As you may have surmised, we are currently reading Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking over here at Casa Book Bench. When we finished a chapter several nights ago, one of the kids asked, "Can you imagine if Mary Poppins met Pippi?" My daughter and I initially felt Mary would quite disapprove of Pippi's lifestyle, but my older son convinced us that they have a lot in common. They both enjoy an adventure, have good imaginations, and neither is afraid of hard work.
We had some fun imagining the meetings between characters of other books. Ethan suggested that Mary Pope Osborne's Jack and Annie would never get back to their Magic Treehouse if stuck with Barbara Park's Junie B. Jones character. We all laughingly agreed. We all wondered if Despereaux Tilling would get along with Stuart Little. Or with Geronimo Stilton? Perhaps not. Really all they have in common is being mice. And we all would love to be there for the mayhem when Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter books meet Harold and George from Captain Underpants.