We read a decent number of your books, some more than others, and I feel it is my duty to pass on some of my observations as the experienced adult who sees through these cute-faced cartoon characters trying to impress you. They take your innocence for granted and must be revealed.
Thomas the Tank Engine is a schizophrenic manchild. When he’s hauling “Annie and Clarabel”, the two carriages, they’re really a projection of his alternative personalities. They bounce between echoing his thoughts or feeding his inner fears like in Season 1’s race with Bertie the Bus. Thomas himself flips between moods and thoughts in the matter of seconds in many episodes as well. And of course, he’s always whining when something doesn’t go his way or throwing a tantrum when he has to do something he doesn’t want to do. Some role model!
Pete the Cat is about a stoned cat’s adventures. Stoned as in high. On Marijuana. Weed. Dank. Whatever you want to call it. A cat with small orange eyes telling everyone to chill with an attitude as mellow as a hibernating bear. I don’t know how this book got past so many people on its way to get published (and there are dozens of books with this character) unless everyone along the way got in on the joke: “Hey, let’s just see if Bob the Boss will approve this book about a faded cat.” Then when it got to Henry the Head Honcho, who gives the final go-ahead for publishing it, he must’ve thought, “Shoot, I can’t say no to this. Everyone’s going to think I’m a prude with a stick up his ass,” and just went with it.
PS. I caught your pinkeye. We are all still sick. We are never going to get better.