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It’s a fish.
He is cool.
Life never gets her down and she has an amazing imagination.
Jane Eyre embodies the selfless woman alone on her journey through a difficult life. Few shards of joy enter Jane’s world but she always is strong and ready to face… Read more
I chose Willy Wonka because he is very creative and a bit magical. He made a chocolate room and you could eat the trees, the grass, mushrooms and even drink… Read more
She meets loads of characters.
She’s interesting and brave.
He is so bonkers and funny, and completely and utterly mad.
Because it is about magic.
She’s relate-able and strong.
Hiccup is my favourite character because he is so brave and he got an arrow in his shoulder and he is the future chief of the village. I like the… Read more
My favourite character is Emily because she is very brave and adventurous. The author of the book is Helen Moss. In the text it says how Emily is always looking… Read more
I like this character because he never lets anyone get sad and he always finds a solution for every problem. He is really kind and helpful. Fascinating, clever and magical,… Read more
My favourite book character is the Little Wooden Horse. I chose this character because he is a good inspiration to everyone. I like The Little Wooden Horse because he is… Read more
Rachel Walker is my favourite book character. Rachel looks after her friends and she is very beautiful. She is also thoughtful because she helped her friend when she fell over…. Read more
I chose this book because there was a little cute kitten and my favourite animal is a kitten. She is really adventurous because she first went outside she explored the… Read more
The book is about a fluffy puppy and my favourite animal is a puppy. I like Max because he is soft. He goes off and the girl who owns him… Read more
Sapphire is my favourite character because she has exciting adventures and does amazing things, like going to rich men’s houses. Sapphire is sneaky because her mum is the cook so… Read more
My favourite character is Tom Gates because he is funny. He has a band called Dog Zombies. He also has a really annoying sisted called Delia.
I chose Toothless because he is an exciting character and he has lots of fun adventures. Toothless is very protective about other dragons and Hiccup. For example, when Trader Yohan… Read more
I have chosen Violet as my favourite character because she is a bit like me because I like blowing bubbles. Also I like fashion and Violet does too. Sometimes she… Read more
I chose this character because he has really funny plans that never work properly. He has a curly red beard. I think he is mischievous because he keeps making up… Read more
My favourite character is Horrid Henry because he is funny and rude. The author is Francesca Simon. Henry has a brother Peter and Peter is very perfect.
I like Hermione because she is brave, helping Harr and Ron find the mysteries of Voldemort. She is intelligent and keen to learn.. I look up to her because, when… Read more
My favourite character is Greg Heffley. I like him because he is funny and lazy. Sometimes he is jealous of friends. He is obsessed with video games. He is my… Read more
Legolas can do anything and whenever there’s a problem, he manages to sort it out. I really like his relationship with Gimli and I love his bow and arrow. He’s… Read more
She is the brains behind an operation of frequently bumbling boys and eventually combines it all with a romantic interest (or two) and a daughter. Furthermore what could be cooler… Read more
He is ‘one hoopy frood’ with two heads and the best remarks known to man – or alien. I can’t wait until I’m old enough to drink a pangalacticgargleblaster which… Read more
How do we find ourselves through the stories we tell and are told? ‘This world of ours, this cloudy planet warmed by the sun, is a cosy place to live…… Read more
I jumped at the chance to think about fictional characters that inspired my childhood – the ones who lifted me away from my everyday and joined me at playtime. I… Read more
‘If we’ve promised them aught, let us keep our promise!’ Picture me as a nine-year-old weighing up what it means to break your word, pondering how serious the consequences can… Read more
It’s Sunday. It’s around six o’clock. I’m sitting cross-legged in front of the gas fire in the sitting room, and I’m about to tuck into a crumpet, saturated with butter…. Read more
I was a weird kid, there’s no getting out of it. My mother tells a story about waking me for school one morning and instead of just getting up, I… Read more
She is a feeling. A bitter-sweet flashback of childhood, warmth and home. Anne Shirley was 11 when I first ‘met’ her: a mail-order orphan with long, red braids awaiting collection… Read more
I have little recollection of my first ten years, and asked Mum to stir up some memories. “Which was my favourite bedtime story?” I tempted, intrigued as to which character… Read more
I’ve always wanted to be a detective; not a spy because I talk too much, and probably wouldn’t respond well to torture. Sleuthing is much more my thing. It all… Read more
My favourite literary character from childhood was Robinson Crusoe. I knew him not from the Daniel Defoe book but from television. Specifically, I’m talking about the black and white Franco… Read more
Books are doorways. As a child, an open book would close me off from adult conversations or the clamour of a younger brother and sister, and set me free from… Read more
Our local library smelt like a church. Housed in a tithe barn, something about its arching roof timbers and silence made browsing in the Children’s Section an almost reverential act…. Read more
When I was ten years old my favourite place was Rossington Community Library on McConnel Crescent. It’s an unassuming grey concrete building, but at the time it was as impressive… Read more
I could never relate to powerful heroes in fiction. As a kid, I was scatty, scruffy and forgetful, so reading about strong, saintly and powerful characters was a source of… Read more
Imagining Bee on his own is too sad so I’m slightly fudging the ‘pick only one character’ rule. Bee belongs with his best friend, Ant, and Ant belongs with Bee. From… Read more
In September 1973, aged ten, I emerged from a blinding rage to find myself facing the corner in Mr Scully’s classroom. It was the fourth school I’d been to in… Read more
I fell in love with Mole the first time I heard about him. He definitely entered my ears before my eyes because Mr Whitfield read the story to us in… Read more
Reassuring me that it was okay to wear grass-stained dungarees, and have messy hair and dirt under my fingernails, Sophie was the mirror image of my seven-year-old self. We even… Read more
“No school for at least a month, Mrs Colhoun.” My mother narrowed her eyes at the GP’s edict, turned and glared a seething threat that whispered, “don’t you dare smirk,… Read more
Prince Caspian is the hero of a book, the second in the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. My aunt gave it to me as a parting gift after… Read more
I remember an English test at primary school. One task was to tweak words in order to create their antonyms. I got stuck on sense. “What word is the opposite?”… Read more
Growing up, I loved Ramona. She was so exuberant and spunky; full of beans. Her older sister, Beezus, called her a pest, but I knew she wasn’t one, at least… Read more
Arthur, my son, is four-years-old. My sister gave him a wolf suit for Christmas and he won’t take it off. He wears it in bed, he wears it for breakfast,… Read more
Flat Stanley is the character that moved me as a child. This kid could do things that others couldn’t. He could slide under doors, become a kite or post himself… Read more
‘Just because we happen not to have actually seen something with our own two little winkles, we think it is not existing’ The BFG is a story which tells the… Read more
Hats off to Dr Seuss! When I was quite little I’d hang by the gate Of the primary school ‘Cos I just couldn’t wait To join my big sister: See,… Read more
If you have a child, remember what it’s like to be one or you still are one, perhaps you can answer this: Why do children and their grandparents have such… Read more
Dear Kizzy When I first read about you in Rumer Godden’s the Diddakoi back in 1972, I was nine. Just a year or two older than you were in the… Read more
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