Believe it or not, the “talking animal” is a highly controversial subject in the world of children’s writing.
Some editors love them…
Some detest them…
And some educational companies absolutely forbid you to suggest that an animal speaks human.
And yet, many of our most beloved storybook characters from childhood are totally anthro.
Think about it —
You’ve got your Pooh bear, your Peter Rabbit, and Frances that well-mannered badger-thingy.
So, here’s my question…
Why don’t they ever wear pants?
Sure, they can chat, dance, serve tea, and even wear snappy tops…
But pants are definitely NOT happening with this crowd.
I don’t know about you, but that one’s been bugging me since I was about seven.
Alas, it is a mystery that may never be solved.
Anyway, here’s some real animal news that you can use in your writing today —
Marine biologists have recently discovered that dolphins use unique whistles for each of their friends.
In other words, they call one another by name.
Until now, we thought that only big-headed humans did such a thing.
And yet, these underwater anthros seem to fit the same old pattern —
Bottlenose bloomers and boxers have yet to be located.
The search continues…
PROMPT: It’s all about anthros today. Write with the dolphins, or knock yourself out with some other chatty critter — but do me a favor and, please oh please, keep their private parts private.