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 is a collection of original short stories, but these arent your typical anthologies—each book is edgy, inventive, visual, and one-of-a-kind, featuring a different theme for guys to get excited about.
Funny Business is based around the theme of—what else?—humor, and if youre familiar with Jon and Guys Read, you already know what youre in store for: ten hilarious stories from some of the funniest writers around. Before youre through, youll meet a teenage mummy; a kid desperate to take a dip in the worlds largest pool of chocolate milk; a homicidal turkey; parents who hand over their sons room to a biker; the only kid in his middle school who hasnt turned into a vampire, wizard, or superhero; and more. And the contributor list includes bestselling author, award winners, and fresh new talent alike: Mac Barnett, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Kate DiCamillo (writing with Jon Scieszka), Paul Feig, Jack Gantos, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar, Adam Rex, and David Yoo.
Guys Read is all about turning young readers into lifelong ones—and with this book, and each subsequent installment in the series, we aim to leave no guy unturned.
About the Author
Mac Barnett is the author of several picture books, including Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, Guess Again!, and Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mysteries. Mac is the founder of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers, and serves on the board of 826LA, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center.
Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) is the New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster Artemis Fowl series, among many other works. He was born in Wexford on the southeast coast of Ireland in 1965 and first developed an interest in writing in elementary school, captivated by the Viking stories inspired by history that he was reading at the time. He has worked in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Italy, and his first book, Benny and Omar, published in 1998, was based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been translated into many languages. In 2001, the first Artemis Fowl book was published to great success. His Artemis Fowl books have now sold over twelve million copies worldwide.
Kate DiCamillo is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux, winner of the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor Book; and The Tiger Rising, a National Book Award finalist. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Utterly dude worthy.
A must-have collection for the boys in your library—and while you’re at it, get a copy for the girls, too!
-Booklist (starred review)
Future volumes will cover such genres as nonfiction, science fiction, mystery, and sports. If they’re as good as this one, boys--and girls--are in for a treat.
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Funny Business, sets the bar high....Will have readers laughing as they turn the pages.
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)