It’s Children’s Book Week and this week’s Top Ten Tuesday fits right in. Today’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish is “Ten Childhood Characters You’d Love To Revisit As Adults (ie a novella or something to see what they grew up to be)” When I first read this, I thought “Oh hey, that’s easy.” And then I started thinking about it – and it wasn’t as easy as I had anticipated lol. Mainly because a lot of my favorite characters from childhood were either a) already adults or b) part of such long-running series that they were revisited as adults (i.e., Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Pevensie, etc). But I managed to come up with 10, and I’m curious to see what other people selected (though I’m pretty sure I’m so much older than most of the bloggers who participate in TTT that my childhood books and theirs will be vastly different LOL).
As always, these are in no particular order…
1. Charlie Bucket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Puffin Books) – Does he end up doing a golden ticket contest like Wonka did when it’s time for Charlie turn over the factory? Does Charlie get tired of chocolate? Does he ever get married? Have a family? Have a more normal life than Wonka did? These are things I want to know.
2. Carrie Ingalls from the Little House books (HarperCollins) – Now, this one is a little different than most of the others on my list because Carrie Ingalls was an actual person and because we DO know what happened to her in adulthood. As a single woman, she filed a homestead claim in South Dakota and worked for The Keystone Recorder and The Hill City Star while living there. She met and married mine owner David Swanzey, a widower with two kids, in 1912. They lived in Keystone – the site of Mount Rushmore – and in fact her husband helped scout out the location & her stepson was one of the carvers. So, we know what happened to her, but I think her adult life sounds absolutely fascinating and a series of books on grown-up Carrie would be a great idea!
3. Alexander from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Antheum Books)- We’ve seen him as he insisted he was “NOT, do you hear me i mean it, going to move” and we’ve followed him when he “used to be rich last Sunday” but I want to know what Alexander was like once he grew up. Does he still hate lima beans? Does he still hate kissing on TV? Did he ever make it to Australia? Did he buy his son a set of railroad train pajamas?
4. Fern Arable from Charlotte’s Web (HarperCollins) – I always loved Fern when I first read this book as a child. Now, I want to know more about her in her later years. Was she still able to hear the animals communicate even after she grew up? What was her favorite book as an adult? Who was her first crush? Who was her last crush? Was she tempted to name her kids Wilbur and Charlotte?
5. Mary Lennox from The Secret Garden – I want to know what happened after the closing pages of this childhood favorite of mine. I would LOVE to see a book set in the garden over the years – as the kids grow up and return there periodically. How were their lives affected by world history and how did this touch the garden? What did Mary become when she grew up? A nurse? A teacher? I bet she only settled for the social expectations for women if they appealed to her.
6. Ramona Quimby from the Ramona books (HarperCollins) – I adored Ramona! Still do. But I also want to know who she became as an adult. Did she become a teacher? (oh I hope so, just for pure irony’s sake!) Is she a mom? Did her little girl turn out more like her or Beezus? I would love a series of books that start out with Ramona Quimby and her Daughter. Another possible volume – Ramona Quimby, Age 38.
7. Nancy Drew from the mystery books by the same name (Grosset & Dunlap) – Ok, so Nancy Drew wasn’t a child. She was already a young adult in the series but I would still like to see what she’s like as a full-fledged grown-up. Did she and Ned Nickerson live happily ever after? Is she still best chums with Bess and George? Did she ever “go pro” as an investigator? Join the CIA or the FBI or the police force? What was her reaction when her own daughter started amateur sleuthing?
8. the Herdman kids from The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (HarperCollins) – The Herdman kids are those kids that nobody wants to be around but in this book they prove to be oddly endearing in spite of their less than stellar roots. How did they turn out?? Did they manage to escape juvie? Did they go on to excel as human beings and become contributing members of society? Did any of them become actors? (Yeah, ok, probably not on that last one at least.)
9. Trixie Belden from the mystery books by the same name (Random House)- This was one of my favorite series as a kid! I loved Trixie and her friends and felt they were much more realistic teenagers than Nancy Drew and her pals. (Don’t get me wrong, though – Nancy’s still my girl.) I want to know what happened to the whole gang, not just Trixie. Who married whom? Did they all stay friends? Is mystery solving still a part of their lives?
10. Wanda Petronski from The Hundred Dresses (HMH Books)- I LOVE this book! I always have! But it’s sobering. Wanda Petronski is bullied at school for being “different”, an immigrant, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who wears the same faded blue dress every day. I need to know what happened after her family moved to the city. Did she make 100 more dresses? Did she ever find out the contest results? Did she go into fashion design? How did this bullying shape her life? How did being an immigrant shape her future? These are things I need to know.
So that’s my list for this week! What characters would you like to revisit? Let me know in the comments and be sure to include the link to your post if you participated!