Walden Pond Press, Hardcover, 9780061963742, 268pp.
Publication Date: September 21, 2010
It's here: Volume One of the official Guys Read Library. Jon Scieszka's 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 aren t 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 you re familiar with Jon and Guys Read, you already know what you re in store for: ten hilarious stories from some of the funniest writers around. Before you re through, you ll meet a teenage mummy; a kid desperate to take a dip in the world's largest pool of chocolate milk; a homicidal turkey; parents who hand over their son's room to a biker; the only kid in his middle school who hasn t 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.
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)