For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, we’re sharing ten characters we’d like to check in with. I've decided to choose some of the most important characters in children’s literature because who doesn’t want to know what the future had in store for them?
#1. Madeline (from the books by Ludwig Bemelmans): “In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in to straight lines…” How did that strict Catholic boarding school work out for you, Madeline?
#2. Waldo (from the Where’s Wally? books created by Martin Handford): (Did you know that Waldo’s name is actually Wally? My Canadian [or American] childhood is showing.) I want to know if Waldo (or Wally, if you grew up across the ocean) ever got over his obsessive need for attention.
#3. Pippi Longstocking (from the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lindgren): I just want to make sure Pippi is still as unpredictable and adventurous as ever. I hope she still wears her hair in those ridiculous pigtails.
#4. Alice (from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll): Did you really find a strange place called Wonderland, or did you take some life-damaging drugs as a child? Are you okay now? Are you safe?
#5. The Wocket (from There’s a Wocket in My Pocket by Dr. Seuss): I need to know more about this wocket creature. What does a day in the life of a wocket look like?
#6. Hermione Granger (from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series): I’m almost desperate to check in with Hermione Granger after the events of the series. Is she truly happy now? Do people finally appreciate her brilliance? Is Ron really her one true love? (I’m clearly not a Hermione/Ron shipper.)
#7. The Berenstain Bears (from the Berenstain Bears series by Stan and Jan Berenstain): Is your family still obsessed with gender stereotyping? I hope not.
#8. Matilda (from Matilda by Roald Dahl): Dear Matilda, I'd just like to make sure you’re still using your abilities for good (and that you’re still reading lots and lots of books).
#9. Eeyore (from A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh): Did you eventually go to a therapist? Have you learned how to build a house that is structurally sound? Did anyone teach you how to properly sew your tail back on?
#10. Pinocchio (from Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi): Do you regret becoming a real boy? Paying bills and the worrying about mortality sucks.