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What animals do you think appeal to children most?

 
Nickie85
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I am now brainstorming and thinking things over in my brain and I kind of want to take a crack at writing a children's book. They are typically shorter, lighter reads and since I enjoy drawing, I can make my own characters. 

I know how to draw some animals quite well but others would need work. What kind of animals do you think would be good characters for a children's book?

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Topic starter Posted : 22/12/2020 5:13 pm
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Children are fond of most domestic animals, and even a few farm animals. It's less about the animals and more about the charming, witty personality portrayed by the animals!

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Posted : 23/12/2020 12:30 pm
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Posted by: @junamo

Children are fond of most domestic animals, and even a few farm animals. It's less about the animals and more about the charming, witty personality portrayed by the animals!

This is true. I guess sticking to domesticated animals is best since there is a chance a lot of the children have experiences with them hands-on but at the same time, the personality makes the difference. Children could love an alligator character and not trust or even like the real animal. 

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I would suggest a bear. Just stick to the good side of the bears .You can make it appear fluffy and comfortable to hug and cuddle. Just like the teddy bear that most of the kids already have. So it will be easy for them to related to it. 

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Posted : 30/12/2020 10:40 am
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Posted by: @jeremy

I would suggest a bear. Just stick to the good side of the bears .You can make it appear fluffy and comfortable to hug and cuddle. Just like the teddy bear that most of the kids already have. So it will be easy for them to related to it. 

That is a really good suggestion! I don't know of a single kid who never had a bear growing up. It is like the staple toy parents, friends, and family buy for children. I will see if I can come up with some ideas on a design. 

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Topic starter Posted : 31/12/2020 5:36 pm
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I would say cats and dogs. Just have a goofy version of a dog and a cute version of a kitten and all the kids will fall in love with them. Even better is having a cartoon figure of them drawn in the cover and a few pages inside. They will relate more to theme. Just like in comic books. 

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I think a child makes friends with all sorts of animals, depends on where they live, rabbits, even a mouse that might live in the garden.

The possibilities are endless, like the child's secret friend who only he sees.

and no one else can, but the child.

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Posted by: @simon

I would say cats and dogs. Just have a goofy version of a dog and a cute version of a kitten and all the kids will fall in love with them. Even better is having a cartoon figure of them drawn in the cover and a few pages inside. They will relate more to theme. Just like in comic books. 

I would fully intend on having a colored image book with minimal writing. Something short but vibrant with colorful illustrations. Just a matter of deciding on an animal. I am working on some rough drafts of different animals. I might share some soon.

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Topic starter Posted : 03/01/2021 11:41 pm
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You may choose any common animal. It mostly depends on the way they are depicted. Example - Lion (Alex) in Madagascar may look friendly but not so much in The Lion King (good as well as bad). Similarly, wolves in The Jungle Book are nice but they may look fierce in another story.

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Posted by: @words-worth

You may choose any common animal. It mostly depends on the way they are depicted. Example - Lion (Alex) in Madagascar may look friendly but not so much in The Lion King (good as well as bad). Similarly, wolves in The Jungle Book are nice but they may look fierce in another story.

Ah yeah, that is another thing. I mean you can really turn anything into a loved character by children so long as the design and concept are appealing. I still remember when that Lucus the Spider blew up. Kids and parents alike loved it and that was a jumping spider. 

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