Friday, 30 May 2014

The Rather Perplexing Picture Book Quiz, by Malachy Doyle



I’ve been rootling through my picture book collection and come up with twenty seven questions to provoke and perplex you.  Some are easy; some are, hopefully, stinkers.  A prize for whoever gets the most right.  (The prize is me saying WELL DONE YOU!)

Put your answers in the comments section and I shall reply with how many are correct.  I won’t say which ones, or that’ll make it too easy for the people coming after.  But as the number rises, feel free to keep trying till we get as close to twenty seven as possible.  Have fun!


1.Who am I, and what are my two grannies called?
















2. Name Fungus the Bogeyman’s wife and son.

3. Who did the Tiger come to have tea with?

4. Who's this handsome man?













5. What’s hidden in each picture of Masquerade?

6. What two colours does Wally always wear?

7. And who do we have here?












8. What's the sweetshop called in The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me?

9. Where did Yertle the Turtle live?

10. Name Olivia’s little brother, who's always copying her.

11. Who's this Little White Rabbit with Wings?













12. Who does Handa go to visit?

13. What is the Paper Bag Princess's real name?

14. What did someone dream up to stop cavemen looking rude?

15. Who falls through the dark and into the light of the night kitchen? 

















16. By what name is Prince Amir of Kinjan better known?

17. How did Rabbit save a little bit of winter for Hedgehog?

18. Name Orlando's three kittens.

19. How did Bella get Dogger back?












20. In what village did The Little Train and The Little Fire Engine live?

21. What did Big Mamma say when she made the world?

22. Name Captain Slaughterboard’s pirate ship?

23. Who is this car?  And what's its more formal name?













24. Green Frog, Green Frog, what do you see?

25. What should you not do if you want to walk in peace on a Summery Saturday Morning?

26. How does Big Bear eventually get Little Bear to sleep?

27. and finally... what are the only two words other than HUG?

45 comments:

Lucy said...

Granny Island and Granny mainland, Sophie, Asterix, red and white stripes, Obelix, Babar, Ian, Mickey, swapped for giant teddy, purple cat, bobo, mummy! Oh dear, only eleven, I thought I'd do better.

malachy doyle said...

WELL DONE YOU, LUCY! (as you are currently in the lead)
But I can only give you seven and two thirds, I'm afraid. I need three names for question one and there's only one Asterix character...
I'm a hard taskmaster!

Burgess Blog said...

1. Katie Morag, Granny Island, Granny Mainland 2. Mildew and Mould 3. Sophie 4. Asterix the Gaul 5. ? 6. Red and white 7. Mrs Large 8. The Grubber 9. ? 10. Ian 11. ? 12. ? 13. Princess Elizabeth 14.? 15.? 16. What-A-Mess 17.

Burgess Blog said...

Can I come back to this later?

malachy doyle said...

Absolutely, Pauline. And WELL DONE YOU!, for you're streaking ahead with eight points.

malachy doyle said...

Don't feel bad if you don't know too many of these. My Liz only got four and a half - and she's spent nearly forty years with me and my books!

Marie-Louise said...

WAY too difficult for me, Malachy. I'm useless at remembering character's names - I even forget my own sometimes. (Character's names that is, not mine.) The one thing I do know is that that isn't Obelix or Asterix (4), it's the head of the village. Whose name I have...forgottten! Maybe that will help someone else.

malachy doyle said...

You might be on to something there, Marie-Louise. I'll give you one point for effort.

Anonymous said...

four and a third!I'm proud of the third for naming a kitten who came into existence well before even I was born!

Paeony Lewis said...

I'd have to look up 90% of the answers because I have an appalling memory. This is the first time I've seen Pookie - oh, he's so adorable! Your intriguing (and frustrating!) quiz is worth it for this alone.

malachy doyle said...

Thanks Paeony. You get one point, too!

Jon Burgess Design said...

Some are familiar but I can't remember the names! yes, the asterix one is the head of the village, but my old asterix books are in my son's room and he is still asleep. . .
is the car in 23 'Gumdrop'?
God, I'm rubbish at this! ;-)

malachy doyle said...

And another one pointer... Actually half a point, as I want his formal name too. Oh, it's fun being strict!

Liz Weir said...

I reckon I got 13 but that is bad for me - I am getting rusty! Time was when I was buying books for libraries in Belfast I would have got nearly all of them.....back to work now!

Dianne Hofmeyr said...

Oh this hard! Hard! Hard! Saving it to do this evening. Thanks for a lovely idea Malachy

malachy doyle said...

You'd be well in the lead, Liz. Go on - give us your answers...

Lucy Mitchell said...

Katie Morag! And I think thats Celeste - not Babar? Don't know the Asterix without checking, oh well. Great quiz!

Michelle Robinson said...

This is ace!

malachy doyle said...

Thanks Michelle - you gonna give it a go?

And good luck, Dianne!

Burgess Blog said...

Streaking?? My word. I've never done that before :-)

malachy doyle said...

That gets you up to 9, Lucy. You're back in the lead!

malachy doyle said...

Come on, Pauline. Lucy's galloping on ahead of you.

Liz Weir said...

Supposed to be writing here at Annaghmakerrig but here goes...Katy Morag/Granny Island/Grandma Mainland, Mildew/Mould,Sophie, Obelix, Hare,Red/white,Babar,Akeyo, Mickey ,What-a-mess, Swapped her big teddy, Gumpdrop/vintage Austin car, showed the moon

Must get writing now...

malachy doyle said...

WELL DONE LIZ! You're in the lead with 10 and a half. Two wrong answers in there, and you need to be more specific on Gumdrop's formal name. Now get back to your writing, girl! (Oh I do love Annaghmakerrig. Haven't been there for years.)

malachy doyle said...

No, Liz has just overtaken you!

Burgess Blog said...

20. America? 21. That's very good. 22. The Black Tiger 26. Big Bear shows Little Bear the moon.

malachy doyle said...

Back in the lead! 11 points!

(phew, this is nearly as exciting as what goes on at Pony Palace Camp!)

malachy doyle said...

In case you care (and can't make head nor tail of all the jumping about between comments) Pauline, at Burgess Blog, is currently in the lead with 11 points. WELL DONE HER!

malachy doyle said...

Only seven and a half questions left that nobody's got. Come on there picture book people, you can do it...

Burgess Blog said...

:-)

Marie-Louise said...

:)

Maeve Friel said...

1. Katie Morag, Granny Island, Granny Mainland. 2. Mildew and Mould
3. Sophie 4. Vitalstatistix 6. Red and White 7. Celeste 15. Mickey 16. What-a-Mess 19. swapped for bigger teddy 26. They look at the moon.

Maeve Friel said...

12. Is " her friend" good enough (from the story where all the animals steal her fruit from the basket on her head)?

malachy doyle said...

Ten right, Maeve. No, we need the name of Handa's friend, I'm afraid. But you're only one off the lead.

Lucy Mitchell said...

vitalstatistix, second place?

malachy doyle said...

It gets you to ten, Lucy - but Pauline's on 11 and Liz is on 10 and a half, so you're still in third, I'm afraid. Equal third, in fact, with Maeve.
Oooh, the thrill of it all.

Maeve Friel said...

Shucks. Can I have a point though, even a pointlet, for knowing that Mervyn Peake wrote Captain Slaughterboard - but I haven´t read it?

malachy doyle said...

Pointlet, then. But nobody else is getting one.

malachy doyle said...

Nearly there. The ones nobody's got yet are numbers 9, 14, 17, 18, 20, 25 and the harder part of 23. Does nobody know Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss? Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell's A Little Bit of Winter? And that lovely Margaret Mahy book, A Summery Saturday Morning?

catdownunder said...

Yertle lives on the Island of Sala-ma-Sond

Anonymous said...

a summery Saturday morning was always one of my favourites, I'll always remember seeing and hearing Margaret Many read it, wearing her signature hat and with huge enthusiasm, one of the very best!

malachy doyle said...

Yaay!

malachy doyle said...

Me too, at the CBI conference in Dublin. Wonderful woman. Sadly missed.

Anonymous said...

Don't let your dogs upset the geese!!!!! The only one I know for sure!

malachy doyle said...

Yes! That leaves only four and a half to go. Here are some clues:

14: One of the bestselling picture books of the past few years (in Britain, anyway).
17: A Little Bit of Winter, by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.
18: Orlando the Marmalade Cat's three kittens (B, P and T).
20: Get to the heart of the matter to find the author (but don't drop off trying to find the village).
23: Gumdrop's proper name. Liz was very nearly there with 'Vintage Austin car.'