Whether they see them in their favourite storybooks or watch them on TV, most children have a favourite fictional character. The most popular characters are naughty but nice, love to play practical jokes, and always know how to make our children laugh.
Here are our favourite mischievous children’s characters that we can’t help but love:
Henry is a horrible little boy who takes great pleasure in tormenting his perfect little brother and driving his parents to distraction whilst they mutter ‘Don’t be so horrid. Henry!’ Despite his sometimes-questionable behaviour, however, Henry is a loveable rogue and his adventures always make children laugh.
There is a wonderful child-like simplicity to the character of Horrid Henry, and it is impossible not to smile with delight as his latest naughty prank begins to unravel. This explains why the Horrid Henry books have sold over 18 million copies. If you ever had any doubt that cheeky characters were best, just ask any child whether they prefer Henry or his little brother, ‘Perfect Peter!’
Peter Rabbit doesn’t have a great start to life. His father was captured by the McGregors and eaten in a pie. Despite this, Peter doesn’t want to stay at home with his mother. He would much rather head out for a life of risk and adventure. He is a naughty rabbit who never takes no for an answer!
Children love Peter Rabbit because he is as cute as he is mischievous. Peter Rabbit toys are incredibly popular with children of all ages because they remind us that we can be as brave as Peter, whilst still maintaining our cute and cuddly exteriors. Get a Peter Rabbit Toy here.
Mildred Hubble is officially The Worst Witch! Jill Murphy’s classic story tells of a witch who never manages to cast the right spells and never thinks about the consequences of her actions.
Mildred always knows the right tricks to play. From turning her classmates into pigs to dropping water buckets on the head of her teachers (from the safe distance of her broom, of course!) this is one cheeky witch that everyone wishes they could replicate! Whilst she may be the worst witch in the school, this fictional witch has stolen the hearts of children all over the world.
Finally, for older children, Jacqueline Wilson’s multi-award-winning Tracy Beaker is the ultimate cheeky character that has everybody rooting for her.
Tracy is a lonely teenager growing up in a children’s home, and the Tracy Beaker children’s books and TV series follow her on her adventures. Tracy is naughty and mischievous because she often spends her time thinking up the kinds of revenge she would like to take upon her enemies. Despite this, the audience really wants Tracy to succeed. If you’re the parent of a teenager and have never read the Tracy Beaker stories, they are well worth exploring. They deal with a number of challenging issues in a simple and age-appropriate way.
What are your favourite mischievous children’s characters? Do you agree with these picks? What other characters can you add to this list?
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