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Animal Talk: I can haz bestseller

October 26, 2008 |  6:48 am


People get batty when it comes to their pets. So all you writers struggling to find a publisher -- take note. A bunch of precocious pets are clawing their way to the top of the Los Angeles Times bestseller list.

"Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World," is a true story about a ginger colored kitty shoved into the after-hours book-return slot in an Iowa library. Adopted and nicknamed DeweyReadmore Books by the librarian, the friendly feline won over and changed the lives of the library patrons.

"I Can Has Cheezburger? A LOLcat Colleckshun," by Professor Happycat (that is not a typo) enters our paperback bestseller list at number six this week.

"I Can Has Cheezburger?" is a collection of more than 200 pictures of cats in compromising positions frequently dressed in drag, selected from the website of the same name. YouTube has finally infected the literary world.

This isn't the first time pets have landed on the bestseller list. In 1990, the first President Bush's springer spaniel Millie authored a book ("as dictated to Barbara Bush") called "Millie's Book." This dog's-eye view of life in the White House spent 23 weeks on Publisher's Weekly bestseller list.

In addition to Dewey and friends, there is "Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl," and a dog named Marley. Actually, "Marley & Me," a story of how an incorrigible Labrador retriever won over his family after flunking obedience school, has been on our bestseller list for months. With the movie coming out in December, the book should stay on the list for quite some time. 

-- Liesl Bradner