Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ten pairs in children's literature

Some things just go together like peanut butter and jelly or shoes and socks.  Yes, they can stand on their own, but they work better as a team. How would Batman get through his day without Robin aiding him with bon mots such as "Holy sardine, Batman!"?

There are many, many great pairs in children's literature.  Pairs where it would be hard to imagine the characters completing a worthwhile story arc without their compliment or in some cases, foil.  Mr. Putter certainly would not enjoy his retirement without Tabby the cat there to cheer him on as he snacks and takes naps.  Calvin would just be one weird kid without being joined by his imaginary friend Hobbes.  And finally, Mike Mulligan would simply be unemployed if he didn't have the companionship of his steam shovel, Mary Anne. 

**As an added bonus, I've included the scene from the 1966 film "Batman: The Movie" from which the "Holy Sardine!" line came from.  In short, Batman is dangling from a helicopter attempting to thwart a shark that has completely swallowed his leg.  They don't make 'em like this anymore.  **

10. The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-fu Cavemen from the Future  by George Beard and Harold Hutchi

9. Elvis and Olive: Super Detectives by Stephanie Watson

8. Mr. Putter and Tabby Series by Cynthia Rylant

7. Judy Moody and Stink by Megan McDonald

6. Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo

5. Hansel and Gretel by The Brothers Grimm

4. Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

3. Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary

2. Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

1. Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton


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