1. BOOK WACKIEST WHITE HOUSE PETS BY GIBBS DAVIS, ILLUSTRATED BY DAVID A. JOHNSON ($16.95)
This inspired picture book for ages 7 to 10 tells the true stories of such bizarre presidential beasts as Jefferson’s grizzlies and Van Buren’s tiger cubs.
2. DVD LASSIE: THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTORS EDITION ($29.98)
What’s that, girl? Timmy’s trapped in the barn? The life-saving collie comes to the rescue again in this three-disc set, which includes 24 of the best episodes of the 1954-1974 CBS TV show.
3. BOOK 101 CATACLYSMS: FOR THE LOVE OF CATS BY RACHAEL HALE ($19.95)
Cat fanciers—you know who you are—rejoice: Close-up color photos lovingly explore the full spectrum of feline activity, from power napping to languidly batting at balls of yam.
4. CD SEAL BEST: 1991-2004 ($24.98)
Okay, so he doesn’t bark or catch fish. But the prodigious talents showcased in this Seal’s greatest hits set (check out his sexy reworking of Dionne Warwick’s “Walk On By” and his seductive “Kiss from a Rose”) will have you cooing.
5. BOOK CITY DOG ($13.95)
Think of it as the Zagat Survey for the hydrant-loving set. This handy series has unleashed guides to eight cities, giving a neighborhood-by-neighborhood low-down on shopping, grooming, health care and even shrinks and spas for Rex and Rover.
BOOK BAD CAT BY JIM EDGAR ($9.95)
At last, a photo book for cat lovers that a cat hater wouldn’t mind giving: this pocket-size rogues’ gallery catches kitties in the act of hissing, scowling and generally looking guilty. (Check out mycathatesyou.com for a preview.) Then there are the costumes: Who can resist a cat dressed as Batman?
DVD GARFIELD: THE MOVIE ($29.98)
Bill Murray is perfect as the grouchy voice of the conniving, lasagna-loving cat in this kids’ film that seamlessly combines live action with computer-generated critters. Garfield tries to get Odie the dog evicted from his house—then finds himself trying to rescue the mutt from kidnappers. Stars include Breckin Meyer (as Garfield’s owner Jon) and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
DVD TWO BROTHERS ($29.98)
As he did in his previous drama The Bear, director Jean-Jacques Annaud tells a powerfully emotional animal tale that will appeal to both adults and kids. This time he focuses on Asian tiger cubs in the early 1900s who are separated and raised in captivity.