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Guys Read: Funny Business (Guys Read Library of Great Reading #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,548 ratings  ·  308 reviews

Its here: Volume One of the official Guys Read Library. Jon Scieszkas Guys Read initiative was founded on a simple premise: that young guys enjoy reading most when they have reading they can enjoy. And out of this comes a series that aims to give them just that. Ten books, arranged by theme, featuring the best of the best where writing for kids is concerned. Each book is

Paperback, 268 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Walden Pond Press
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OK, we were stuck in the car for quite a while so when we started listening to these short stories, something happened. The kids stopped bickering. They stopped asking "are we there yet?" Peaceful driving through some scary mountain roads.

Guys Read: Funny Business is a collection of short stories read by different narrators. All the stories have their merits, but a few stories stood out for us. I need to apologize for not taking notes on the titles of the stories (it was dark in the car) so here
There is a pretty wide range of stories here so it was hard to give it a rating as a whole. I came up with three stars as an average. Getting more young boys into reading is a very noble goal so I had higher hopes. A few of these had messages that I'd rather my own boys were not exposed to, particularly humor at the expense of others. I hope some of the other guys read collections are better.

Best of Friends (2 stars) - This is a story about a kid pretending to be friends with someone he doesn't
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A collection of stories that is often more annoying that funny. I asked two middle schoolers to read them also to make sure that it was not my jaded adult view that did not find the stories funny. They did not go for them either. I think Scieszka is trying too hard to appeal to boys and maybe the book will booktalk itself. I surely won't hand it to many kids. It is okay, but does not deserve the hand sell. -Maeve
daniel ramkissoon
this book was not really all as great as i had wanted it to be in my opinion i do not think that it was really that good and i think that it really lacked some important things. mainly this book is a whole bunch of stories from different famous authors who tell a story and it is supposed to be funny. that was what i was hoping for in the blurb of the book it says that this took was supposed to make you spit chocolate milk in your friends face well in my opinion i do not think it made me spit ch ...more
I got this from Goodreads First Reads, whatever it's called. So far, this is the best book I've won!

It's a book of short stories for boys, pretty much, but even though I'm a girl I still found them funny. (Most of them, anyway.) Here's the rundown on stories, humor levels, and likability:

1. Best of Friends by Mac Barnett: When Dean finds out class nerd Ernest has won the Nestle Sweepstakes, which gives him and a friend a tour of the factory, Dean makes it his personal mission to become Ernest's
Emily Brent
I really enjoyed the humor that this book displayed. We read 2 of these stories in class, but I wanted to read more so I decided to buy it and see if the other short stories were just as funny. I was blown away, the irony and humor displayed would cause anyone to fall over laughing. I really enjoyed the wide variety of authors and the stories they wrote for this book, it was such a good mixture of the authors and stories that I think anyone would be able to read this book. I think this story is ...more
Payten L
Grade Interest level- 7th
Reading Level- Lexile 840
Genre- Multiple Short Stories, Humor
Main Characters- Many Characters, like I said, this book consists of multiple short stories
Setting- Many Settings, read main characters row for more information
POV- Depends of which story you're reading

This book consists of many short stories, so I guess I won't be able to explain what the characters are doing, but what characteristics the book contains. This book is very funny, but gets down to business. The s
Abridged from booktalk* at a nearby elementary school:
I was reading this book on the bus this week and laughing so hard I thought the grandma in the seat in front of me was going to turn around and go “Shhhh!” You know it’s bad when someone else is shushing the librarian.
This book has stories by 11 different authors. Normally in a collection like this there’s one or two really good stories, one or two stories that are just so terrible that you can’t believe they were included, and the rest are
I got this book after going to see Jon Scieszka talk, I was interested to see if it was as funny as he told us it would be. Some of the stories were, some I guess you have to be a boy to understand them. My favorite stories were "Best of Friends" by Mac Barnett, "Will" by Adam Rex, "Kid Appeal" by David Lubar, "You Question For" by Kate DiCamillo and Jon Scieszka and " My Parents gave my bedroom away to a biker" by Paul Feig. This stories were trully funny and I have no problem telling people ab ...more
Kate Copeseeley
First of all, several of the stories in this book weren't even funny. I realize that humor is a subjective element in a book, but when I say they weren't funny, I mean, they were downright DEPRESSING. the first story alone almost made me want to close the books.
Most of the time, the characters weren't likeable, and I found myself confused by the audience these books are trying to reach. The book says it's aimed at middle school boys, but I couldn't see much in here that they would find hilarious
I started off loving this book, with the first half filled with humorous standout stories: "Best of Friends" by Mac Barnett involving a kid trying to win a sweepstakes prize by befriending a nerd; "Will" by Adam Rex, a surprising comedy/scifi story with a group of kids outwitting a would-be supervillain; and, the best in the book, "Kid Appeal" by David Lubar in which two friends participate in a history contest with a painful mummy costume and a video camera. All three are laugh-out-loud funny, ...more
Amber Keck
I like to recommend this collection to older boys looking for a new favorite author.
Niko W

This book was a fiction book.My book was belong to a series.My book was 268 pages long, it was kind of in between because it was kind of a long book to read but big wording.I think that it will be helpful for the reader to know about the author because if people read one of the author books then they get interested by what will happen or what other books they might have. This book can be compared by its genre as humor.This book was an informal style,and no language are not remarkable in any way.
This book is a collection of funny stories that famous authors from all across the country came together to write so that guys in particular can have something they would really like to read. This is a genetic lens. I can relate to things in these stories. Some of them are about middle school and some of them are about not so funny things in boys’ lives. It’s about boys and their friendships, about hard times and that hard times can be funny. The stories are pretty accurate, I think.

There are t
I thought this book was really humorous. I'm not really into comedy books, but this one had something different. I loved the way that each chapter was a new story coming from different authors. It didn't focus on a single topic like most books do. They were stories mostly from the author's childhood and, it was really great that I was able to relate in some occasions. I also enjoyed how the stories written from well-known authors like Kate DiCamillo, Eoin Colfer, Jeff Kinney, and much more. It's ...more
Stacey Mulholland
I am enjoying the stories but I didn't think the first two were funny. So far my favorite is the mummy story by John Lubar, "Kid Appeal".

I enjoyed many of these stories but my original thought of them continued; many of the stories weren't funny. My least favorite story was "My Parents Give My Bedroom to a Biker" by Paul Feig. The story is about the kids parents and others get possessed by an alien and the day is saved with broccoli. It was really weird.
Krystl Louwagie
Like most books of short stories, it's hard to rate the whole book instead of each story. But, there is something to be said about the compilation process and selection, and as an overall, I felt like this one was lacking. Most of the narrators sound the same, despite being written by different authors. While there are certainly funny parts, that's almost all there are, and they stop being funny when you stop caring about characters because there's nothing deeper there to go in between the funny ...more
I am a mom, not a twelve year old boy, so maybe that is why this book did not appeal to me. I was expecting Captain Underpants type potty humor, instead it was pre-Stephen King type stuff. Just crude and in poor taste. It was not really that funny--just kind of gross. (Which I guess boys like.)

Anyway, if you buy this for a boy....this book is better for an older boy (like age twelve) than a younger boy (age eight).
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Some of the chapters (short stories) were hits, other misses for me. I really liked:
Will by Adam Rex--- What does it take to be a Hero?
Artemis Begins by Eoin Colfer--- AutoBio- tells where he got his inspiration for the character.
Your Question Here: Kate DiCamillor and Jon Scieszka: Letter writing to author assignment.
Marc Essindi
I think this book was really good. It was a book that had different stories in them my favorite was when a kid doesn't follow his chores. His parents give up his room to this random guy and so he is thinking there is something not right about this so he sneaks into his room and more foot steps come and he hears them all saying guys this kid is so dum. so then when he tried to go to the police the guy from his room didn't allow that so then he went and he was caged in his room. Then he noticed th ...more
HILARIOUS!!! My fifth graders loved it!
Guys Read Funny Business is an amazing book of short stories. Every short story is by a different famous author of comedy and they are all edited and put together by Jon Scieszka. Each short story is hilarious and amazing, and some have plot twists or action or weirdness and many have all three. Every short story will have you laughing out loud, and each is extremely fun. This book is full of laughter and fun, and is incredibly hard to put down. Put together by the best authors of this genre thi ...more
I was pretty disappointed in this book - so many amazing, funny authors contributed, but only Adam Rex's "Will" stood out in any way. The rest of the stories were a mixture of clever (but not funny), weird, and gross. I'm not the intended audience, though, so it's possible a 9-13 year old boy would find the other stories a lot funnier than I did.

"Will", Adam Rex's tale of a school where all the kids end up discovering they are superheroes, demigods or wizards, was truly hilarious, and I highly r
Kristine Hall
I am not sure it's fair for me to rate this book, given the audience is more like 5th grade boys; however, having raised four sons, I feel like I have a pretty good grip on what amuses them: gross stuff? CHECK. bodily harm to friends? CHECK. Brotherly scheming? Payback? Superheroes? CHECK. All told by eight outstanding authors in ten short stories.

This book has all the necessary elements to entertain young males -- the intended audience, and I did enjoy listening to them with a variety of narrat
Grant Sparr
It is a book with a bunch of different stories. In one of the stories the kid gets kicked out of his room and his house and his parents give his room to a biker. In another story a kid decides to rip a wart of his foot with rusty pliers.

Some of the stories were pretty good. But some of the others were not that good at all. I liked the story of the kid ripping off his wart. I probably would recommend this to someone else. It is not the greatest book I have read but it was not the worst book eithe
October 2010 SLJ: Gr 5-8–
Building on the success of Guys Write for Guys Read (Viking, 2005), Scieszka continues his mission to take the “reluctant” out of readers with this first volume of the “Guys Read Library.” For this title, Scieszka invited some of today’s top writers of children’s fiction to contribute a humorous short story. Not surprisingly, the resulting compilation has something for everyone. Looking for a story heavy on the ick-factor? Suggest Jack Gantos’s “The Bloody Souvenir,” in
I won this book in just a random Twitter follow a few months ago from Walden Pond Press. I don't read short stories very often but this one pulls you in and you can't help but read this one. First of all, it's got a plethora of funny kid authors. Then, they are writing funny stories. What more could you ask for? The stories range from chuckle funny to so funny I was wiping my eyes trying to read. Some of my favorites were the ones by Eoin Colfer with "Artemis Begins" and "Your Questions for Auth ...more
NOTE: I won this book on a GoodReads First Reads giveaway. This volume of ten short stories is a fun mix of silly and humorous writing from some of today's most popular children's and young adult authors and illustrators. As with any eclectic short story collection, I liked some pieces more than others. Several of the stories are obviously geared more toward preteen boys (but, hey I can't really fault the authors or editor for this...the book is called "Guys Read" after all!), and are therefore ...more
There is a range of different stories in this one and I have some thoughts on each story individually so I thought I would talk a little bit about each story.
Best of Friends
I had an idea of how this story would go but I was actually a little bit wrong and the ending was not how I had expected it to go. I thought the story was pretty entertaining.
Will was not a story I was expecting at all. It’s set in a world different from ours because a lot of the characters have different abilities and sp
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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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