World Book Day: Our Favourite Faber Children’s Book Characters

We asked Faber staff to send in their favourite Faber Children’s book character: characters old or new, human or animal, leading role or cameo appearance.

Jam from Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

‘She is really brave and curious – always questioning the status quo.’

Judith Gates, Production Director / Director of Faber Factory

Marianne from Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr

‘It’s a real oldie, a classic from the Faber list but I still think about Marianne and Mark in Marianne Dreams and the brilliant idea that the drawings Marianne makes while she is stuck in bed, recovering from an illness, come to life in her dreams. Marianne doesn’t realise the connection at first and vents her anger at a boy called Mark in scary drawings, only to go to sleep and find herself in the frightening world she has created. In Marianne’s dream world Mark is a prisoner. Marianne has to use her special powers to rescue Mark and it seems that the magic of the dreams is creeping into the real world too . . .’

Catherine Daly, Audio Editor

Zebra from Not Yet, Zebra by Lou Kuenzler and illustrated by Julia Woolf

‘He’s a bit of a celeb in our house – his yoga letters were stuck to our walls (and peeled off without taking the paint – thank you, Production). He’s always there with his hoof off and his octopus fancy dress costume from socks is genius – and works as an actual costume. The kids have outgrown the book but it’s still on the shelves, ready for younger visitors. I love Zebra, in fact, I think I might BE Zebra.’

Louisa Joyner, Associate Publisher

Jori from Uki and the Outcasts by Kieran Larwood and illustrated by David Wyatt

‘Jori is a teenage rabbit and trained assassin who refuses to kill so joins Uki’s band of outcasts, she uses this amazing substance which lets her move faster in battle and I loved picturing her swirling around with her sword, defeating rabbits so much older and bigger than her.’

Natasha Brown, Editor/Project Editor

Lin from Bad Panda by Swapna Haddow and illustrated by Sheena Dempsey

‘Lin is described as “an absolute rotter of a panda” and she gets the thumbs up from me!

I am pretty certain she’d give several of my other fictional anti-heroes a run for their money (including My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards and Shirley Hughes, Judy Blume’s eponymous creation Fudge and Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes). Bad Panda is a guaranteed pick-me-up and I defy readers of any age not to giggle at Sheena Dempsey’s hilarious illustrations.’

Louise Brice, Acting Rights Agent

Amani from Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

‘My favourite character is from a book I most enjoyed reading with my daughter. Amani is passionate, independent and head-strong.’

Kate Ward, Editorial Design Manager

Cow from Yes You Can, Cow! by Rashmi Sirdeshpande and illustrated by Rikin Parekh

‘I definitely relate most to this character. Don’t put me on stage!’

Emma Eldridge, Art Director

Lotti from Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farrant

‘It’s impossible to pick just one of my favourite Faber Children’s book characters but I do have a soft spot for Lotti. She’s impulsive, smart, imaginative, brave and, to top it all off, living with a bunch of dogs and puppies, what’s not to love?’

Bethany Carter, Children’s Publicity Manager

Picklewitch from Picklewitch and Jack by Claire Barker, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

‘I’ve always loved Picklewitch, she’s funny, naughty and wild – with vivid red hair (which I’m jealous of), and a weakness for cake (which I can identify with!).’

Hannah Styles, Senior Rights Executive

Macavity from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, illustrated by Júlia Sardà

‘Somehow Eliot’s poem seems to have lodged in my head for as long as I can remember. Who wouldn’t love a cat nicknamed the Hidden Paw – a master criminal who is also said to cheat at cards . . .’

Melanie Tyrrell, Account Manager

The Sturvey from The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders

‘I love this wise old Jewish teddy bear, made in 1902, called The Sturvey because of his label. Discarded in Germany during the war when his owners are taken away by soldiers, he is discovered again as peace returns. And the injection of love he receives gives him his magical quality. I wish I had him sitting on my desk, sagely telling me, “Everything will be absolutely fine,“ as he says to Emily at the end of the book.’

Alice Swan, Editorial Director

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