Thursday, April 7, 2016

Literary Miximals with Elizabeth Rose Stanton

I had so much fun with fellow Whatsit, Ben Clanton's, post about "Miximals" from last week that it got me thinking about some of the "miximals" that already exist in children's literature.
Here are some that spring to mind:

Growing up, I was fascinated by Hugh Lofting's pushmi-pullyu—kind of a gazelle, bi-horned unicorn cross:
from The Story of Dr Dolittle (1920)

Lewis Carroll's fantastic nonsense creatures came to life in John Tenniel's exquisitely detailed drawings:

The gryphon, which looks to be a lion, raptor, not-sure-what-else kind of critter; and the mock turtle— a wonderful blend of cow and turtle!
from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

 . . . and the ultimate composite Alice creature, the jabberwocky:
from Through the Looking glass, and what Alice Found There (1871)

On a more modern, and lighter note, here are a few jumbled-up characters from Dr. Seuss, complete with a variety of miximal-type names:

  from If I ran the Zoo (1950)

Finally, I think Maurice Sendak's Wild Things are some of the best "miximals" going!
 from Where the Wild Things Are (1963)

 What are your favorite miximals from children's literature?



1 comment:

  1. I love those WTWTA miximals, and knowing that they are stand-ins for Sendak's meddling aunts and uncles.