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

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It’s here: Volume One of the official Guys Read Library. Jon Scieszka’s 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 i

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Paperback, 268 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Walden Pond Press
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AH
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...more
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
Amanda
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...more
Childrens Librarian
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
Sps
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...more
Gladys
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
Rad
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...more
Terry
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
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.
Kirei
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).
Laura
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
Nicki
HILARIOUS!!! My fifth graders loved it!
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...more
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...more
Kim
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...more
Heather
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
Caitlin
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
Rebecca
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
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...more
Dan
If talking turkeys. mummy mishaps, and lots of stupid friends sounds like your kind of holiday then this is the kind of anthology (bunch of stories in one book) for you. This book is a collection of 10 stories from some of the funniest guy authors on the planet. There are ten stories written by Mac Barnett , Adam Rex (author of Fat Vampire), Eoin Colfer (author of Artemis Fowl), Jeff Kinney (author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Kate DiCamillo (not a guy but equally funny), Jon Scieszka, David Yoo, D...more
laurenpie
Without a doubt, the DiCamillo/Scieszka contribution is the best here. I'm intrigued by the fact that reviewers are falling all over the map on which are their next favorites. Makes me think this collection, which I personally would rate at only 3-stars because of the balance of mediocre stories, may possibly be worthy of more stars than I'm giving.

Best of the bunch:
Kate DiCamillo and Jon Scieszka's "Your Question for Author Here." See my review of this outstanding story here, http://www.goodre...more
Anthony
The book Guys Read has a bunch of little stories in it. My favorite one is the Bloody Souvonir by Jack Gantos. The book is about two insane neighbors that names are Frankie and Gary. The main charater Jack would do everything that they would do.
One day when Frankie and Gary told Jack to meet them in the ally to ask Jack if he wanted to see who can go though a pack of smokes the quickest, Jack said that smoking is the most horrible thing a person could ever do and walked away. While Jack walked...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...more
Jameson
Guys Read Funny Business is a hilarious collection of short stories made to entertain anybody of any age. The author Jon Scieszka is known for his comedic and brilliant writing, and renowned for entertaining young readers. The stories are lengthly and do not necessarily correspond with any story plot. The stories seem confusing because they do not include the explanation needed for the reader to connect the past weird events.

The book is based on short stories that are written by several authors....more
Christina
Great book for young guys: ten short stories by different authors, with plenty of gross-out humor and silliness. One is a science fiction story about a guy's parents being taken over by aliens; another is a bloody horror story about what happens when a wild kid doesn't tell his parents about the stupid stuff he's done to himself; Eoin Colfer's story "Artemis Begins" talks about his prankster brother and how that gave him the idea for his character Artemis Fowl. There's a goofy history project-go...more
Barbara
Guys Read: Funny Business. Edited by Jon Scieszka. Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins Publishers, 2010. 268 pages.

Genre: Fictional short stories
Recommended age level: Intermediate (8-12 years)
Series information: Book #1 of the Guys Read series
Subjects and themes: comedy, humour

In this anthology of ten humorous short stories written especially for guys, young readers will find plenty to get excited about. From a teenage mummy to a homicidal turkey, these funny and well-written stories will appeal...more
Allison Parker
This collection of short stories offers its readers ten humorous tales, ranging from autobiographical to fantastical, by some great children's authors. Standouts include the collaboration between Jon Scieszka and Kate DiCamillo (the only woman author in the collection, representing ladies fabulously), who together wrote "Your Question for Author Here," a story in alternating letters parodying "Dear Mr. Henshaw." The student in this tale lacks interest in the write-to-an-author assignment, and hi...more
Hunter
I rated it 3 stars because most of the stories i stopped reading because they were boring and didn't interest me. But the ones that i did read i like. i could relate to some of the things that happen in a book and some parts were funny

I read best of friends and it was about a kid who lied about having a ticket to go to the nesquik chocolate factory

I read kid appeal it was about two kids going into a contest to go to splash station and then a kid got hurt so he didn't get a ticket

I also read the...more
Eric Keith
Preface: I am not a 12 year old boy. I am a nearly 30 year old 4th grade teacher.

I was hoping for some stories that were a bit funnier. I felt the book was inconsistent in its humor. Jeff Kinney's story was perhaps my favorite. Kate DiCamillo and Jon Sciezka wrote a fun story. Jack Gantos's story made me queasy but I found it funny. The rest to me were somewhat forgettable. Some stories used humor at the expense of others which I didn't appreciate. But once again, I'm not a twelve year old boy....more
Peter Bess
The great thing about an anthology of short stories is that you get to taste a lot of new authors at one time. Some you may love, others you may tolerate, others you know you will never read again.

Though not all of the stories in this collection captured me as truly hilarious I found myself wondering how my sense of humor differs from other peoples.

Some of my favorites were: "Will" by Adam Rex, "Your question for author here" by Kate DiCamillo & Jon Scieszka, and "What? You think you got it...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...more
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