte pointed out the cat assassin who narrates Mort(e) by Robert Repino.




Delicious FoodsAlso one of my favorites, Jen from The Relentless Reader suggested Delicious Foods by James Hannaham, which is narrated in part by crack cocaine.




Sad Robot Stories Both Katie from Words for Worms and Monika from Lovely Bookshelf sent their love for the robot narrator of Sad Robot Stories by Mason Johnson.




Improbability of LoveCatherine from the Gilmore Guide to Books recommends The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild, which is narrated in part by a painting.




There are several other suggestions if you want to take a peek at the replies on my original tweet!

What are your favorite books with non-human narrators?