You Stole My Thunder: Title Twins
I realized the other day that there are two picture books titled Otis. Janie Bynumâ€™s version about a pig that likes to stay clean was published in 2000, while Loren Longâ€™s Otis hit shelves in 2009. Both received positive reviews.
It made me wonder -Â do authors take pre-existing titles into consideration when making their choice? Are authors ever upset when their title thunder is stolen?
I began to search for other title twins. Hereâ€™s what I came up with.
Melonhead by Katy Kelly.
Melonhead by Michael de Guzman.
First Dog by Jan Brett.
The First Dog by J. Patrick Lewis.
Footprints in the Snow by Cynthia Benjamin.
Footprints in the Snow by Mei Matsuoka.
Splish, Splash! by Sarah Weeks.
Splish Splash by Joan Bransfield Graham.
The Umbrella by Taro Yashima.
Umbrella by Jan Brett.
Snow Day! by Barbara Joose.
Snow Day! by Lester L. Laminack.
The Snow Day by Komako Sakai.
Dog Days by David Lubar.
Dog Days by Jeff Kinney.
Oops! by Alan Katz
Oops by Arthur Geisert
Oops! by Jean-Luc Fromental.
Oops! by David Shannon.
Oops! by Colin McNaughton.
Something Special by David McPhail.
Something Special by Terri Cohlene.
Long Shot by Mike Lupica.
Long Shot by Eric Walters.
Safe at Home by Mike Lupica.
Safe at Home by Sharon Robinson.
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.
Lost and Found by Andrew Clements.
In a related note, thunder can also be stolen by movie titles. Case in point:
Up by Jim LaMarche.
Up by Pixar.
Any that I missed?
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Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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