As I noted before, I can’t resist a list.
And being a big book geek, I absolutely could not resist this list of literary one-hit wonders, especially since I’ve read a few of them. Anna Sewell‘s Black Beauty, for example, a classic children’s book about the life of a horse.
Like so many young girls, I went through a horse phase and a cat phase, in which I passionately adored horses and cats. We didn’t live on a farm, so obviously I never got a horse, and my mom is allergic to cats, so clearly a kitty was totally out of the question. My horse and cat phases pretty much consisted of me reading everything about horses I could get my hands on, so of course I read Black Beauty.
Why was it a one-hit wonder? Well, Sewell died five months after Black Beauty was published.
There are, however, some sequels/prequels written by other people, some of which I felt were quite good. I haven’t read them for a long time, however, so I can’t testify as to their greatness; I liked quite a few things when I was 12 that make me cringe now. (Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, for starters. And that’s one I’m willing to admit to in public…)