*Not counting titles with subtitles or books that have the phrase “and other” in it (like The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales). That would be way too easy…
This list was inspired after talking to children’s author and illustrator David LaRochelle about his new book Arlo’s ARTrageous Adventure! While it is a cool title, David’s original – and rejected – title was the glorious We’re Going to the Art Museum Whether You Like It or Not! Sometimes I think editors need to step out of their office more often and look around.
Why make a list like this? Besides the fun library display possibilities, just talking about fun aspects of literature makes the whole notion of reading fun for kids. That’s reason enough.
8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel (Divided by) 1 Dog = Chaos by Vivian Vande Velde.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst.
Alexander Who’s Not, (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move by Judith Viorst.
Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 by Dav Pilkey. (The latest in a long string of long Captain Underpants titles.)
Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Bogan Logan Was Her Name by Tedd Arnold.
Evangeline Mudd and the Golden-Haired Apes of the Ikkinasti Jungle by David Elliott.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. (I’m having an internal debate on counting the hyphenated “Mixed-Up” as one word or two.)
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente.
The Girl Who Fell Behind Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente.
A Great Big Ugly Man Came Up and Tied His Horse to Me by Wallace Tripp.
The Great Piratical Rumbustification & the Librarian and the Robbers by Margaret Mahy. (This one slightly cheats because these are two story titles tied together.)
The High Rise Glorious Skittle Skat Roarious Sky Pie Angel Food Cake by Nancy Willard.
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman.
I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb.
Jeremy Cabbage and the Living Museum of Human Oddballs and Quadruped Delights by David Elliott.
My Mama Says There Aren’t Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Creatures, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins, or Things by Judith Viorst.
My Mother Is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Becky Reyher.
The Top 10 Ways to Ruin the First Day of 5th Grade by Ken Derby.
Please help add on to this list. No titles with subtitles unless the pre-subtitle title (say that 10 times real fast) is 10 words or more and no titles with the phrase “and other,” unless you want to make a really big book display.