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Guys Write for Guys Read

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,227 ratings  ·  240 reviews
This fast-paced, high-energy collection of short works features today?s most popular writers and illustrators writing about what it means to be a guy. Contributors include Chris Crutcher, Stephen King, Matt Groening, Daniel Pinkwater, Neil Gaiman, and many more. Includes an all-new foreword by Jon Scieszka and an excerpt from Knucklehead.
Paperback, Guys Read Library of Great Reading, 272 pages
Published April 10th 2008 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published April 21st 2005)
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Katie Carson
I use this book often when discussing memoir and short story writing with my seventh grades. With its humor and realistic writing styles, students of both genders seem to really enjoy this collection.
What I find most beneficial from using this text in my Language Arts classroom is the positive promotion of male writers and readers. Most of this collection includes stories written by male authors, well-known by my students, who discuss some aspect of their personal lives, which often include writ
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is made up of a ton of funny short stories. At first you might think this book is for kids only, but I think that it can range through any age. This book is not for girls only because a book is a book anyone is aloud to read it. I once read a Nance Drew book to see why every girl liked it so much. I hope that you read this book, I would recommend this book to anyone.

This book really made me laugh. I thought that this book was a real knee slapper. This book is conjoined of multiple sh
I like this book because it shows how guys care about boys reading a book instead of not being part of the wrong out side world that's going around us ...more
Queen-Patricia Chiddix
It was interestingly weird.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-nonfiction
Pretty graphic depictions of suffering. I think this would be a book lots of boys would enjoy and girls too, keeps your interest, I can recommend this to my students but a little gory for me.
May 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-reads, library
Some of these short stories were really funny and I'll remember them for a long time. Some were so good that I had to grab my fourteen-year-old nephew who has a love/hate relationship with reading (sometimes he's hot, sometimes he's not) and have him read it right then. Others were boring (or would have been boring to a young guy). It was a 50/50 split for me (hence the C rating).

Most poignant piece in my opinion was "Funny You Should Ask" from The Life of Reilly by Rick Reilly where the author

Guys Write for Guys Read is an anthology of stories, essays, magazine columns, cartoons, anecdotes and artwork by 90 different male authors and illustrators, including Avi, Neil Gaiman, Matt Groening, Brian Jacques, Stephen King, John Marsden, David Shannon and Chris Van Allsburg (to name just a few).
Each piece is followed by a brief bio that states where the author grew up, where he lives now, offers one random fact (and, for illustrators, a sample piece of art), and provides a bibliography of
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a 9 on my scale because it reaches out to all kinds of readers. It includes comedy, graphic novels and biographies. The book was not written by one person but multiple authors. This is one of the best short story books I have ever read. Its short stories make it easy to put down but also easy to lose your place. If you’re a reader like me you will skip around in the book and read the stories that you’re interested by. I will have to say the book is very stereotypical about wom ...more
Mar 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: really old guys who want to reminisce about life in the 40s, 50s and 60s.
There was one actually funny thing in this, and that is the Mo Willems comic strip. I don't really know how Jon Scieska and his cronies expect to connect with non-reader boys with stories about being a boy when the authors are telling about being a boy (or teenager) in the 1950s and 1960--and in one case in the 1940s celebrating the end of World War II. The stories were mostly really boring, very pointless, and did not make me want to read the authors' other work. Even the Eoin Colfer story--and ...more
Feb 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up and read a chunk of it while at the library, thinking that it might be something fun for Gabe to read. The essay by Scieszka was so funny I kept laughing out loud.(Most library patrons do not find this kind of behavior amusing; the man closest to me jumped with every chuckle.) Sage came over to see what all the fuss was about and as we read it together, we were both laughing so hard, the tears started flowing. (We left quickly after so as not to find ourselves ejected from the l ...more
Oct 21, 2009 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Lloyd Alexander started it off wonderfully (of course!); Terry Davis's made me tear up; Jon Scieszka's made me laugh so hard I couldn't breathe for 5 minutes or so; and I loved Richard Peck's story about his bully-correcting, prank-loving father. The essays and comics are short (1-3 pages on average), and can be hit or miss even with authors you love (Neil Gaiman's didn't do much for me). But it's a nifty little book whose proceeds go to charity (also lots of great illustrators and artists invol ...more
May 18, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys that aren't into reading.
Recommended to Eddie by: No one, it just looked cool.
This book was amazing! It is generally for boys that are trying to get into reading (of course not me because I love to read), and are a bunch of short stories that involve authors sharing stories from their childhood.
Zakaria Faid
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thursday, October 16, 2014

In the short story, “The Truth about the World”, Lloyd Alexander conveys that overcoming obstacles in life and that over-thinking is a poor choice in adolescent years. In addition, the main character decided to request a date for the first time, despite the fact that he doesn’t know the process ;he succeeded. For instance, “I finally built enough nerve…To my amazement, she accepted…”(Alexander 13). Consequently, the main character over-thought the glorious day that he h
Klarissa Leon
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books-of-20
Guys Read is a book composed of several non-fiction short stories that are based on history. They are very well written, remarkably entertaining, and include a few illustrations. There are different types of writing like graphic literature, poems with definitions, and regular prose. Several references are included at the end of nearly every story. Most writers are well-known and have been awarded medals or other accreditation as proof of reliability. While they are informative and captivating, t ...more
Cara Sabin
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-1-10
This is a collection of short stories that are all true narratives. There are 10 narratives total, and each is unique with a different author. One of the short stories is titled, 'Sahara Shipwreck' and tells the story of a captain and his crew who travel through the Sahara, get bought as slaves and are striving to get back to America suffering greatly on the way. Another story is about what it's like to be a cartoon and how he wanted to be a cartoonist growing up. They're all different- but all ...more
Cormac Maher
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guys Write for Guys Read by Jon Scieszka, is a biography short story compilation featuring stories ranging from Family relationship, to stories about birds flying into people's spaghetti. Because the book is set in multiple short stories in different perspectives, it has no one summary, yet it has themes. And one of these themes is coming of age. This is illustrated in many stories like, "learning how to be a Boy" a story about a boy learning to not care what others think of him. many of these s ...more
I am definitely not the target audience for this book, but that being said, I didn't always feel like the writers themselves were writing for the target audience. Most of these stories are adult men reminiscing about their childhood, but the way they write about it is still so clearly from an adult perspective. Does that make sense? I don't think I would recommend this book to my students, although I know at least one of them has read it. Finally, like any short story collection from multiple au ...more
Melissa Emery
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-1-10
This book is compiled of 10 different short stories that are nonfiction, but based on actual events or people that took place. One of them I read called Jumbo talks about this huge elephant that is in this traveling circus that everyone wants to see. Another one was about different poems about science and the universe. These short stories are made for boys to keep them entertained while reading.

I really enjoyed the different short stories that I read! I found myself laughing and being so impres
I liked this book because it was a very fun book to read. There are a bunch of stories from different people instead of just one long story. These stories were very funny and I could relate to them because it was about guys in highschool. The authors did a very good job of making each passage short but very interesting. I would highly recommend this book to a friend because it was very interesting and it brought back a lot of good memories.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a bunch of guys telling stories about there lives. Some are about girls. Some are about stupid things they did as a kid. A lot of them were funny, a lot were dumb.

I liked the book it was very funny in my opinion. If there was one thing i could change it would be that they would not be bunch of different stories. I would rate this book 4/5.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must read for a preteen boy. And their parents. This will give the boy a lot to think about and the parents some great platforms to have conversations with their boys.
I thank my child s teacher for giving this book to my son at the right time.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
A great book for boys--and girls! Many of the stories I'd like to use for our upcoming Biography unit for students to get a feel for recreating a specific moment in a person's life. Great narrative non-fiction choice. ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edited by Jon Scieszka, Guys Write for Guys Read is a collection written by many authors about their childhood or stories that they have written. This hilarious memoir contributed by many guys will get you laughing and understanding what it is like to be a guy.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book of short stories I read to my kids, 7 and 11. They loved the stories and so did I. A laugh-out-loud book that makes you think and reminds me that my kids don’t misbehave nearly as bad as I think they do.
Abby Turner
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Hysterical little stories about what makes guys guys from great writers. I giggled a lot.
Paul Delacruz
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Nice collection of excerpts from male authors to stimulate reading for school age boys.
Bentley Snyder
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good book
Adam Levy
Jan 05, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
not great
Haven't finished this yet but so far I have enjoyed 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. He

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