They're not all fluffy, furry or bright-eyed, but their tales
are fabulous. I'm still waiting for great reads that feature
a kindly weasel, a dastardly turtle or a heroic slug though.

The cry of the wolf
by Melvin Burgess (1989)

I am the great horse
by Katherine Roberts (2007)

If only they could talk
by James Herriot (1970)
First book in the All creatures great and small series
The red pony
by John Steinbeck (1937)
by Robert Westall (1989)