Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday invites bookish bloggers to share lists based on a given topic. This week’s prompt is a throwback freebie, so, I’m going to fill y’all in on some of my absolute favorite childhood characters!
Felicity Merriman [Meet Felicity by Valerie Tripp] is my all-time favorite American Girl. The AG books were among my first historical fiction reads and through them I discovered my love of history itself. I had all of the original AG dolls and Felicity, naturally, was my most loved . I remember trying to braid her hair – which I couldn’t do, as my hair has always been short – and making her hair all frizzy, which kills me to this day!
Pippi Longstocking [Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren] is a girl to whom I was introduced by my Aunt Janice. I still remember when Lindgren’s book was gifted to me; I had no clue who in the hell Pippi was, but I instantly fell in love with her quirk!
Laura Ingalls [Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder] is a character whom I seriously thought was totally fictional – despite the fact that the author of the Little House books has the same name! 😀 Upon figuring out Laura was indeed real and relaying true tales, I fell even more in love!
Ramona Quimby [Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary] is an irritating character – to her big sister, Beezus – but I adore her nevertheless. I loved Cleary’s books as a girl and remember sucking up as much of her writing as as humanly possible, especially the Ramona series!
Ralph S. Mouse [The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary] is perhaps my favorite animal as a lead character. The fact that he rides a toy motorcycle has always tickled me, as does the image of him doing so on the book’s cover! I’ve always seen Ralph as one of the most creative characters to have broken out of Cleary’s head.
Encyclopedia Brown [Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol] fascinated me, not only with his mysterious mysteries to solve, but with his freaking amazing name! I seriously thought Encyclopedia was – and still is – too cool for school.
Bunnicula [Bunnicula by James & Deborah Howe] is a bunny and a vampire! I thought this was a miraculous concept and gobbled up each book in the Howes’ series. This is definitely a story I want to revisit soon!
Claudia Kishi [Claudia and Mean Janine by Anne M. Martin] is totally THE coolest babysitter in the BSC – I double dog dare anyone to disagree! 😀 With her fashion and surprisingly complex background, I would have loved having a friend like Claudia! I love the BSC Graphix revival of the penultimate club and I’m really excited to get to Claudia’s first book in that series!
Harriet M. Welsch [Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh] is another amateur detective whom I absolutely admired. She is so different and marches to the beat of her own drum, which is enthralling and makes for an excellent role model.
Margaret Simon [Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume] is among my favorites because she’s witty and real. I read Margaret’s coming of age story at probably the perfect time – when I was learning about the dreaded menstrual cycle and discovering boys. I totally identified with Margaret in those respects as well as others.