Pop 5: Books that would make great Poptropica Islands

Hey Poptropicans—this is a guest post by Striped Cactus, who shares about some books that, in her opinion, would make awesome Poptropica Islands. You, too, can write for the PHB—take a look down below to find out how!

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Admit it: we’ve all had a moment when we’ve been watching a movie or reading a book, and then suddenly it hits you that “this would be a great Poptropica Island!” And then you get distracted by thinking about how the storyline would go, the Poptropicans you would meet, the items you would pick up… No? Just me?

Well, here’s a Pop 5 list of literary places I wish were in Poptropica. Keep in mind, since Poptropica is technically a “kids’ game,” I’m keeping my list age-appropriate.

#5: A Wrinkle In Time

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Yeah, maybe part of my inspiration for this is the hype for the reboot of the movie coming out soon, but this has always been one of my favorite books, and how awesome would it be to have your Poptropican be a stand-in for Meg, going on adventures with Calvin and Charles-Wallace? I would kill for a Poptropican island for Wrinkle.

I’m thinking a boss battle with IT comparable to the Red Dragon boss battle at the end of that island (Cloud Dragon vs Fire Dragon), or something like the Steamworks boss battle.

#4: The Lightning Thief

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This is just too good of an opportunity to pass up. I’ve always dreamed of having a Camp Half-Blood t-shirt for my Poptropican, and I’m talking outside of that one ad they did for the Sea of Monsters ad millennia ago. I’m thinking spacebar activates Riptide, ya know, with some mini battles every time you have to fight a monster… It would be a very unique island to the Poptropica universe, but it would be so awesome.

#3: The Harry Potter Series

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Now, if you know me well enough, you’ll know that I’ve always been on the borderline with Harry Potter. It’s never been my favorite book series and I never could quite understand the hype that the fans associated with it, but on all levels, I admit the Harry Potter books would make one heck of a Poptropica island. Think getting to choose your own house, a Quidditch mini game, Voldemort boss battle, a scene in the Hogwarts Express—the opportunities for that are endless.

Related: Check out the PHB’s Harry Pop-ter and the PHB Pop-over post for some Harry Potter costumes on Poptropica!

#2: The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles

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I know few people have heard of this book, but hear me out. It’s written by Julie Andrews herself (The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins) and it’s a book that changed my life when I was younger, inspiring me to take writing seriously. The plot resembles something I could definitely envision as a Poptropica island.

Three children must learn to submit themselves to their imaginations to travel into something of an alternate dimension where a mystical creature called a Whangdoodle lives, the last of his kind. Guiding them is a man known mostly as “the professor” and he holds the key to cloning a Whangdoodle, in hopes that there would be more in the future. Sort of like if you mixed Twisted Thicket with Mission Atlantis.

#1: A Tale Dark and Grimm

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A Tale Dark and Grimm still remains my favorite book of all time. Yeah, some parts of it might be a tad bit gruesome for kids. When the book was written, the imagery was left to the imagination, but if you’re seeing some of the stuff described as an animated video game, those could be frightening images.

I mean, granted… when it comes to the Poptropica Creators, we’re talking about the same creeps (and I say this with love) who made the Jersey Devil that haunted my childhood so, I guess these things are possible. A combination of some of the most classic fairy tales while also providing some valuable and realistic life lessons? Very cool.

I’d love to hear some of your guys’s ideas for books that would make cool Poptropica islands! Be sure to tell me in the comments. 🙂

Stay safe out there, everybody.

—Striped Cactus


Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Striped Cactus! To learn more about the writer, check out Striped Cactus’s My Place in Poptropica story.

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12 thoughts on “Pop 5: Books that would make great Poptropica Islands

  1. Annie Voss says:

    The Last of the Really Great Whangdooles would ba an AMAZING island. That book was a childhood favorite! Glad I am not the only one who remembers it.

  2. TIka says:

    Those ideas are really cool! I love A Tale Dark and Grimm! And even though I think Harry Potter is a bit overrated, it’ll make a great island! My top idea would be an island for The Land of Stories, though.

  3. stripedcactus says:

    That’s awesome! I love Land of Stories. Great idea!!

    Have any of you guys read the Secret Series? One of my favorites when I was younger. 🙂 I think that would be a cool Poptropica island too but when I was making the list, the Secret Series got sixth place so

      • stripedcactus says:

        Yas the narrator is pretty sweet in the Secret Series. I actually used the first page as a monologue for an audition once

        (spoiler: I got in. Kinda had an advantage though, it was a musical I had written lol)

    • stripedcactus says:

      Nice, I read it! 🙂
      You and I have different taste, it seems, but I have to say Mocktropica has always been one of my favorites

    • stripedcactus says:

      Yellow Penguin I love that idea!!
      That’s really cool. I also loved the graphic novel The Silver Six, one of my favorites. Not to mention the always classic City of Ember, that’d make a sweet Pop island. Probably would require multiple episodes though lol

  4. Sporty Eel says:

    PJO would be awesome! And not too much work either on the characters. They could recycle the ones from Mythology Island. (They better, if there is an island. I’m not seeing them in any other form.)

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