Thursday, May 5, 2011
Possibly the Best Title Ever
Credit to Anita for asking the question.
My response to that question was too long for the comments, and I haven't blogged anything except that self-congratulatory thing about my mad Twitter skillz in something resembling forever, so here you go.
The best title for a kids book has got to be:
How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy
1. You know what the book is about, which is a good thing.
2. The name Lamar leads one to believe that the main character is black, and, let's face it, this is still fairly unique in the kidlit arena. Unique is interesting.
3. Pranks are always fun to read about.
4. Questions: What exactly is a "bad prank" and how in the world does performing such a thing garner a trophy?
5. The use of the term "bubba-sized" is a good indication of the kind of voice we're going to be exposed to in the novel and it's a voice I'd like to hang out with for a while.
6. We know the ending (or at least, we can assume the ending has to do with winning the trophy) and now the reason to read is to find out how this seemingly inexplicable thing happens. This is one of my favorite story structures. TV shows use it all the time: The victim is seen lying on top of a high-rise in a pool of blood and then the story starts some time earlier and we watch to find out how such a thing happened. Love it.
7. There also seems to be a story of redemption buried in the title. A kid who performs "bad pranks" does not typically win anything, unless withering glares can be counted as winning. My guess: Lamar is a lovable troublemaker who finally comes out on top. And who doesn't love it when that happens?
Anyway, I haven't read it yet, but I will, just because of the title.