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Classics of Children's Literature
Test your knowledge of some classics of children's literature

The creator of what fictional agent of anarchy would have been 100 this month (March 2004)?

The Cat in the Hat

Veruca Salt

Mary Poppins

In the classic tale of friendship by E.B. White, which of the following is not something Charlotte the spider wove into her web above Wilbur the pig?
Some Pig




Milo, the Watchdog Tock and the Humbug are on a quest to return who and what to the Lands Beyond in THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH?
Sparkly shoes once worn by a witch

A Golden Goblet

Rhyme and Reason

The Princess Bride

Who leads Mary Lennox to the key to the garden in Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic, THE SECRET GARDEN?
A benevolent ghost


A map in the library of Misselthwaite Manor"

The Robin

What classic girl's series was rewritten in the 1950s to make the heroine less plucky?

Nancy Drew

The Babysitters Club

The Bobbsey Twins

Thousands of Japanese fans visit Prince Edward Island each year to pay homage to which children's book heroine?
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Caddie Woodlawn

Anne Shirley

Jo March

Which writer introduced many young readers to concepts like hyperspace and mitochondrial DNA?
C.S. Lewis

Philip Pullman

Ursula K. LeGuin

Madeline L'Engle

Where does the original Winnie the Pooh, presented to Christopher Robin Milne for his birthday in 1921, currently reside?
The New York Public Library

The British Library

The Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood

Hartfield, Sussex

In what kind of well did the young girls in the Dormouse's tale in ALICE IN WONDERLAND live?
A Wishing Well

A Tea and Milk Well

A Treacle Well

An Ink Well

What children's book character appeared on the French franc until the advent of the Euro?
Herge's Tintin

Charles Perrault's Cinderella

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince

Laurent De Brunhoff's Babar

What substance makes the peach grow in James and the Giant Peach?

Magic Crocodile Tongues

Pixie Dust

Turkish Delight

Which Maurice Sendak character had the motto "I don't care"?




Additional sources and further information: REDISCOVERING NANCY DREW, edited by Carolyn Stewart Dyer and Nancy Tillman Romalov; THE GUARDIAN, "Little Prince returns to earth," January 19, 2004; Between the Lions

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