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Guys Write for Guys Read (Guys Read Library of Great Reading)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,045 Ratings  ·  206 Reviews
What is a typical guy moment, anyhow? Daniel Pinkwater remembers thedisappointment of meeting his Lone Star Ranger hero up close and personal. Gordon Korman relishes the goofy ultra violence of the old Looney Tunes cartoons. Stephen King realizes that having your two hundred- pound babysitter fart on your five-year-old head prepares you for any literary criticism. And that ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 21st 2005 by Viking Juvenile
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Katie Carson
I use this book often when discussing memoir and short story writing with my seventh grades. With its humor and realistic writing styles, students of both genders seem to really enjoy this collection.
What I find most beneficial from using this text in my Language Arts classroom is the positive promotion of male writers and readers. Most of this collection includes stories written by male authors, well-known by my students, who discuss some aspect of their personal lives, which often include writ
I like this book because it shows how guys care about boys reading a book instead of not being part of the wrong out side world that's going around us

Guys Write for Guys Read is an anthology of stories, essays, magazine columns, cartoons, anecdotes and artwork by 90 different male authors and illustrators, including Avi, Neil Gaiman, Matt Groening, Brian Jacques, Stephen King, John Marsden, David Shannon and Chris Van Allsburg (to name just a few).
Each piece is followed by a brief bio that states where the author grew up, where he lives now, offers one random fact (and, for illustrators, a sample piece of art), and provides a bibliography of
Nov 29, 2012 Zane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a 9 on my scale because it reaches out to all kinds of readers. It includes comedy, graphic novels and biographies. The book was not written by one person but multiple authors. This is one of the best short story books I have ever read. Its short stories make it easy to put down but also easy to lose your place. If you’re a reader like me you will skip around in the book and read the stories that you’re interested by. I will have to say the book is very stereotypical about wom ...more
Jun 05, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-reads, library
Some of these short stories were really funny and I'll remember them for a long time. Some were so good that I had to grab my fourteen-year-old nephew who has a love/hate relationship with reading (sometimes he's hot, sometimes he's not) and have him read it right then. Others were boring (or would have been boring to a young guy). It was a 50/50 split for me (hence the C rating).

Most poignant piece in my opinion was "Funny You Should Ask" from The Life of Reilly by Rick Reilly where the author
Mar 30, 2011 Adela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: really old guys who want to reminisce about life in the 40s, 50s and 60s.
There was one actually funny thing in this, and that is the Mo Willems comic strip. I don't really know how Jon Scieska and his cronies expect to connect with non-reader boys with stories about being a boy when the authors are telling about being a boy (or teenager) in the 1950s and 1960--and in one case in the 1940s celebrating the end of World War II. The stories were mostly really boring, very pointless, and did not make me want to read the authors' other work. Even the Eoin Colfer story--and ...more
Dec 01, 2013 Connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is made up of a ton of funny short stories. At first you might think this book is for kids only, but I think that it can range through any age. This book is not for girls only because a book is a book anyone is aloud to read it. I once read a Nance Drew book to see why every girl liked it so much. I hope that you read this book, I would recommend this book to anyone.

This book really made me laugh. I thought that this book was a real knee slapper. This book is conjoined of multiple sh
Feb 12, 2009 Kendra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up and read a chunk of it while at the library, thinking that it might be something fun for Gabe to read. The essay by Scieszka was so funny I kept laughing out loud.(Most library patrons do not find this kind of behavior amusing; the man closest to me jumped with every chuckle.) Sage came over to see what all the fuss was about and as we read it together, we were both laughing so hard, the tears started flowing. (We left quickly after so as not to find ourselves ejected from the l ...more
Oct 21, 2009 louisa added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Lloyd Alexander started it off wonderfully (of course!); Terry Davis's made me tear up; Jon Scieszka's made me laugh so hard I couldn't breathe for 5 minutes or so; and I loved Richard Peck's story about his bully-correcting, prank-loving father. The essays and comics are short (1-3 pages on average), and can be hit or miss even with authors you love (Neil Gaiman's didn't do much for me). But it's a nifty little book whose proceeds go to charity (also lots of great illustrators and artists invol ...more

This is a hit-or-miss collection of stories by male authors (most of whom have written or illustrated books for youth), purportedly about boys and being boys.

There are indeed a number of stories about being a boy, though many of them are chock full of pop cultural references that most modern boys will not understand at all. Worse, a number of the stories in here aren't even about being a boy, many of them are unoriginal, boring or forgettable, and some of them are half-baked piles of suck.

Ah, b
Jun 03, 2010 Gardner rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade
Oct 18, 2008 Eddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys that aren't into reading.
Recommended to Eddie by: No one, it just looked cool.
This book was amazing! It is generally for boys that are trying to get into reading (of course not me because I love to read), and are a bunch of short stories that involve authors sharing stories from their childhood.
Apr 24, 2014 Nickie rated it liked it
Shelves: august-2013-2014
Personal Favorites in order they appear in the book:
1. M.T. Anderson: My Maturity, in Flames
2. Danial Adel: "I think this [photo] was an attempt at drawing myself giving a bouquet of flowers to my mom, but being a guy, I couldn't bring myself to draw a bouquet of flowers, so it sort of came out a bouquet of trees."
3. Matt Groening: creator of the Simpsons contributed a boy-bored-in-school comic strip which I found spot on.
4. Daniel Handler: Principals and Principles
5. Anthony Horowitz: My Fren
Brian Robinson
There was more than one author in this book. Because of all the short stories there were lots of authors. I enjoyed this book because of all the short, funny , and good stories. It was hard to choose what story was the best, because a lot of these stories were humorous. I recommend this to Nick.

I thought this was a good book, not the best but it was good. I also like how just in 272 pages there a lot of stories.
Not only did I liked the books I also liked the humor from the authors. I enjoyed man
Nov 01, 2015 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, most of the story's in his book were great. The only thing I did not like about this book was how it was not always clear on if the story was from the authors life, or a fictitious story. I will admit I skipped over a few stories that didn't seem to interest me, but of the ones I read I enjoyed almost all of them. If you read this book, you could either read the entire book, or just a few stories. It's good either way. I do recommend this book if you enjoy a variety of stories, and it's ...more
Zakaria Faid
Jul 02, 2015 Zakaria Faid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thursday, October 16, 2014

In the short story, “The Truth about the World”, Lloyd Alexander conveys that overcoming obstacles in life and that over-thinking is a poor choice in adolescent years. In addition, the main character decided to request a date for the first time, despite the fact that he doesn’t know the process ;he succeeded. For instance, “I finally built enough nerve…To my amazement, she accepted…”(Alexander 13). Consequently, the main character over-thought the glorious day that he h
Apr 08, 2013 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, it was good. I liked that it was broken down into smaller chapters- each author has 3 pages at the most. I liked that it included a biography and fun fact at the end of each section. I loved the artwork.

Favorites- Tedd Arnold,Neil Gaiman, Bruce Hale, James Howe, David Klass, Jerry Pinkney. David Klass has a great story about his dad coming to all his baseball games- he was embarrassed as a kid but as an adult came to appreciate it. Jerry Pinkney writes about Black cowboys.

Least favorite
Guys Write for Guys Read is a book of many stories from many different people usually authors. Stories anywhere from how David Shannon first got the idea of his famous book "No David!". To the own authors law school experiences. This book is filled with tons of juicy stories with great illustrations that come along as well. I liked it because it came with many different stories that were true, funny, sad, and scary.
I can't connect this book to any other book because their arent many books like
Nov 13, 2009 Alexander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 10th-quarter1
I remember reading this book in seventh and eighth grade, thinking it was humorous, clever and fun. reading the book again in tenth grade has given it a whole new meaning- i can relate and understand to the stories so much more now. it's amazing what two years in high school can do to make you understand such stories.

Guys Write for Guys Read is a collection of short stories, anecdotes and essays written by male authors. the book is obviously geared towards teenage boys, as they talk about subjec
Apr 17, 2012 Anie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys men guys teenagers
"But sometimes, when I’m lying in bed at night before I fall asleep, I roll this mental videotape I have of the time I kicked a basket in gym class. In my mind, I watch myself kick that basket over and over again.

I’ll bet every kid has at least one of those moments in his life when he did something really, really great, something really unexpected.

Close your eyes and think of that moment from time to time. Remember it just the way it happened. Never let that video fade away. Someday, forty years
After reading the title, I wondered if this wasn't too obvious an attempt to get boys to read. Maybe a little too pushy. But then I read the first few stories, and they're short, quick, if you don't like one move on to the next, and they are by real people. The few chapters I read, whether the stories were true or not, were clearly written by men who had once been boys. If the entire book followed in that vein, I can see why it is appealing in its entirety. I even laughed at the kid with the puk ...more
Jan 28, 2011 Ethan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade
Note: this response is only to one of the short stories in the book

"Thwacked", by David Granger, is a short story about an incident when the author was younger. It wasn’t very important, but it taught him a lesson. I think The lesson is if you have a problem with someone, instead of doing something you shouldn’t do, you can figure out a peaceful way to sort it out and shrug it off.
In the beginning of the story, David starts off as seeming like a good kid, but someone else, Bill Dugan, is anno
Deborah Takahashi
From one of the funniest authors, ever, Job Scieszka brings this amazing collection of short stories just for guys, and guys, alone. In this star studded collection, in my opinion, 'tweens boys will not only enjoy the comedic stories from Dav Pilkey and Gordon Kormin, but well known authors such as Jerry Pikney, Paul O. Zelinsky, Richard Peck, and many, many more. There is an amazing variety of stories that avid readers and non-readers will enjoy simply because all of these authors bring somethi ...more
Loren M.
Feb 19, 2014 Loren M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In guys read it is built up of many short stories about boy authors tell stories about their boy hood from young kid to older teen.

Daniel Adel: this story is about how as a young boy he made a story and his picture is all funky because the head is small then when he is a lot older he redraws the picture but leaves the arms and the small head.

Avi,super patriot: this short story is about a kid name Avi who growing up had a super hero as a role model and wanted to always be a super hero but he neve
Anna Francesca
Jun 17, 2008 Anna Francesca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Guys (kids & adolescents)
Shelves: young-adult
The stories in this are wonderfully short (like two-pages each) and mostly autobiographical. Editor Scieszka has amassed pieces from many well-known "guy" authors and illustrators. While our library categorizes this book as "YA" (Young Adult), the vast majority of stories read more like "J" (Juvenille). It is probably the few stories with more mature content that pushed the book into the YA area (lest we offend).

I enjoyed these tales, though none was life-shattering for me. I feel like I have a
Nov 19, 2007 Christian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
GWFGR was a rather painful read. Let me just get that out in the open. The premise is that this is a "rich collection of stories, mini-memoirs, advice, poems, comic, and drawings. . . . Here is an irresistibly readable book, filled with defining guy moments—funny, sad, triumphant, or humiliating. Who says guys don't read? They will, if they can read the writers they love!" Now, call my a cynic, but even though I love the premise behind the book, I find the book itself to be terribly flawed.

Dan Thorson
Mar 23, 2011 Dan Thorson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection for guys contains nearly 80 stories written by some of the most well recognized and regarded young adult authors in the business. Averaging about two pages each, these stories are quick reads typically full of personal anecdotes, humorous storylines, and a whole lot of “boys being boys.” Still, a handful of stories teeter on the border of seriousness, particularly those that address bullying, peer pressure, and issues with parents.
A few of the notable contributors include creato
Jun 29, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I am not the target audience for this book, I read it so I could know whether I would recommend it to a boy who might be reluctant to read. I definitely think I would. There are so many different authors giving so many different eperspectives on boyhood, there is bound to be an author that a boy would connect with. And hopefully after getting a taste of a few of these authors, he will want to read more of their work and become a reader for life.
Erica Alway
Apr 01, 2015 Erica Alway rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-books
What great short stories! Even though the entire book is geared towards teenage boys, I absolutely loved it. So many stories I was hysterical laughing while others were so touching. They brought me back to times in my own childhood and reminded me as a teacher that boys are interested in different (and sometimes gross) topics, but if this gets them interested in reading and writing, let it be. A wonderful book for fathers and sons to read together and then to have the father reminisce about his ...more
Mar 09, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marilyn, Rachelle (and Tyler), my boy students, Kena, and others
Recommended to Susan by: :)
This is a fun read! I picked it up when I was looking for short and fun texts to have my students read. I think it will be great for that, especially for boys who are having a hard time getting hooked on reading. The short narratives are delightful and honest about boyhood. Some are especially funny. At the end of each 1-3 page writing by each author, there is brief fun biographical info and a selected bibliography so readers can delve into their books. A few of the writings include some frankly ...more
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Jon Scieszka is a writer and teacher. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children. Occasionally he has been known to howl at the full moon. --from the dust jacket of "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs"

Jon Scieszka is also the author of the best-selling ALA Notable Book, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, as well as Knights of the Kitchen Table, and The Not-So-Jolly Roger
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