OK, so I’m on a roll with this. Forgive me. But yesterday’s post about the classic children’s books you want to re-read with your own kids had me smiling at all the memories of so many great books. Thanks for the great tips!
In the interests of keeping the dialogue going — and, more selfishly, in the interests of learning about some really incredible reads because I love books of all kinds — I wanted to quickly dive into a related topic: your favorite characters from classic children’s books.
Just last week, the Simpsons had a great satire on how to write a great children’s book, complete with all the musts of a great character: must be an orphan, must have special powers, must go to a school of some sort for special-power children, etc. The show pretty much nailed it. When I was thinking about my favorite characters, I was surprised that many lived with their parents — and indeed, how many parents played key roles in the books. Pa, for instance, was a constant presence in the Little House series. Does that even happen today?
But I digress. I’ll list my favorite characters of all time below, knowing I should have opened this up to a Top Ten list. I fear I have left off far too many. And I wonder what you’ll think of my first choice on the list.
Let me know yours in the comments. Enjoy.