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Failed Children’s Book Titles

 by Julie Hanus


Tags: Great Writing, literary news, books and publishers, children's lit, book titles, Judy Blume, Will Arnett, Twitter,

Book nerds and children’s literature nostalgics alike were treated today when Twitter exploded with the trending topic #failedchildrensbooktitles. Plenty of “failed titles” took the raunchy road—can it ever be helped on the internet?—while others proved good old fashioned humor still has a place online. Some of my non-offensive favorites (with their twittering creators in parenthesis):

Ramona Quimby, age 38 (@the_games_afoot)

Furious George (@swagner1031)

Little House on Stolen Land (@kitchenartist)

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Mercury Poisoning (@Fletcherism73)

Horton Hears The Who (@NilsAParker)

The Bailout Tree (@markolivas)

Punch the Bunny (@manningtheship)

Nobody Else Poops (@diablocody)

Where the Wild Things Eat You (@bmerritt)

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Bertrand Russell (@joshuacmurphy)

And on that note, if you haven’t yet watched this clip of Will Arnett reading from Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, you’re in for another children’s classics take-two treat.

Source: Twitter

bgordon
8/7/2009 2:41:21 PM

I also liked @jkottke 's response: Lolita


doc_1
8/7/2009 2:38:40 PM

@ Mark E. Thanks for the spam, jerk.


doc_1
8/7/2009 2:37:10 PM

The worst ever, although not technically "failed", has to be Bill O'Reilly's "Children Are Americans Too". As if.


tom hendricks
7/30/2009 12:17:56 PM

Here's a title." I'm Famous and I've written an awful children's book" Part of the revolution in all the arts is to get publishing away from the bad books they've saddled us for years - the lit. novels that have the endless showy detail but are impossible to read, the political non-fiction bios that have advances that come across as payola from the big media companies, the info tomes of hundreds of pages, that are in reality a 10 page essay' worth of real usable information, fill-in-the-blank fiction from dinosaur authors that repeat themselves over and over, and those horrible kids books from hollywood and music stars. AND a media that gives good reviews to all this, never talks about the art revolution, the new innovative writers, those advocates for change AND refuses to answer tough questions why they won't be fair.


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