Top Ten Tuesday: Titles with Aquatic Animals In Them

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IDozens of orange, black, and black and white tropical fish swimming next to a coral reef. decided to narrow down this week’s prompt to aquatic animals.

They don’t seem to be featured in titles and book covers as often as cats or dogs are, so I thought this would provide an interesting spin to the topic.

I also love seeing how aquatic animals interact with their environments. Whether you’re looking at a goldfish, a shark, or something in-between them in size, they’re all fascinating if you ask me!

Oh, and I’m still having trouble leaving comments on Blogger sites. Here’s hoping it will work better today.




Book cover for Capyboppy by Bill Peet. Image on cover shows a drawing of a capybara sitting on an inner tube on a patch of grass.

1. Capyboppy by Bill Peet


Book cover for Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution by Richard Fortey. Image on cover shows a trilobite swimming against a blue background.


2. Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution by Richard Fortey


Book cover for Liō: Happiness is a Squishy Cephalopod by Mark Tatulli. Image on cover shows a drawing of a purple cephalopod looking at a mirror as a child peeks in the window in their room to see what they’re doing.

3. Liō: Happiness is a Squishy Cephalopod by Mark Tatulli


Book cover for  The White Seal by Rudyard Kipling. Image on the cover is a drwaing of a black seal cradling a baby h white seal on his or her back as they lie on a grey beach next to a grassy field.

4.  The White Seal by Rudyard Kipling


Book cover for Dolphin in the Deep by Lucy Daniels and Ben M. Baglio. Image on cover is a photorealistic painting of a dolphin poking it’s head out of the ocean.

5. Dolphin in the Deep by Lucy Daniels and Ben M. Baglio



Book cover for Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes by Thomas Cathcart. Image on cover shows a drawing of Plato next to a drawing of a platypus. The rest of the cover has a green binding and a dark orange front.

6. Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes by Thomas Cathcart


Book cover for Turtle Tears: A Play in Two Acts by J. Suthern Hicks. Image on cover shows a naked and very pale white adult curled in a fetal position and holding their head while they sit in a small round mirror. Four blue butterflies fly around the mirror.

7. Turtle Tears: A Play in Two Acts by J. Suthern Hicks


Book cover for One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. Image on cover shows two green fish, one red fish, and one yellow fish swimming against a yellow background. All fish have been drawn in an exaggerated and whimsical style.

8. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss


book cover for So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #4) by Douglas Adams. Image on cover shows a drawing of a children’s dollhouse from the perspective of a set of binoculars. Each piece of the binocular shows about half of the image, but they don’t intersect and there does appear to be a little piece missing in the centre of the house.

9. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #4) by Douglas Adams


Book cover for The Salmon of Doubt (Dirk Gently, #3) by Douglas Adams. Image on cover shows a salmon swimming through outer space by the Milky Way.


10. The Salmon of Doubt (Dirk Gently, #3) by Douglas Adams





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82 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Titles with Aquatic Animals In Them

  1. yggdrasille

    I really like your spin on the topic. Especially the trilobite cover!

  2. This is an excellent narrowing of the subject, I think. And such a lovely variety of good books.

  3. Like your spin on this topic.

  4. I love Capyboppy! My son is fascinated with the capybara. Excellent take on the topic. Happy Tuesday!

  5. I love these! Great theme — and I wish I’d had a book about a capybara when my kids were little!

  6. Plato and the Platypus was on my list, but I decided to see if I could find just fiction titles. All my science books would make it too easy otheriwse. How was Trilobyte? I think I used to have that but let it go or lost it.

    • I haven’t actually read Trilobyte yet! I want to, though.

      Sticking to fiction titles would make this trickier for sure.

      And I literally just left a comment on your blog. 🙂

  7. Aquatic animals. I love it! Such fun choices.

  8. Excellent topic. I like watching those aquarium / coral reef videos on Youtube sometimes lol. so relaxing. Capyboppy is cute, and I like One Fish. Trilobites always fascinated me as a kid. And So Long and Thanks For All The Fish is a fun one as well. I’ve seen another cover for it that has dolphins and I love that cover.

  9. Great choices! I think I featured two or three aquatic animals on my list today but you’re so right that they don’t get featured as often compared to dogs & cats. Cute titles 😍

  10. Yay for the Douglas Adams rep! But also, capybaras are one of my favorite animals. They’re such sweet critters.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  11. Oh my gosh, I remember reading those Animal Ark books as a kid!

  12. Steph@paigesofnovels

    Great topic this week. Here is my post-

  13. Way to make it more challenging! Great list.

  14. Love your twist on this prompt! The Dr Seuss seems so obvious now I’ve seen it.

  15. ahhh the Capyboppy,so cute, love the ideaof aquatic animals.

  16. Aww, great picks! I agree that cats/dogs are the most common, so kudos for finding all of these!

  17. Jo

    Oh my gosh, the Animal Ark books! I was absolutely obsessed with those as a kid, I read so many, though I’m not sure if I read the one on your list, there were a lot and I know I didn’t read them all! Lucy Daniels (whichever ghostwriter it was using that name at the time, there were a whole team of them) did do a whole series on dolphins though, called Dolphin Diaries which I really loved as a kid.

  18. Love your spin on the topic! And love the title for Plato and a Platypus walk into a bar 🙂

  19. Clever twist Lydia! Remarkably Bright Creatures and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen could have worked here as well! Or even A Fish called Wanda!

    Thanks for visiting us earlier!

    Elza Reads

  20. Very creative!! I never really think to just focus on one thing with topics like this..I need to remember that for the future.

  21. Nice take on the challenge. I have a copy of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Capybobby looks so cute! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. 🙂

  22. I love that you decided to go with aquatic animals! Very fun choice. Capyboppy is my favorite. 😀

  23. I love how you always manage to find the most interesting and unique books for your list, instead of going for the common and easy ones – I was definitely expecting to see Remarkably Bright Creatures on this list, with the octopus on the cover. Great list this week!

  24. Great list, loved Capyboppy.

  25. Great choices! I like capybaras. And trilobites are right down my alley. And squids! Looking at them now…

    I am chuffed that I don‘t have cats and dogs in my TTT either… 😏

  26. So fun seeing how many people put a specific spin on the topic this week! I just found random animal book covers on my shelf and went with it. 😉 Thanks so much for visiting my website this week.

  27. I love how you highlight animals that don’t always get love on book covers. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  28. Unique list and such cute covers, especially CapyBobby.

    Adding Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution to my TBR list.

  29. I love your take on this week’s theme. The White Seal’s cover is so cute!

  30. What a great specific take on the topic, and what fun choices!

  31. I like where you took the prompt this week, Lydia. I have only read One Fish, Two Fish from you list. I can’t believe I haven’t read Capyboby, I thought I read all of Bill Peete’s books over the years.

  32. Ah that’s different!! I like it, I find that I mainly see birds on cover too, especially ravens or crows. Some of your picks have such hilarious names.. 😂

  33. I thought a wombat would be the most exotic animal I saw today but here you are with a capybara, a platypus, and even a trilobite. I think you win! 🙂

  34. I love that you focused on aquatic animals. It’s definitely a harder task to find them! But I love your selection.

  35. Oh, I like the focused theme! Nice picks, Lydia!

  36. So fun! I really need to read the rest of the Hitchhiker books — I’ve only read the first two. One of these days…

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