5 Delightful Book Dedications
To my wife, Melinda. To my husband, Simon. To my children. To my reading group, Peter, Paul and Merry; I couldn’t have done it without you. Etc. Etc. Etc.
Book dedications like these must mean a lot to the people mentioned but don’t stand out for the reader. Don’t you love the witty ones, the ones that make you think or smile or just stop and go hmmm…
Here are five entertaining and intriguing dedications, all from children or young adult writers.
From Holly Black in The Spiderwick Chronicles: For my grandmother, Melvina, who said I should write a book just like this one and to whom I replied that I never would.
From Maureen Johnson in 13 Little Blue Envelopes: For Kate Schafer, the greatest traveling companion in the world, and a woman who is not afraid to admit that she occasionally can’t remember where she lives.
From Wendelin Van Draanen in Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy: To the woman who knocked on my door looking for a jacket and walked away with one and a piece of my heart.
From Lynne Jonell in Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls: To my dear brother Doug. In fond memory of the infamous horseradish jelly-doughnut incident and with many thanks for making my childhood interesting.
…and I’ve saved the best for last…
From Karen Rivers in The Quirky Girls’ Guide to Rest Stops and Road Trips: I’d like to dedicate this book to every actor who thinks she would make a great Haley, and every producer who thinks this book would make a great movie, and all the directors who think they could turn it into a smash hit film. Thank you, in advance. And to you, for reading it. Thanks!
I enter a book slowly, reading even the publisher’s page before moving on. A humorous or touching dedication is a wonderful way to begin to read. Thanks, authors.