This post is party of Patty Wysong's
A to Z meme. This week's letter is "A"Winnie-The-Pooh
Arthur the Aardvark
What do these characters have in common? At least two things:
- They are characters in children's stories
- They are anthropomorphic animals
But there is certainly still a place for these kinds of stories - and they ARE being published. There are some sensitive subjects you can write about with animals as protagonists where it is much more difficult to do so with children as the characters(especially in the picture book market). And, of course, they're just plain fun.
I have been reading a picture book almost daily for the past six month - most of them published within the last half a dozen years, and I've come across quite a few super picture books with anthropomorphic animals. Here are just a few:
Chicks Run Wild by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken, by Kate DiCamillo
Punxsutawney Phyllis by Susanna Leonard Hill
Duck and Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills
I Want my Hat Back by Jon Klassen
And of course, there are plenty of children's stories where the animals don't talk (or don't exist, for that matter). But I have to say that I personally have a soft spot for those sweet people-like creatures. Probably half of the picture books I've worked on this year have anthropomorphic animals, and both of the ones I wrote for the FaithWriters Writing Challenge (many MANY moons ago!) did (if you wanna see them, you can click here and here).
So, all you ever wanted to know about anthropomorphic animals in children's books and were afraid to ask! (or something like that) Check out the links below for more "a" themed posts (NOT all about children's books - that I can promise you!) - and feel free to join in!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ANTHROPOMORPHIC STORY/CHARACTER?
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1