Sunday, December 31, 2006

Favorite Fictional Characters (Animals)

One thing I loved to read when I was a kid was Animal Stories. Jim Kjelgaard and Walter Farley were two of my favorite writers at that time. I still have fond memories of many of their tales. In fact, I still own many of their books. In keeping with that, and with my yesterday's post, I thought it only fair to put up my Top Ten Favorite list of fictional animal characters. Here they are:

1. Pagoo, a hermit crab from the story of the same name. A children’s book by Holling C. Holling. One of my favorite books of all time.

2. Desert Dog, a greyhound abandoned in the desert who must learn to survive, from Jim Kjelgaard’s book.

3. Flame, also known as “The Island Stallion,” from the Walter Farley books.

4. The Black Stallion, also from Walter Farley.

5. Mike. Steve Costigan’s white bulldog, from the Robert E. Howard stories.

6. White Fang, from the Jack London book.

7. Buck, from Call of the Wild by Jack London.

8. Charlotte, from Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White.

9. Black Gold, the horse in the book of the same name, by Marguerite Henry.

10. The unnamed polar bear from the book The Strange Intruder by Arthur Catherall.

5 comments:

Stewart Sternberg said...

Favorite animal? Would Cthulhu count? What about the Tazmanian Devil?

Hm.

Happy New Year.

cs harris said...

A huge percentage of the books I read as a child were about dogs, cats, or horses. I'd be interested to hear why those kinds of stories have a particular appeal to children. Never read Desert Dog, though; must look for it.

Sidney said...

Oh, I got one for animals. There's a book called "A Night in the Lonesome October" by Rober Zelazny that's all about the familiars of various famous characters such as Dracula. It's told by Snuff, the dog familiar of Jack the Ripper. It has Lovecraftian goings on and everything. Very cool book!

Happy New Year, Amigo!

JR's Thumbprints said...

Since you put an animal in your favorite fictional characters (previous post), I thought I'd add a person to your favorite animals: Ignatius J. Reilly from "A Confederacy of Dunces."

Clifford said...

I've always loved animals, but for some reason, I hate them in my fiction. As a child, my favorite cartoon was Johnny Quest ... but with every episode I prayed Bandit, Johnny's little troublesome dog, would meet his end. I understood if would never happen, but as a kid, hope springs eternal!