While compiling these listings we kept an eye open for books we deemed worthy of a lighthearted nod. In the spirit of fun, we announce the following winners:
Title Most Likely to Make Middle-Grade Boys Guffaw and Parents Groan (tie):Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger by Kevin Bolger (Penguin/Razorbill) and Fartiste by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer, illus. by Boris Kulikov (S&S).
Best Match Between Book Title and Author Name (tie):Lighthouses for Kids by Katherine L. House (Chicago Review Press); Baby Jesus and Noah's Ark by Caroline Jayne Church (Lion Hudson); and two new Sleepover Squad novels by P.J. Denton (Aladdin).
Book Plot Most Likely to Keep Readers' Eyes Glued to the Sky:The Attack of the Frozen Woodchucks by Dan Elish, in which three kids save the world after woodchucks from outer space attack Manhattan (HarperCollins/Geringer).
Book Most Likely to Result in Broken Windows:Stomp Rockets, Catapults, and Kaleidoscopes: 30+ Amazing Science Projects You Can Build for Less Than $1 by Curt Gabrielson (Chicago Review Press).
Novel Boasting the Most Out-There Plot:Baxter Moon Galactic Scout by John Zakour, in which “15-year-old Baxter and his somewhat peculiar crew set forth on a space mission to rescue a blue-haired princess and her subjects, whose ship has been captured by an alien force intent on entertaining them to death” (Brown Barn Books).
Title That Sheds the Brightest New Light on a Familiar Tale:Mary Had a Little Lamp by Jack Lechner, illus. by Bob Staake (Bloomsbury).
Titles Most Likely to Raise Suspicions That the “King” Might Be Hiding Out at Random House:All Shook Up by Shelley Pearsall (Knopf) and Love Me Tender by Audrey Couloumbis (Random House).
Picture Book Least Likely to Appeal to Picky Eaters:Mouse Noses on Toast by Daren King, illus. by David Roberts (Putnam).