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Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka
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Mar 01, 09

bookshelves: reluctant-readers
Recommended to Erika by: Jon Scieska at the National Book Festival
Recommended for: reluctant readers, esp. boys
Read in March, 2009, read count: 1

Scieska's memoir of his childhood with five brothers is hilarious and touching. It is great snapshot of what life was like for a lot of kids in 50s and 60s America...I just wish it had an introduction that talked a bit about how life has changed...

Cindy and I saw Scieska at the National Book Festival and he read excerpts from the then-unreleased book to the crowd. Waves of laughter filled the tent and I couldn't wait to buy the book for my collection...

Now after having read it..

As a Polish-American adult from a large family, I LOVED this book! Very Christmas story-esque in its humor. Reminded my of the stories my aunts and uncles tell about growing up in with lots of brothers and sisters. Also reminded me of my childhood filled with long summer days in the woods, largely unsupervised. Wish life were still that way.

As a librarian I'm not sure...feeding a toddler cigarettes? Explosions, bb guns, peeing contests...do I want the wrath of angry parents this could bring to the library (regardless of excellent reviews and the author's stature in the kiddie lit community). This is one to ponder.
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Reading Progress

02/27/2009 page 45
42.45% "Hilarious but...wondering if this should really make it in the collection..."

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