A Non-Exhaustive List of Anthropomorphic Picture Book Protagonists Who Are Written As Male But Totally Don't Need To Be For Narrative Purposes

1) Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink, in their respective books.

2) The Runaway Bunny

3) Wodney Wat (although Camilla Capybara is cool)

4) Tacky the Penguin

5) Zorro the Dog

6) The Little Skyscraper

7) The Pigeon

8) Most of Eric Carle's animals

9) Thing One and Thing Two

10) The Mouse that you may or may not provide with a cookie

11) Scaredy Squirrel

12) Clifford

13) Most of Leo Lionni's characters

14) Froggy

15) Harry the Dirty Dog

16) Rainbow Fish

At least there's Mike Mulligan's steam shovel.

This will be followed by a list of animals that are probably assumed to be boys but totally don't have to be. Add to this list in the comments!

Kyle LukoffComment
Themes to come

This is called the Opinions page for a reason. I have lots of them, and wanted a place to write them down. Partly because I don't want to continue to just ramble to my friends, but also because people sometimes ask me what I think, and it seems like a good idea to transfer my thoughts onto paper in an organized, logical way.

Of course, by "paper" I mean "the Internet." And because the Internet, and blogs, are a constantly changing, updating, plastic media, that means that this page will include some longer articles but will more likely be serial in nature. Instead of one long essay about, for example, moralistic children's literature, I'll probably post about that subject in shorter musings, as specific books, examples, or lessons arise.

One important note, however, will remain constant. All of the opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone, unless you agree, in which case they're also yours. They are not, however, endorsed by my employers in any way, shape, or form.

Kyle LukoffComment