It’s Tuesday, and I like to post a random (And I mean, random!) top five of YA and kidlit.
Top Five Kidlit Characters Who Were Infinitely Cooler Than Me When I Was Younger
1. Dawn Schafer (The Baby-Sitters Club)
2. Harry Potter (Harry Potter)
3. Sara Crewe (A Little Princess)
4. Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy)
5. Alice (Alice in Wonderland)
Honorable mentions: Anastasia Krupnik, Dani Callanzano, Pollyanna, Ramona Quimby, Encyclopedia Brown
#5 Alice has a wonderful imagination, and gets to travel to a fantastic world. She also gets to fall asleep under a tree reading. I’ve never done that, and thus I’m jealous. Sure, her magical fantasy trip has her end up in peril. Nothing’s perfect.
# 4 Harriet is so cunning! She’s also laying the foundation of being an accomplished writer, recording all of her family and friends’ movements. Yes, it backfires but we all have to start somewhere. Look at Perez Hilton. ..Scratch that.
# 3 Sara Crewe lost her father, all her fine clothes, and nearly all of her friends, but still, she kept up her grace and beliefs. Then Ram Dass sees her, all bedraggled and smiling, and bestows her with many fine goods. And sure, Mr. Carrisford is a long-lost friend of her father’s, but he doesn’t know she’s the Sara Crewe, he and Ram Dass are simply charmed by her kind way. I get annoyed when the grocery store is out of my favorite cereal.
# 2 “You’re a wizard, Harry.” Need I say more?
# 1 Dawn Schafer is the coolest. First of all, she had hair so pale and long, it reached down her back. And she lived in California, which we learned in the beginning every single Baby-Sitters Club book ever, because it’s the epitome of whoa. Second only to Stacey who was in New York City. How cosmopolitan can you get? She’s also vegetarian, which according to US Weekly is “way cool” – sorry, dibbly fresh – and extremely health-conscious. She eats alfalfa even. I didn’t even know what alfalfa was until I was twenty six. True story. She’s also into saving the Earth, a little too much so, and this causes a lot of drama in Dawn Saves the Planet. But it’s all resolved, because she’s Dawn! Even if her goal is a little dramatic – saving the earth, how about saving the community – she still gets her message across. Then in the television episode, Dawn Saves the Trees, she doesn’t just save the park, she saves all the trees, with the help of pre-Scrubs geeky-adorable Zach Braff. Dawn was green before we even “went green.”