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Guys Read: Funny Business (Guys Read Library of Great Reading #1)
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 i...more
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
Best of Friends (2 stars) - This is a story about a kid pretending to be friends with someone he doesn't...more
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
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
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.
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).
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.
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
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
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
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...more
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
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
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
The book is based on short stories that are written by several authors....more
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
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
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
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