Books and animals go together like, um, like things that go together really well. As I’ve demonstrated before here at Book Riot, you can’t do better than to give your cat or dog a literary pet name. And other Rioters have shown again and again the sheer adorableness of animals reading books.
But there’s a certain kind of literary animal photo that appeals to me, one that might be—dare I say it?—even cuter than your usual cat-reading-books snapshot, if only because it’s spectacularly weird. And that’s when animals and literary people and things (authors, illustrators, bookmobiles) intersect and interact unexpectedly, capturing a moment of literary-animal greatness. Some are posed and some are spontaneous, some seem (almost) normal and some defy explanation, some have unsurprising animals (like cats) and others have koalas. But they are all united by a weird, wonky awkwardness that makes them all extremely, entirely awesome.
Seriously. Check out some of my favorites:
5. Edward Gorey, with cats
Who knew that the master of the creepy illustration made all that creepy happen while surrounded by purring, fluffy cuteness?
4. Edith Wharton, with dogs
Shoulder dogs are very hot among the New York elite this year, didn’t you know?
3. Erskine Caldwell, with cow
Nothing to add, really. Just an author milking a cow.
2. Bookmobile, with dachshund
“Amerika is a great place to visit,” Wilhelm assured the American photographer. “Even as a prisoner of war.”
1. Zane Grey, with koala
All authors should be photographed with a tiny koala on their shoulders. There should be a law. Let’s make it happen.
Bonus Literary Cuteness: Mark Twain’s Cats
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