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Title: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: Jean Reidy on May 10, 2013, 03:49 PM
Hi everyone!
Can you please point me in the direction of some recent picture book titles which have at least 4-6 named characters?
Thanks,
Jean
Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: KDuBayGillis on May 10, 2013, 04:29 PM
The one that immediately comes to mind are THE DUNDERHEADS...but I'm sure some will argue it isn't a true PB.

The other one I can think of is THE INSOMNIACS...about a family.

And I think Kevin Henke's CHRYSANTHEMUM has her as the MC, but then lists many of her friends and teachers.  (I think a few of his mouse-character books have several named characters.)

Curious to see what other titles folks come up with!

-Kellie
Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: Jaina on May 10, 2013, 05:33 PM
Yoko by Rosemary Wells names Yoko, her mom (or is it Grandma?), and at least two kids in her class, if not more.
Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: Franzilla on May 10, 2013, 06:06 PM
I can think of quite a few but they're all big brand series type books (Angelina Ballerina, Olivia, Mickey Mouse etc). That's probably not what you're looking for as with those series books it's easier, I think, for an author to introduce more characters over time.

Does Mo Willem's Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs count? The Three Ninja Pigs?
Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: CarrieF on May 10, 2013, 06:23 PM
Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy has lots of named townspeople.
Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: TMarie on May 10, 2013, 08:43 PM
Hi Jean Reidy! A few come to mind,

Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis
Henry in Love by Peter McCarty
and my friend Karen Kaufman Orloff's, I Wanna New Room has several!
I also have one circulating, still searching for that perfect publishing house though.
Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: Alison A on May 10, 2013, 10:33 PM
My PB nature series has several named characters who appear in each book:
Five named kids, their teacher-Mr. Tate, and then an extra character who shares important subject information
(Farmer Ellen in THESE BEES COUNT!, Captain Ned in THESE SEAS COUNT!).
Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: Bobi Martin on May 10, 2013, 10:49 PM
The Bernstein Bears have at least four.  Granny and the Bean Thief has six or maybe seven. You're All My Favorites has five.
Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: Margaret G on May 11, 2013, 07:49 AM
Here are a few:

HUCK RUNS AMUCK by Sean Taylor -- I believe there are several named characters but one main one.
A HOME FOR BIRD by Philip C. Stead has 4 characters -- Vernon, Porcupine, Skunk, and Bird.
THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE IN SCHOOL has the gingerbread man, coach, art teacher, nurse, and Principal Peacock. They're not all named, but they are all distinct characters who have lines of dialogue.
Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: eecoburn on May 11, 2013, 12:44 PM
BEAR'S NEW FRIEND by Karma Wilson
Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: taralazar on May 18, 2013, 12:44 PM
This isn't very recent, Jean, but I always use it as an example of a picture book with multiple named characters that works really well. There's SEVEN named characters!

THE LOUDS MOVE IN! By Carolyn Crimi

P.S. THE MONSTORE has five named characters. Six if you count "The Monstore Manager", who doesn't have a name per se, but if he did, it would be Danny DeVito. Tee hee.
Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: Sheri D. on May 18, 2013, 04:59 PM
This isn't recent either (2003), but it was a favorite in my house:  HURRY GRANNY ANNIE. (four named characters)

Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: DonnaE on May 18, 2013, 10:16 PM
I hope it is okay to mention my book, Being Frank.
There are, including the main character, there are NINE named characters. They all interact with the main character and are instrumental in the storyline.
Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: AmyD on May 19, 2013, 02:30 PM
THE SEVEN SILLY EATERS by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Marla Frazee. The entire Peters family plays a part, all 7 kids and the parents. It's brilliant.

Oh, just noticed you want recent. 1997 feels like yesterday to me, but I'm guessing it may not qualify  :laugh
Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: CarrieF on May 27, 2013, 07:01 AM
Too Noisy by Malachy Doyle was one I read recently that had a lot of characters, but I'm not sure how distinct they were from each other (they're all in one family).

The Baby That Roared by Simon Puttock also had quite a few characters.
Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: GoldenBird on May 27, 2013, 07:30 AM
CORGIVILLE FAIR by Tasha Tudor has a whole bunch of named characters - 11 or so. A few of them are only mentioned/pictured once, but many of them recur.
Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: DianaM on May 27, 2013, 10:26 AM
THE MONSTERS' MONSTER, 2012
Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: anita on May 27, 2013, 03:09 PM
An oldie but a goodie: The Doorbell Rang
Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: Nanci on May 27, 2013, 05:42 PM
The Betty Bunny books have 6.
Title: Re: Picture Books with Many Characters
Post by: Jean Reidy on May 28, 2013, 10:52 AM
Thanks, everyone! This is so helpful!
Jean