issue 33: november - december 2002 



Children’s Literature - a vast area to cover, so for help you will need to draw on your own memories, or those of parents and grandparents, or ask the wicked witch deep in the woods, but remember to refuse the apple. Failing that ask some stereotypical preteens and their dogs, but better still, ask dear old Uncle Google. Don’t rush, you have until January 6, 2003 (Kings Day, when children receive their presents in Spain) to find the answers and possibly pick up the prize of 30 euros to spend at Amazon. In case of a tie, a name will be drawn.


1. In 1744 John Newbery opened the first major press and bookstore specifically for children’s books. It was called . . .
a. The Bonnet and Cap

b. The Bible and Sun
c. The Youngman’s Press
d. The Sun and Moon

2. Twenty years later the above published what is generally considered to be the first novel written for children. The name of the book is...
a. The Little Lame Prince
b. Little Pretty Pocket Book
c. The Little Deed
d. Little Goody Two Shoeswinnie

3. On its release, this British book was roundly pounded. The Illustrated Times stated it was "too extravagantly absurd to produce more diversion than disappointment and irritation." And The Athenaeum called it a "stiff, overwrought story." Luckily, its illustrator pulled in a positive note or two, so much so that the Times hardly mentioned the text in their review. Now a classic, what is the book?
a. The Water Babies
b. Little Lord Fauntleroy
c. Alice in Wonderland
d. Wind in the Willows

4. A clue in the introduction: "However humorous it may be in effect, its intention is perfectly serious . . . My purpose has been to preserve the legends themselves in their original simplicity, and to wed them permanently to the quaint dialect ..."
a. Uncle Tom’s Cabin
b. Uncle Lubin
c. Uncle Remus
d. Uncle Oojah

5. Katawampus, its Treatment and Cure (1895), by Edward Abbott Parry. What is "Katawampus"?
a. The disease of crying for what you cannot obtain
b. The disease of developing a protruding lower lip from continuous sulking
c. The disease of crying from losing or breaking a favorite toy
d. The disease of sleeplessness before a major event – birthdays, Christmas, holidays, etc

6. Which 1912 book consists of a prologue and seventy-six letters from a girl to her unknown benefactor and was later made into the film Curly Tops?
a. Pippi Longstocking
b. My Sugar Daddy
c. Jerusha Long’s Secret Daddy
d. Daddy-Long-Legs

7. It’s not just recently that children’s literature has received major awards. This won the Pulitzer some 70 years ago . . .
a. The Colt
b. The Signet
c. The Yearling
d. The Foal

8. Who lives by himself in a forest, under the name of Mr. Sanders?

9. The Belgian creator, who went by the pseudonym of Hergé, developed which internationally famous cartoon book character?

10. Who are Freddie, Flossie, Nan and Bert?
a. The Famous Five (minus the dog)
b. The Famous Four
c. The Bash Street Kids
d. The Bobbsey Twins

11. Teen sons of the celebrated American detective Fenton Hardy . . .
a. Chet and Biff
b. Tony and Phil
c. Frank and Joe
d. Jerry and Dick

12. Teen sleuths Trixie Belden, Honey Wheeler and the gang form a secret club. They call themselves . . .
a. Bobcats of Crabapple Hollow
b. Bluebirds of Sleepyside Meadow
c. Bob-Whites of the Glen
d. Cougars of Woodland Forest

13. Another teenage female sleuth. Hometown: River Heights. Age: 18, and has been for the last 70-odd years.
a. Vicki Barr
b. Cherry Ames
c. Nancy Drew
d. Beverly Gray

14. He used to be a Hobbit named Smeagol, but became more and more mental, was banished, and ended up a slimy creature living in a cave. Who is he?

15. Written by 16-year-old S.E. Hinton, this short novel, about 14-year-old Ponyboy, an orphan who mixes with a bad crowd, was a big hit with young teens in the late 60s and 70s . . .
a. The Pigman
b. Ride with Me
c. The Outsiders
d. My Town, My Time

16. In this award-winning classic by Roald Dahl, a 7-year-old learns how to identify real-life . . .
a. ghosts
b. witches
bobbsey twins c. fairies
d. aliens

17. Dick King-Smith had a hit with his book about an orphan pig who thinks he’s a sheepdog. What is the name of the old sheepdog who teaches him the ropes?
a. Kip
b. Bing
c. Fly
d. Marilyn

18. There are seven hundred possible ways to commit a foul in __________, all of which occurred in a World Cup match held in 1473. What is the game?
a. Flamingo croquet.
b. Ramputin Rittle Sticks
c. Quidditch
d. Fungus the Bogeyman’s Pig Sticking

19. In the U.K. the 2002 Whitbread Book of the Year went to a children’s author for the first time in its 31-year history. Name the author and the book.

20. In the recently released novel Summerland by Michael Chabon (2002), 11-year-old Ethan Feld is summoned for a great adventure from a . . .
a. soccer field
b. rugby pitch
c. Little League field
d. basketball court

© 2002 The Barcelona review

This quiz may not be archived, reproduced or distributed further without  TBR's express permission. Please see our conditions of use.


 tbr 33           november - december  2002

Short Fiction

Adam Johnson:Trauma Plate
Pedro de Jesús:The Letter
Steve Aylett: Never Talk to Strangers
pick from back issues
Deirdre Heddon:Still Life
Mark Anthony Jarman:Cougar


Children's Literature
Raymond Carver
- Answers

Book Reviews Bharati Mukherjee, Joel Lane x2

Regular Features

Book Reviews (all issues)
TBR Archives (authors listed alphabetically)

Home | Submission info | Spanish | Catalan | French | Audio | e-m@il www.BarcelonaReview.com