Test your knowledge of picture book and picture book author trivia! Try answering the following five questions before you scroll down for the answers!
PICTURE BOOK TRIVIA QUESTIONS
What 1902 children's book is one of the most famous books ever written, with more than 40 million copies sold in over 35 languages?
Aside from writing and illustrating children’s picture books, what do Beatrix Potter, Maurice Sendak, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and Dr. Seuss all have in common? (This question has two possible answers.) :)
Who is the best selling, most translated children’s book author whose name, when properly pronounced (as it would be in its original language), rhymes with “voice”?
What famous children’s book character is a book-reading, library-loving, socially aware, sensitive aardvark?
A museum was built in Japan to pay tribute to a famous children’s book and its author, creating a storybook land with scenes from both the book and the author’s life. Visitors can pose with a two-dimensional figure of the book’s main character. What book does this museum honor?
Answer to Question #1: Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
(The closest answer given during our NPBW Trivia Game was Winnie the Pooh, which was a great guess! Winnie-the-Pooh is another best-selling enduring favorite that was first published in 1926 that has also been translated into many languages—even Latin!)
Answers to Question #2: (1) None of these famous children’s book authors have had children. (2) They all had their works made into children's television cartoons.
Our original answer was (1) None of these famous children’s book authors have had children. Special thanks to Melissa Land, who won that round with the second answer. (2) They all had their works made into children's television cartoons... and taught us a new, fun fact, too! :) Also, not only did we find out that Maurice Sendak had his work made into cartoons, but he had a series called Little Bear!
Little Bear, of course, is now a big fan of the show. (He usually prefers to read, but he does also enjoy movies and a few good TV shows.) :) Here he is watching one of his favorite episodes with a good friend...
Answer to Question #3: Dr. Seuss
Have you been rhyming it with goose? Not to worry! This author never would denounce, not even by an ounce, his loving fans! Some say, though, he just gave in to the more commonly used, Americanized pronunciation. On the other hand, the sound-sensitive Seuss may have chosen the pronunciation we use as consciously as he chose and crafted the sounds and rhythms in his children’s books.
In earlier years, when he wrote for his college’s humor magazine, he may have liked the traditional pronunciation. Here’s a little poem by his friend, Alexander Liang: "You’re wrong as the deuce And you shouldn’t rejoiceIf you’re calling him Seuss.He pronounces it Soice."
Answer to Question #4: Arthur Read
If you recognize Arthur Timothy Read (pictured on the right with Little Bear), but didn’t realize he’s an aardvark, you’re not alone. He has small, rounded ears, no big tail, and the cutest little nose!
But the first Arthur book, Arthur’s Nose (by Marc Brown) was about an aardvark who was self conscious about his large nose. (See Arthur's first book cover (below). Arthur's changed quite a bit!
I don’t want to start any rumors that Arthur, in his quest for fame, had cosmetic surgery, but here are side-by-side images of Arthur on the cover of his first book in 1976 and Arthur today (posing with L.B.)... ;)
Answer to Question #5: The Little Prince
The starting point for the Museum of The Little Prince in Hakone is, of course, the B612 asteroid. :) The museum takes visitors through a world created from the story (walk through Businessman’s Road, the Lamplighter’s Square, and more), and also through the life story of the author. Antoine de Saint-Exupery was born in 1900 in Lyon France, and the tour begins with streets reminiscent of France in the early 1900’s, takes visitor through rooms in which he wrote in Paris and in New York, stories of his days as an aviator, and even a little theater decorated as a desert.
We originally ran this as a trivia game contest during our week-long celebration of picture books in May 2011.) and we got so many fun answers that took us beyond our questions! Here's one response from trivia game player Jamie Quan, who submitted this response to Question #5:
“I have absolutely no idea. But, I did learn a whole lot today looking for the answer and I am inspired to take my family to visit the Chihiro Art Museum which sounds completely lovely. I learned that this museum was a huge inspiration behind The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in MA which also looks like a must-see. Wow, what could be more fun than Picture Book Ballet?! Thank you!” :0)
Thank you, Jamie! :)
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