M Puzzle: Cover Story

by Deborah Kaplan and Rebecca Rabinowitz

The pictures are all illustrations of children's books that have won Caldecott or Newbery Medals or Honors. (That's four possibilities, in case it's unclear.) The pictures are:

  1. Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow / Maurice Sendak
  2. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
  3. The Fledgling by Jane Langton
  4. Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  5. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  6. Holes by Louis Sachar
  7. Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs / Paul O. Zelinsky
  8. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
  9. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
  10. Black and White by David Macaulay
  11. A Visit to William Blake's Inn by Nancy Willard / Alice & Martin Provensen
  12. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
  13. The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka / Lane Smith
  14. Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  15. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
  16. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
  17. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  18. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Filling them into the blanks gives the message: SOUNDS OF WILBUR'S KIN which is a reference to Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. Wilbur is a pig, so the answer is OINKS.

Archivist's note: This puzzle had also had a trained answer, as described in the training page. The flavor text mentions "tackle", so we apply the answer from Football, CAESAR SHIFT FOUR AND REVERSE, to get the new answer WORMS.