August 8, 2008

THE FIVE: Bang-Me-Up-Laughing Book Names

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Heading to a meeting in the elevator, Carly H. and I were discussing funny names in books for this week’s blog. She said, “Once a character’s name is known, it’s not as funny as when you first read it. It’s just his or her name.”

I thought that to be completely true. So here are five of my faves:

5. Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Ring (“my precious” as he obsessively calls it) has prolonged this hobbit’s life, and at age 111 he still looks like he’s 50.

4. Thimbletack  from The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
He is the the Spiderwick Estate’s brownie.

3. Stanley Yelnats IV from Holes by Louis Sachar
Stanley’s full name is a palindrome, which means it is spelled the same way backwards as forwards.

2. Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
He falls into the chocolate river and is squeezed into a pipe.

1. Mulch Diggums from Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
He is a kleptomaniacal dwarf with explosive flatulence. Pee-yoo.

What are your top FIVE faves? Or even your tip top ONE?