Just in time for holiday shopping: Three new books for little ones tell the stories of real-life animals.
Christmas Is Good! Trixie's Guide to a Happy Holiday (Hyperion) by Trixie Koontz, edited by Dean Koontz, gathers seasonal tips from the bestselling author's golden retriever: "If caught being naughty, look cute. Always works."
Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library (Little, Brown) by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter, illustrated by Steve James, is a charming picture-book version of the bestseller about a kitten left in the return books slot.
Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle (Little, Brown) by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery is the amazing true story of a wild dog in Iraq that bonded so closely with a U.S. Marine that Nubs crossed 70 miles of snowy desert to find his master — and now lives with him in San Diego.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor