It's nothing at all unusual. As an example of why it's not, read this >> https://www.revolvy.com/topic/Talking animals in fiction&item_type=topic
Here's an example of many of them, originated in 1966 >>
here's a more obvious one >>
And in one of my books there's a talking horse >> http://www.lulu.com/shop/kevin-lomas/lilium-saffron-dewbell-part-four-wish-machine/paperback/product-23784811.html
They are only amusing if written to be so. Animal Farm is not funny, and neither is Watership Down. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass is very political. There's many examples of where they are not cheesy or even pointless.
Ron Miller said:
I don’t think that I have ever seen a thread go off topic so far and for so long as this one!😜
I use KDP, and have not heard anything about that. They usually send out news updates. There's a lot about it on line, though, here's something >>
Amazon has announced that its print-on-demand platforms CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) will merge, reports the Digital Reader.
Authors are being asked to move their books from CreateSpace to KDP, and Amazon has launched a help page on the KDP website to explain how the merger will affect authors.
Initially a DVD and CD production service, CreateSpace was acquired by Amazon in 2005 and later took on print-on-demand services. Amazon launched KDP in July 2016 and opened for a public beta test early last year.
For more information about the differences between CreateSpace and KDP, including royalty payments, distribution and more, click here.
But what have paper books got to do with KDP? Kindle are not paper books, and you cannot directly create them there, why would you move them to there? What happens at KDP is once you have fully created a book for Kindle, it then suggests by a bit of a pop-up bar, you may wish to also make a printed version, and if you don't want to do that, you just ignore the offer. There's seems to be no actual 'Merge' so far.