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Who Done It?

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,059 ratings  ·  235 reviews
A star-studded anthology with a devilish hook, whose proceeds benefit 826nyc: the fabulous literacy non-profit founded by Dave Eggers.
Can you imagine the most cantankerous book editor alive? Part Voldemort, part Cruella de Vil (if she were a dude), and worse in appearance and odor than a gluttonous farm pig? A man who makes no secret of his love of cheese or his disdain
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Soho Teen (first published February 1st 2013)
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Sep 14, 2012 marked it as maybe  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-unread
Thank you, blurb. Because who doesn't want to know the ending before they've even read the book?!

I hate you.
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
The world's worst editor, Herman Q. Mildew, has been killed in some unspecified manner. All 80 of the writers he invited to gather at an abandoned pickle factory are called upon to write up their alibis for the police. All are children's or young adult writers, some well known (Mo Willems, John Green, David Levithan), many not so well known, even to a school librarian. All had motive, and every short-short entry seems to point to the author as the guilty party. So who really did it?

I thought I w
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think you have to go into this book expecting a lot of repetition, and that's why a lot of people reacted so poorly to it. It's not really the sort of book that it's necessary to read cover-to-cover, and that's okay. The point of the book is to benefit 826nyc, and kudos to all these authors for chipping in for a good cause. You can pick out your favourite authors and only read their alibis. You can read most or some or a few or all of the alibis and then skip to the end and it would not make a ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
What's the What: Super horrible, nasty book editor Herman Q. Mildew has been found murdered. Over eighty famous children's and YA authors and illustrators gather in an abandoned pickle factory, ostensibly invited by their tormentor, ol' Hermie himself. Instead, they write for their lives, offering up alibis that will prove they couldn't possibly have committed the dastardly deed.

Opening Sentence (of Introductory Interrogation by Jon Scieszka): LADIES AND GENTLEMEN...AND I USE THOSE TERMS LOOSELY
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
To be clear, because I certainly didn't realize this going in: this is NOT an actual mystery. It's just a writing exercise for 80+ well-known YA and kid's lit authors. (Much in the spirit of what 826NYC students might produce, I imagine-- I think that's the point.)

At 80+ entries, no attempt at plot development from story to story, and (I suspect) no actual direction given to the authors/artists (beyond the same introduction the reader gets), this is NOT a book to read cover-to-cover. There's no
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow, I am so mad that I didn't hear about this book at ALL prior to its release, despite following a bunch of the authors inside online. This has to be one of my new favorite reads. So many great inside jokes and broken fourth walls and satirical self-referential humor. I am thankful that I found this at my library and saw all of the great authors' names on the cover. Others have pointed out that it is repetitive, but I think it's really interesting to see what each author did with the l ...more
I was so excited by the premise of the book, and it promised to be funny. With no plot line and just authors writing alibis, it didn't draw me back, so I was forcing myself to read on my lunch breaks while allowing myself other books before bedtime. Luckily, the chapters were all short, so there were many easy stopping points. I did not get as much enjoyment out of it as I had anticipated, but it wasn't bad.

There were definitely funny parts. Much of it was clever. Some of it silly. And, yes, so
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2013
Clever idea, but too repetitive to make a good anthology. I expected there to be collaboration between the writers and for a story to emerge, but it's really 80 versions of the writing prompt "tell us your alibi, convince us that you did not kill Herman K. Mildew." I can see the value of this in a classroom setting, though I would pick and choose a few entries to showcase writing style and voice. Besides straight-up fiction, there were poems, one-liners, screenplays, and graphic-novel-type entri ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Cute story but went on too long.
Emily Blake
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, arc, 2013
*A copy was provided by Soho Press for review purposes*

What a crazy book. What an outrageous, hysterical, cheesy, fantastic, ingenious book! This is the first anthology I’ve ever read, and wow was it awesome! The idea was so funny, and I loved the ending of the book when the verdict was given. The idea of a cheese-loving, gas-producing, book-bashing, author-hating editor named Herman Q. Mildew being knocked off because everyone hated him was absolutely awesome. The authors who participated in th
Jill booksandescape
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Who Done It? is an anthology by Jon Scieszka. All sales of this book benefit 826NYC.

This anthology is comprised of all contributing authors' alibis and other reasons for not killing editor Herman Q. Mildew.

Contributions are made by Jon Scieszka, David Levithan, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Lev Grossman, Gayle Forman, Libba Bray, Dave Eggers, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle, Rebecca Stead, Sara Shepard, Lemony Snicket, Ned Vizzini, John Green, J.R. & Kate Angelella, Mac Barnett, Jennifer Belle, Judy B
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Who Done It? That is the question the reader must ask after the death of the malodorous, malevolent, malignant, and whatever other adjective that start with "mal" editor Herman Mildew. The suspects include some of the most beloved YA and children authors. Each must provide their alibi to prove their innocence, but when it among people who lie and manufacture stories, who can you trust?

When I got this book, I was really excited. I have always had a soft spot for short stories (they're like mini-
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it

WHO DONE IT? is a hilarious anthology of murder most foul. Odious, pickle-loving editor Herman Mildew has been murdered and the suspects most offer their alibis. And the suspects are a veritable who's who of young adult and children's literature - these people know how to write an alibi. Some will throw others under the bus, some will protest that they liked Mildew, but one of them is guilty.

My personal favorite were the entries wherein authors outlined their plans for murdering Mildew and expre
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Who Done It is a collection of alibis from over 80 authors. They each add there reason why they couldn't have been the one to kill the worse editor in the world Herman Mildew . You get to hear some of the mean and awful things he did or said to them. They all have a reason for doing it and you just have to figure out which one actual did it.

I liked most of the alibis the author came up with in this book. Each one has a unique and different reason for wanting to kill this man and a way they woul
Sep 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: guys-read, ya, humor, mystery
Who killed the despicable, despised book editor Herman Mildew? An invitation to a party is sent out to over 80 teen/children's authors, an invitation to a party held at an abandoned pickle factory. At the party, the attendees are informed that they are suspects in Herman Mildews death. What follows is a collection of alibis. Some are downright, laugh out loud hilarious, others are just a bit creepy, and many are extremely creative, as you would expect from an anthology of authors of the caliber ...more
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I really enjoyed this book. Perhaps 5 stars is a lot but it's a teen book without a plot, just 2-3 page alibis so maybe I'm being more lenient. It was just fun to read, most of the authors were creative and funny. Some were lacking but there are so many if them that a few bad eggs doesn't matter. As others have said, it was simply a writing exercise for a whole bunch of authors, supplying alibis for the murder of a fictional, though probably not far from the truth, editor. Jon scieszka gave them ...more
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-once-owned
In a lot of ways this reminded me of movies like "CLUE" and "MURDER BY DEATH" in that many of the writers paid homage to recognizable tropes of the mystery world, but in over the top ways. I found that part to be amusing and endearing.

What I found less endearing, and which ultimately had me frowning more often then being entertained, was that while some authors obviously took the idea of clues and a mystery seriously (even if they didn't write it seriously) a larger majority couldn't use subtly
Megan Anderson
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
The concept is great--get a whole bunch of authors together to explain why they didn't kill a particularly nasty editor. However, with eighty different authors on the roster, each writing between 1-5 pages on why they didn't do it...well, by about 2/3s of the way through, I just wanted to be done with it.

That's not to say the authors or their alibis were bad; far from it. Most of the alibis were pretty funny, and all the voices were unique. There was some repetition, of course, but why wouldn't
Loved. This. Book! I was excited to win an advance uncorrected edition of Who Done It through the Goodreads Giveaways program. Who Done It is an anthology of some of the hottest names in young adult and children's fiction. The book opens with an invitation to a party at an abandoned pickle factory which is being hosted by the notorious editor, Herman Mildew. When the guests arrive they learn that the party host has been murdered. Everyone is considered a suspect and must provide an alibi. This b ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very good and VERY funny themed anthology in which 50+ YA authors and illustrators provide brief (and hilarious) alibis to prove they did not murder their horrifically vile editor.

From the beginning I was determined to identify the murderer myself (absolutely NO PEEKING at the end!). I narrowed my list of most likely suspects down to seven (I even included the pigeon of “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” fame even though he wasn’t specifically an author or suspect). Needless to say,
May 04, 2013 rated it liked it
The idea behind this book was a fun one- like Clue, only with an editor killed and writers as suspects. BUT after about twenty authors... I began to feel like they were repetitive, even though they all gave alibis differently. There was too much input and the ending wasn't satisfactory to me. I felt that there needed to be more indication for that as the ending. However, I like several of the authors involved, and a few of the alibis were downright funny, so not entirely a waste. Just perhaps a ...more
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jon Scieszka has gathered up many YA authors to each right a chapter in this very humorous book. An editor has died and the suspects are all of his authors that he publish for. He was despised by all of them. Each chapter is written by one author for their alibi. From John Green to Lemony Snicket.
I recommend this book to all ages and the humor is completely appropriate. Some of the alibis include stories about the smelly, mean, never satisfied publishers. The only reason why this is not five sta
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is about the evil, mean, selfish and arrogant editor Herman Mildew. And I mean it! Imagin the biggest evil on earth or better the biggest evil in the universe. That`s him. And then one sunny day....he dies. And everyone is happy. All the writers who worked with Herman are suspects. So every one of them should write a alibi. And that`s what this book is. A book full of alibis. All the stories are great and I recommend this book. ...more
I liked the idea of this book. I liked why this book was created (good cause). But after reading about 30 of the author "statements" I felt like I was reading similar things over and over and over again. And I still had 50 to go. I mostly kept going because I wanted to read specific author's pieces. But now that I read so many most of them blur together. I wanted to like this, I really did. And I did like bits of it...but with so much of it together it was just too much for me.
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved, loved, loved. If you love picture books, middle grade or YA authors, pick up this book by the brilliant Jon Scieszka. It's a 'Who Done It' and about 75 authors are suspects and must provide alibis. From the outrageous to an albeit twitter confession to illustrations, it reminds me how lucky we are to have such phenomenal authors putting our such great works.
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was SO clever. I really enjoyed all the creativity and the originality the book had to offer. All the authors involved did a really great job of adding their own personal touches though I have to admit that now I'm a little terrified of all of them and what they are capable of. ;) I really really liked this book. It was fun, entertaining, mischievous, and all around fantastic.
Sep 11, 2012 marked it as to-read
Did they actually just give away the ending in the summary? Wow. Thanks. I was intrigued (because I mean, really - Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson and more amazing authors? You can't go wrong), but it seems kind of pointless to read it now.
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Clever idea and impressive collection of authors/illustrators. Some had fabulous alibis or explanations for why they didn't kill Mr. Mildew. At the same time, reading 200 1-2 page little stories about the same topic became boring. I did skip 20 or so stories.
Oda Renate
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-trade
Fun book, great idea, great excecution true I dident read all of the chapters but thats not really nessasry.
Melly Durant
Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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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. He
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