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Thursday, April 9, 2009

The "Booksale" Addict: Catchy Book Titles (1)

A bibliophile and bookworm (translation: a bore -- well, I'm speaking of myself anway... chortle, chortle) will find the Booksale outlet at SM Baguio a cozy nook. Its supplies get replenished twice a week, and its staff are friendly.  What makes a place like this a stress-buster is the thrill one feels upon discovering a sought-after book sold at bargain price, and the amusement one gets upon seeing a catchy book title.

Let me share with you my compilation of these amusing one-liners most of which are a play on the titles of  other literary or artistic works. For starters, let's have  Chris Riddell's The Da Vinci Cod & Other Illustrations for Unwritten Books (Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2005). Among the allusive 58 "Unwritten Book" titles in this creative work, the following are my favorites:the-da-vinci-cod

To Grill a Mockingbird

The Wizard of Odd

The Importance of Being Earless

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe Assistant

The Catcher in the Fly

The Red Badger of Courage

The Apes of Wrath

The Screwtape Lettuce

Large Dorrit

Saddam Bede

Wuthering Tights

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Umpire

The Accidental Tortoise

Of course, to fully appreciate Riddell's humor you have to see the cartoons corresponding to each title. This means you have to either buy your own copy, borrow a copy, or, as we are wont to do in da Pelepens, photocopy it. :)

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