Just For Fun

The Luckiest Characters in
Children’s Literature

by Devon A. Corneal

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, illustration Mary GrandPré; My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza, illustration Keiko Kasza; How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, illustration David Shannon; Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne, illustration Ernest H. Shepard; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, illustration Quentin Blake

The characters in children’s books are some of the luckiest folks around. They survive situations that would leave adults shell-shocked, and do so with their optimism intact. In the real world they’d be goners, but between the covers of a book, they’re invincible.

In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, four-leaf clovers, leprechauns, and rainbows, here are a few of the luckiest characters in children’s literature.

What other characters from kids’ lit always seem to have luck on their side?