You may have heard "Don't judge a book by its cover," but what about its title? Here are some unusual book titles I have unearthed in OPL's children's collection -- if you are interested, place a hold request and check them out!
Older books tend to have some details of the plot in the subtitles, instead of a blurb on the jacket flap or back cover. Therefore they can be amusingly long and unwieldy (and are often known only by the main part of the title).
- The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who Lived Eight and Twenty Years All Alone in An Uninhabited Island on the Coast of America, Near the Mouth of the Great River of Orinoco; Having Been Cast on Shore by Shipwreck, Wherein All the Men Perished but Himself. With An Account How He Was at Last as Strangely Delivered by Pirates
- The history of little Goody Twoshoes : an account of the means by which she acquired her learning and wisdom, and, in consequence thereof, her estate
- The dark frigate; : wherein is told the story of Philip Marsham who lived in the time of King Charles and was bred a sailor but came home to England after many hazards by sea and land and fought for the King at Newbury and lost a great inheritance and departed for Barbados in the same ship, by curious chance, in which he had long before adventured with the pirates
- The seal of the White Buddha: : being the tale of a New England girl in the year 1847 sailing abroad her uncle's clipper ship to distant China, and of the mystery, adventure and great good fortune which befell her
- The merry pilgrimage : how Charlemagne went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in order to see whether Hugo of Constantinople was a handsomer man than he
(Sometimes modern authors copy this technique to add drama to their titles, such as Lloyd Alexander's 1970 novel The marvelous misadventures of Sebastian; : grand extravaganza, including a performance by the entire cast of the Gallimaufry-Theatricus.)
Then there are some that give you very little detail about the story and make you wonder what they're all about.
- The Superlative Horse
- Fortunately, the Milk
- The Twits
- Beverly, Right Here
- National Velvet
- Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
A strange name or made-up word always throws some reader for a loop!
A few titles that puzzled me as a kid only made sense after reading the books. Can you figure them out?