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The Real Age of Children’s Literature Characters

When this How Old Do I Look thing came out, my first thought was “Finally! Children’s literature characters have been lying about their ages for years! Moment of truth time.”

So, don’t believe everything you read, folks – here are the real ages of these characters…

So Johnny Tremain claims to be 14. Nope:

Ella, you may say you’re a teen, but now we know the truth:

10, Annemarie? Really?

Pretending to be a kid might be the best prank Niles has pulled off yet:

Bud says he’s 10. Try three times that!!

This one might be correct, actually:

Hm. Same here.

This one is big. All the history books say Abe died at 54. I beg to differ:

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Alison L. Morris says:

    Travis, this is hilarious! (And clearly shows that technology cannot yet do all the things we humans can…) Love picturing Niles of The Terrible Two at age 87 — pulling pranks at the nursing home!

  2. This is genius.

  3. I’m terrified now to check my own photo after seeing these results!