Unsung Heroes of Kids’ Books- Part 1

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This is part one of a two part scientific exploration into the world of neglected characters in kids’ books. This one shall feature secondary characters that I love dearly. These include characters that just happen to be hanging out on a page, and also the lovies of the main characters.

Can you even stand it? His toy is Babar! Classic. But wait ’til you see the next one…


That is ERNIE gracing this cage. Picturing a smiling armadillo curled up with Ernie makes me feel all giggly.


I love the kitty doll with the dead eye and stripey legs. Pretty much everything about the Olivia books is good- look at the robot in the next pic. I want to be its friend.



Who remembers Lowly Worm? He’s probably the greatest B-lister there ever was.


Charlie and Lola is a cartoon that comes from the UK and is super cute. The animation style is pretty choppy and collagey, and this elephant toy on the ground is something I could easily see in an Etsy shop


Hello, crazy little pony. May I poke you in your bloated stomach?


Well, hello even crazier little puppy. Or perhaps psychotic little devil-critter would be a more appropriate name.


Need I even explain why a mini blue kangaroo is cool? No wonder the little girl is gazing at him.


Llama llama is an incredibly annoying book to read, that my 2 year old is quite taken with. I just like his stuffed llama buddy.




  1. 12/28/2011 / 4:51 pm

    You are so observant! I am a tad embarrassed to say a lot of time I hardly look at the pictures when reading to the kids(which is especially sad since sometime I think I would like to illustrate a children's book). Excuse me, I have to go check out our copy of Goodnight Gorilla for Ernie!!!

  2. 12/28/2011 / 5:41 pm

    I have read Goodnight Gorilla at least six hundred and twenty seven gazillion times and never noticed Ernie! I'm also a huge fan of Lowly Worm and blue kangaroos.

  3. 12/28/2011 / 7:35 pm

    I'm impressed, and there's got to be a market for the blue kangaroo. Everyone needs one.

  4. 12/29/2011 / 5:49 am

    Sometimes I wish adult books were one tenth as great as children's books, but then, meh, it would never work out, since kids are about a million times more awesome than adults (except for the whining and potty things).

  5. Julie
    12/29/2011 / 7:01 am

    I picked up Goodnight Gorilla at a yard sale for about 25 cents and it was one of my daughter's favorite books. I noticed Ernie but I never noticed Babar. My favorite part of the book was when we got to the armadillo because my daughter always called it a harmadillo. Made me giggle every time we read it.

  6. 12/29/2011 / 8:03 am

    Lowly Worm has always been one of my favorite book characters. I've loved him since I was small.

  7. 12/29/2011 / 11:42 am

    Yes, you clearly enjoy the underdog.

  8. 12/29/2011 / 11:44 am

    He's so awesome, and I'm glad he never sold out. He's remained this wonderful indie hero.

  9. 12/29/2011 / 11:45 am

    I love the mispronunciations. Bex keeps calling my husb. Doggie instead of Daddy, and it cracks me up.

  10. 12/29/2011 / 11:48 am

    That's why I find it so hard to read! There are sooooo many crappy books out there and I feel cheated beyond belief when I waste my time reading a bad one. Let's stick to reading kids' books.

  11. 12/29/2011 / 11:49 am

    I hope you found Ernie and it wasn't just in my copy. Or maybe I just imagined him because I hallucinate Ernie everywhere, yikes.

  12. 12/29/2011 / 1:15 pm

    I LOVED Lowly Worm as a kid. I doubled the book reading time by obsessively searching for him on each page. My mom didn't love Lowly as much as me.

  13. 12/30/2011 / 5:48 pm

    When I have a baby I'm coming for you and your brilliance.

  14. 01/01/2012 / 10:37 am

    I love how in Goodnight Gorilla, all the animals in the zoo have a matching stuffed animal toy EXCEPT the armadillo who has Ernie. So fun! And you are so right about Lowly Worm. Worm rocks!

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