Now this isn’t your normal “Who would you wanted to be stranded on a desert island with?” question, because the “who” is a little more specific. Instead, the question is, “What fictional book character would you want to be stranded on a desert island with?”
I saw this question once a couple of years ago and thought it was an original one that was a head scratcher for me, so today I decided to ask my kids to see what their responses would be. I was hoping that their responses would give me some inspiration. Here’s what they said:
9 y/o son: A dragon.
Me: Which dragon?
9 y/o: Toothless
9 y/o (shrugging): ‘Cause dragons are awesome and I want to be with a dragon. Plus we can escape.
Me: Good plan
12 y/o daughter (smiling): Percy Jackson
Me (eye roll & smile): Of course. Why?
12 y/o: Because I can escape.
12 y/o: Because he can do stuff with water, so I can escape.
Me: Alrighty then.
So, did they inspire me to come up with an answer? Sorta. I’ve narrowed it down to two (really three). First, Elephant and Piggie. I feel like they’re a team, so its got to be the two of them together. And although they have silly antics, things always seem to work out in the end, so I would enjoy my time until we figured out how to get off the island. My next choice would be Tristan Strong from the series by Kwame Mbalia. He’s got some serious skills, plus some pull with African folktale characters like Ananzi the spider that I think could get us off the island. And in the meantime I think he would be fun to hang out with.
Try asking your reader this question and see who they’ll end up on their island with. Feel free to share their (or your) responses if you get a chance.