Funny Business
Funny Business

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Series: Guys Read Vol. 1   

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Annotation: A collection of humorous stories featuring a teenaged mummy, a homicidal turkey, and the world's largest pool of chocolate milk.
Catalog Number: #46995
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Illustrator: Rex, Adam,
Pages: ix, 268 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-196373-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-47697-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-196373-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-47697-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2010008122
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Humorous stories by some of the most well-known contemporary writers for children, such as Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Kate DiCamillo, Jack Gantos, Jon Scieszka, and others, are here compiled. While most revolve around the exploits of mischievous boys, others feature an incompetent super villain, a homicidal turkey, and alien body snatchers. Most readers will find these quick reads relatable and enjoyable.
Kirkus Reviews
"Your brain is doing some great work when it's laughing," states evangelist Scieszka in this humorous anthology, the first of a proposed Guys Read series that promises to cover a range of genres. Each tale is geared toward boys and sometimes relies on gross humor for laughs. "Will," by Adam Rex is a standout. Will attends a school for kids with super talents and hero abilities. When his class is attacked by a supervillian in a gadget-ridden exoskeleton, mayhem and the unexpected unfold, driven by quick-witted dialogue. On the flipside, "A Fistful of Feathers," by David Yoo, is a distressing tale in which Sam's dad has decided to make him less girly by buying him a live turkey that will be eaten on Thanksgiving. As Dad begins to favor the weirdly talented turkey over him, Sam's actions begin to verge on sociopathy. These tales are not for the faint of heart: The content doesn't shy away from dangerous stunts, damaged flesh, alien-body takeovers and switch-wielding grandpas. In other words, utterly dude worthy. (Short stories. 9-13)
School Library Journal
Gr 5&11;8&12; 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 which the Pagoda brothers return to wreak more havoc. David Yoo's "A Fistful of Feathers" features a bloodthirsty turkey intent on destroying the narrator's life. Eoin Colfer offers an autobiographical piece that shares how his younger brother was his real-life inspiration for Artemis Fowl. Kate DiCamillo and Scieszka team up to offer a hilarious correspondence between Joe and an author who knows how to hold her own with unmotivated students. While these shorter stories may not have the liveliness of the authors' full novels, each one is solid, and more importantly, it offers an introduction to that author's style and voice. Don't be surprised if students come seeking longer works by David Lubar, Christopher Paul Curtis, and other contributors after sampling them in this collection. Scieszka promises future volumes featuring other genres, among them nonfiction, sports, and action/adventure.&12; Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Starred Review for Publishers Weekly
All of the 10 stories in this first volume in the ""Guys Read Library"" are solid, and several are stellar. Mac Barnett's volume-opener, ""Best of Friends,"" sets the tone%E2%80%94no bad deed will go unpunished. The squeamish (and probably all parents) are advised to avert their eyes from Jack Gantos's ""The Bloody Souvenir."" Rex has provided full-page artwork for each story, as well as his take on a school for superheroes. Artemis Fowl fans will relish Eoin Colfer's admission about the inspiration for his young criminal mastermind. Jeff Kinney describes the psychological warfare he subjected his younger brother to while growing up. A true gem comes from the editor's desk%E2%80%94Scieszka and Kate DiCamillo pen an epistolary exchange between a writer and a student. ""I am supposed to ask the questions. You are supposed to send back the author answers,"" the student writes. ""That is all you have to do."" Future volumes will cover such genres as nonfiction, science fiction, mystery, and sports. If they're as good as this one, boys%E2%80%94and girls%E2%80%94are in for a treat. Ages 8%E2%80%9312. (Oct.)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* The funny fellow (Jon Scieszka) with the impressive title (Emeritus National Ambassador for Children's Literature) presents a collection of 10 humorous (you were expecting tragedy?) stories by some leading lights in literature for young readers. This is the first volume of the promised official Guys Read library, which is named for Scieszka's well-known Web site, designed, like this book, to encourage boys to read. And what better way to start than with this collection of howlers by the likes of Eoin Colfer, David Lubar, Christopher Paul Curtis, and other yuk-inducing luminaries. Standouts include Kate DiCamillo (the lone female among the authors) and editor Scieszka's charmer of a story in letters between a famous author named Maureen O'Toople and a boy named Joe; David Yoo's wacky, laugh-out-loud story about a disappointed father and an evil turkey; and from the diabolical imagination of Jack Gantos, a cautionary tale about dangerous friends and rusty pliers. A must-have collection for the boys in your library d while you're at it, get a copy for the girls, too!
Word Count: 53,113
Reading Level: 5.1
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.1 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 143038 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 840L

Funny Business, the first volume in Jon Scieszka's Guys Read Library of Great Reading, features ten short stories guaranteed to delight, amuse, and possibly make you spit your milk in your friend's face.

There's something for everyone in this collection of short stories from some of the funniest writers around. This hilarious, offbeat first installment in the Guys Read Library is 100% grade-A humor, guaranteed to have kids of all ages asking for more.

Authors include Mac Barnett, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Kate DiCamillo & Jon Scieszka, Paul Feig, Jack Gantos, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar, Adam Rex, and David Yoo, with illustrations by Adam Rex.

Best of friends / by Mac Barnett
Will / by Adam Rex
Artemis begins / by Eoin Colfer
Kid appeal / by David Lubar
Your question for author here / by Kate DiCamillo & Jon Scieszka
A fistful of feathers / by David Yoo
Unaccompanied minors / by Jeff Kinney
What? You think you got it rough? / by Christopher Paul Curtis
My parents give my bedroom to a biker / by Paul Feig
The bloody souvenir by Jack Gantos.

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