A fine afternoon to you all – as you can probably guess from the title of this post, it’s time for one of my random occasional jaunts into meme territory, namely the ever-popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the Broke and The Bookish! This week’s topic is…..
BOOKS THAT I WISH HAD A SEQUEL
While most of these books are for the very young (or young at heart), I believe that they could all have done with a nicely marketed follow-up title. I have given my suggestions (and in some cases, possible
synopsises synopsi plot descriptions), but please feel free to add your own if any better ideas spring to mind.
1. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss
This seems to be a perennial favourite on my TTT lists…I would like to see a sequel to this one that honours the parents and caregivers who read this one over and over to their offspring, titled….
Oh, the Places I’LL Go Once You Kids Have Moved Out
2. Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn
This was a great little read, but I would like to see a sequel that is in keeping with the aftermath of most of my journeys on public transport, titled….
Mrs Queen Takes Two Aspirin and Has A Good Lie Down
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary-Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
This one, despite being a firm favourite of mine, is unlikely ever to get a sequel given that the author has since passed on, but I would like to see something to bring the story into the new millenium, titled….
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’s Organic Vegan Cookbook (for iPad)
4. Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
A childhood favourite that I discovered (and loved!) as a grown-up. Once again, in deference to the experience of parents everywhere, I would love to see a range of increasingly short and frustrating sequels to this one titled….
Mr Tom, Can You Read Me A Story?
Mr Tom, Can I Have A Glass of Water?
Mr Tom, I Need to Go to the Toilet…
and finishing up with Mr Tom Needs A Good Stiff Drink
5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
A bestseller if ever there was one, and I would love to see intrepid Christopher Boone turn his detective wiles to a sequel for the feline fanciers amongst us, titled….
The Puzzling Occurence of Cat Sick in My Slipper
6. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
I would love to see this classic of silliness and punnery followed up by something a bit more sensible and dour, titled….
The Ph-inancially Viable Tollbooth: A No-Nonsense Guide to Beating Rising Travel Costs
7. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Once again, I’d love to see this children’s classic tackle some of the problems that more modern children (and their imaginary friends) may be facing, in a sequel titled….
Where the Wild Things Were: Children’s Excessive Screen Time and the Demise of the Mythical Creature
8. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
The oft-told tale of the small child and his creative spirit….I would be hoping for a sequel in a sort of “Where is he now?” type of vein, titled…
Harold and the Neutral Paintbrush.…being a memoir of a young graffiti offender’s participation in community beautification programs
9. Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek
For this fun and frolicky tale, I’d love to see the sequel that charts the farmer’s instant emotional reaction on discovering that s/he is missing a sheep, titled….
Who Left the Bloody Gate Open?
10. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
I don’t have a suggested title for this one, but if it doesn’t have a sequel it’s just a case of false advertising really.
So that’s my two bob’s worth – feel free to chime in with your own suggested titles – I’d love to hear from you!
Oh look, here’s a large enticing button…
Until next time, my friends!