in a whole lot of picture book
s by originally by Mercer Mayer
, put out by Golden Publishing
. Some are now co-written by Mayer's family members. In the majority of the books, Little Critter is a male
creature of indeterminate species (hence the name, I suppose) who seems to be pre-school
-aged and lives with his mother
, and little sister
. "Just Me and My Dad," "Taking Care of Mom," "Just A Mess," and titles like that.
There is now a series of chapter books for slightly older children in which Little Critter has abbreviated his name to L.C. -- the whole series is called "L.C. and the Critter Kids." The pictures of L.C. in standard late-1990s pre-teen clothing on the covers are not nearly as cute as younger illustrations.