Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Which Books From 2012 Would You Take With You to a Deserted Island?

Tuesdays with Morzant:
Morzant Poses a Hypothetical Question
to His Friends. Yet again.
 
MORZANT: Zulko, humans. Once again I’ve gathered my friends altogether in my lab to conduct what has become an annual exercise in hypothetical consideration. It’s my hope that this year they’ll adhere to the constraints of the question I pose to them and choose one and only one book published in 2012 to take with them on a hypothetical journey to a deserted island. In previous years, they were less than cooperative. If you need your memory refreshed, you can click here for 2010’s demonstration of obstinance and here for 2011’s demonstration of obstinance.
 
Bigfoot has assured me that this year my friends will be more cooperative. Isn’t that right, Bigfoot?
 
BIGFOOT: Yep. That’s right. Hypothetically.
 
MORZANT: What do you mean hypothetically?
 
BIGFOOT: I imagine we’ll consider your imagined scenario and give you an answer that fits your question. But in actuality, who can say?
 
[Briar the Psychic Beagle exits covertly.]
 
MORZANT: I understand. Theory often takes a backseat to reality once an experiment begins. I suppose I’ll just have to ask the question and hope for the best. Here I go…
 
Friends, which one book from 2012 would you take with you to a deserted island?
 
BIGFOOT: I’ll go first. The two books I’d take—
 
MORZANT: Two books?
 
BIGFOOT: Huh. How about that? The hypothetical scenario where we answer your hypothetical question the way you want didn’t play out.
 
MORZANT: As I feared. Do what you must. However, unlike last year, I won’t allow myself to be affected by your negative influences. I will select only one book. And I assume my faithful lab assistant, Mortimer, will follow suit.
 
BEVERLY: So will I.
 
MORZANT: Really? Thank you. I appreciate that somebody else cares to maintain the integrity of this exercise.
 
BEVERLY: I just want to get it over with.
 
VIOLET: Please don’t be angry with the us, Morzant. There were lots and lots and lots of really good books to read this year and I would want to take all of them with me to Dessert Island.
 
LENNY: Not Dessert Island, a deserted island. But can we pick a dessert to bring along, too?
 
OLIVER: I like to eat vanilla pudding while I read.
 
NORMAN: I’m going to bring snickerdoodles.
 
PENNY: Ooo! Good idea! I’ll bring fudge. No, chocolate chip cookies! Oh, this is too hard! Do we have to choose just one dessert?
 
BIGFOOT: Hypothetically, yes.
 
I’m bringing glazed donuts, brownies, and peach cobbler.
 
MORZANT: I give up. I’ll bring Rice Krispies Treats.
 
 
The cryptids would bring the following books published in 2012 with them to a deserted island:
 
 
The books BIGFOOT would re-read while eating glazed donuts, brownies, and peach cobbler:
 
MR. AND MRS. BUNNY—
DETECTIVES EXTRAORDINAIRE!
by Polly Horvath,
with illustrations by Sophie Blackall
[MIDDLE GRADE]
Schwartz & Wade-Random House
 
THE SECRET OF THE FORTUNE WOOKIEE
by Tom Angleberger
[MIDDLE GRADE—THIRD IN
THE ORIGAMI YODA SERIES]
Amulet-Abrams
 
 
The one book MORZANT would re-read in between conducting experiments regarding the tensile properties of Rice Krispies Treats:
 
THE PUZZLER’S MANSION
by Eric Berlin
[MIDDLE GRADE—THIRD IN THE
PUZZLING WORLD OF
WINSTON BREEN SERIES]
Putnam-Penguin
 
 
The one book MORTIMER would re-read while eating lemon meringue pie:
 
GUINEA PIG, PET SHOP PRIVATE EYE #5:
RAINING CATS AND DETECTIVES
by Colleen AF Venable,
illustrated by Stephanie Yue
[MIDDLE GRADE—GRAPHIC NOVEL]
Graphic Universe-Lerner
 
 
The books PENNY would re-read while eating chocolate chip cookies or fudge or red velvet cake:
 
BREAK MY HEART 1,000 TIMES
by Daniel Waters
[YOUNG ADULT]
Hyperion-Disney
 
RIPPER
by Stefan Petrucha
[YOUNG ADULT]
Philomel-Penguin
 
 
The books NORMAN would re-read while eating snickerdoodles:
 
MICHAEL TOWNSEND’S WHERE DO
PRESIDENTS COME FROM?:
AND OTHER PRESIDENTIAL STUFF
OF SUPER GREAT IMPORTANCE
by Michael Townsend
[MIDDLE GRADE—GRAPHIC NOVEL]
Dial-Penguin
 
MONSTERS ON THE MARCH
by Derek the Ghost,
illustrated by Scott M. Fischer
[MIDDLE GRADE—SECOND IN
THE SCARY SCHOOL SERIES]
HarperCollins
 
 
The one book BEVERLY would re-read while eating strawberry ice cream:
 
THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN
by Katherine Applegate
with illustrations by Patricia Castelao
[MIDDLE GRADE]
Harper-HarperCollins
 
 
The books OLIVER would re-read while eating vanilla pudding:
 
EXTRA YARN
by Mac Barnett,
illustrated by Jon Klassen
[PICTURE BOOK]
Balzer & Bray-HarperCollins
 
GOODNIGHT, DRAGONS
by Judith Roth,
illustrated Pascal Lemaitre
[PICTURE BOOK]
Hyperion-Disney
 
HOMER
by Elisha Cooper
[PICTURE BOOK]
Greenwillow-HarperCollins
 
LITTLE DOG LOST:
THE TRUE STORY OF A
BRAVE DOG NAMED BALTIC
by Mônica Carnesi
[PICTURE BOOK]
Nancy Paulsen-Penguin
 
ONE TWO THAT’S MY SHOE!
by Alison Murray
[PICTURE BOOK]
Hyperion-Disney
 
 
The books LENNY would re-read while eating apple pie:
 
BOY AND BOT
by Ame Dyckman,
illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
[PICTURE BOOK]
Knopf-Random
 
CHLOE AND THE LION
by Mac Barnett,
with illustrations and sculptures by Adam Rex
[PICTURE BOOK]
Hyperion-Disney
 
CREEPY CARROTS!
by Aaron Reynolds,
illustrated by Peter Brown
[PICTURE BOOK]
Simon & Schuster
 
DOG LOVES DRAWING
by Louise Yates
[PICTURE BOOK]
Knopf-Random House
 
FROG AND FLY:
SIX SLURPY STORIES
by Jeff Mack
[PICTURE BOOK]
Philomel-Penguin
 
ONE COOL FRIEND
by Toni Buzzeo,
illustrated by David Small
[PICTURE BOOK]
Dial-Penguin
 
 
The books VIOLET would re-read while eating sugar cookies shaped like alligators:
 
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE DINOSAURS
by Mo Willems
[PICTURE BOOK]
Balzer & Bray-HarperCollins
 
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS
by Jeff Mack
[PICTURE BOOK]
Chronicle
 
I’M BORED
by Michael Ian Black,
illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
[PICTURE BOOK]
Simon & Schuster
 
ROCKET WRITES A STORY
by Tad Hills
[PICTURE BOOK]
Schwartz & Wade-Random House
 
SURYIA SWIMS: THE TRUE
STORY OF HOW AN ORANGUTAN
LEARNED TO SWIM
by Bhagavan “Doc” Antle and Thea Feldman,
photographs by Barry Bland
[PICTURE BOOK]
Henry Holt
 
VAMPIRINA BALLERINA
by Anne Marie Pace,
illustrated by LeUyen Pham
[PICTURE BOOK]
Hyperion-Disney
 
Z IS FOR MOOSE
by Kelly Bingham,
illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
[PICTURE BOOK]
Greenwillow-HarperCollins

5 comments:

Megan Neal said...

Are we all going to be on the island together? Pool our books and dessert? 'Cause I have to say "Yum" to all your choices.
If we're going strictly by books written in 2012, I'd personally have to go with Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (YA). Choosing one dessert is hard, but I think I'd go with meringues or regular glazed Krispy Kreme donuts.
My daughter Olivia (she's nine) would go with I, Galileo by Bonnie Christensen (picture book) and How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg and Kevin O'Malley. She would take Ben & Jerry's Half Baked ice cream.
My daughter Karina (she's 8) would go with Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke and Lulu Walks the Dog by Judith Viorst; illus. by Lane Smith. Her dessert would be Nerds (the candy).
Susanna, my youngest, would take Mossy by Jan Brett, Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds; ills. by Peter Brown, and stubbornly insists on Press Here by Herve Tullet, even though it was published in 2011 and she's already heard it umpteen million times. She says she wants chocolate chip ice cream on her deserted island.

Kelly Bingham said...

I'm so honored to be part of this list! Thank you!

I would bring all these books plus a few dozen molasses cookies!

Kelly Bingham

Mônica said...

What wonderful news, yay!!

Thank you so much for including LITTLE DOG LOST in this awesome list! Can I join you all on the deserted island? I'll bring vanilla pudding AND fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.
:-)

Mônica

Debbie Ridpath Ohi said...

I'm honored that you'd take I'M BORED to the desert island with you! I'm especially intrigued by the alligator-shaped sugar cookies...

judithlroth said...

So delighted to see GOODNIGHT, DRAGONS on this list. I'll add sprinkles to Oliver's vanilla pudding!