Picture Book Puzzler: Nom de Plume

April 25th, 2011 by Eliza Eliza

These famous authors all have something in common. They all use pseudonyms on their books! This could be done for many different reasons. Some authors want to keep books written in different genres separate while others might want to preserve their anonymity.¬† Some might use one pen name to unify books actually written by multiple ghostwriters while others maybe…just use a pseudonym to be funny or mysterious. Some of these pen names are well known, while others might surprise you. I’ve included an image of a popular children’s or young adult book by each author which includes their pen name on the cover. Can you match their real name from the given list below? What other children’s authors do you know use pen names?

1. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

2. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

4. A Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

5. The Disreputable History of Franke Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

6. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

7. The Adventures of Tintin:The Shooting Star by Hergé

8. The Name of This Book is a Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

9. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

10. The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

a. Charles Dodgson
b. Daniel Handler
c. Samuel Clemens
d. Emily Jenkins
e. Raphael Simon
f. Edward Irving Wortis
g. Mildred Wirt Benson
h. George Thompson
i. Georges Remi
j. Theodor Geisel

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One Response to “Picture Book Puzzler: Nom de Plume”

  1. Eliza says:

    1. Edward Irving Wortis = Avi
    2. Theodor Geisel = Dr. Seuss
    3. Charles Dodgson = Lewis Carroll
    4. George Thompson = George Selden
    5. Emily Jenkins = E. Lockhart
    6. Daniel Handler = Lemony Snicket
    7. Georges Remi = Herge
    8. Raphael Simon = Pseudonymous Bosch
    9. Samuel Clemens = Mark Twain
    10. Mildred Wirt Benson (first of many ghostwriters for the Nancy Drew series) = Carolyn Keene

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