Follow This Blog: RSS feed
A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

Roller Derby Names: Give ’em Up

This is fun.  Recently I received the following email from former Greenwillow designer Victoria Jamieson:

I have a problem that I thought you or the astute readers of your blog might be able to help me with. I recently joined a recreational roller derby league here in Portland, and I’m looking for a kickin’ children’s book-themed roller derby name. Some names already on the list:

Encyclopedia Frown

Green Eggs and Wham

Sarah, Pain and Brawl


Mo Pain Willems

Knuckle Bunny

Anne Surly

Marilla Cutthroat

Edward Sullen

Victoria needs more suggestions.  Here were a couple of mine I thought of right off the top of my head:

  • The Skivving Tree
  • Millions of Cuts
  • Blue Bruises for Sal
  • Kicka Kicka Boom Boom
  • Olivida
  • Strega Paina

Can you think up more?  Admittedly, I’m jealous.  If I were able to skate upright for longer than 30 seconds I would SO want to be on a roller derby league.  And Victoria says that she learned to skate in New York from this guy:

And I am not woman enough to learn from that man.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. The Roller Express

  2. Cloudy With a Chance of Maim

  3. Goodnight Goon

    Pow!jama Time

  4. Nathan Hale says:

    Toot and Puddle…OF BLOOD!

  5. SamR&TomA says:

    Incredible entries so far! Well played!
    And a great idea, too.

    Jacob Have I Shoved
    Anne of Mean Gables
    The Hungry Tigress
    Punch the Bunny
    Judo Blume

  6. Too much fun!

    Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse of Pain

    Alexandra and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Elbow

  7. Bookie Woogie Z-Dad says:

    Cat in the Cast
    Goodnight Boom
    Harry the Derby Dog
    Deck’d her Seuss

  8. Bookie Woogie Z-Dad says:

    Bread and Slam for Frances
    Scrambled Skates of America
    Wheel’ya Bedelia
    Miss Nelson is Missing Teeth
    Rinker Belle

  9. Bruiseday.

    I’m sure David Wiesner would be happy to send a drawing of a frog in a sling for the mascot.

  10. dotdotdot says:

    Slam Bangs and Moonshine

  11. Bookie Woogie Z-Dad says:

    This feels like a kidlit version of Garbage Pail Kids… (I’d love to see Nathan Hale do the Toot and Puddle card!)

    Few final more:

    Holly Black Eye
    Lucy “Mad” Montgomery
    Laura Ingalls Wild-Thing

  12. The Lion, the Bitch and the War

  13. Rachel Hawkins says:

    Bitch to Terabithia

  14. Josh Berk says:

    Hermione Danger.

  15. Scope Notes says:

    I think they should go with “Shove You Forever”

  16. Pretty much any love to shove title is gold. Jacob Have I Shoved may be my favorite so far. And may I submit:

    Guess How Much I Shove You

  17. Viola Stomp

  18. Nancy Bruiser

  19. Victoria Jamieson says:

    Ha ha! I KNEW this was the right place to turn for help! Thanks for the cornucopia of great suggestions! I agree, I love the “Shove” titles, too. And if David Weisner were to send in an original drawing of a frog in a sling, well- I’d take it. For the team.
    A few others from my original blog post:
    Violent Baudelaire
    Kat Hiss Everdeen
    Splat the Bunny
    Pippi Longstalking
    Madeleine M’Angle
    Greenwillow Category:
    Ida B Sting

  20. I hope it’s not to late to chime in with a few more:

    Black-and-Blueberries for Sal
    The Painbow Fish
    Fear Mr. Henshaw (although I feel as if I’ve seen that name before)
    The Rumble Book

  21. Paul W. Hankins says:

    How about The Planked Floors of Splintered Hands and Chipped Teeth?

  22. Margaret Mayhem
    Joan Ache’in

  23. Marion Dame Power

  24. kim baker says:

    Veruca Assault
    Curious Gore
    The Floor Ax

  25. Chrisin NY says:

    Baddie Woodbrawn

  26. The Wonderful Wizard of Ows

  27. James and the Giant Punch
    Are You My Shover?

  28. Ramona Maimby!

  29. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

    I know the pun is the point, but I think that name’s derby dirty as is!

  30. kim baker says:

    Malice in Wonderland

  31. whoa, some of these are awesome. i’m partial to veruca assault, violent baudelaire, knuckle bunny and decked’er seuss. let us know what you end up with, victoria!

  32. How about Nancy Drew Blood?

  33. Violent Baudelaire says:

    Uh, Violent Baudelaire’s my derby name.

  34. I’ve always thought “Pain Austen” would be a good roller derby name. : )

  35. how bout Ron wheeler (Ron Weesly)
    Harry Pusher ( Harry Potter )


  1. […] kidlit derby names, which I started doing after Betsy Bird solicited suggestions for them in her School Library Journal blog. (My favorite there: Knuckle […]