Fascinating trivia about classic children’s books and their authors
Hans Christian Andersen once stayed at Dickens’s house for five weeks; when he eventually left, Dickens wrote on the mirror in the guestroom: ‘Hans Andersen slept in this room for five weeks — which seemed to the family AGES!’
Contrary to popular belief, the girls’ name Wendy existed before J. M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan.
In 2006, the writer of the Babar the Elephant books released a book called Babar’s Yoga for Elephants. It has sold 100,000 copies.
Anna Sewell’s novel Black Beautyis described on its title-page as ‘translated from the equine’.
The author of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins, was one of the writers on the 1990s children’s TV show Clarissa Explains It All.
When J. R. R. Tolkien’s son enlisted in the army, he described his writer father’s occupation as ‘wizard’.
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