The Exquisite Corpse Adventure

A Progressive Story Game

By M. T. Anderson; Natalie Babbitt; Calef Brown
(Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763657734, 276pp.)

Publication Date: August 23, 2011

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Description
Take twenty top kids authors and illustrators. Give them free rein to take turns creating a zany progressive story. What could possibly happen next?
It all starts with a train rushing through the night. . . . Well, actually, it starts when Jon Scieszka, former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, writes a cliff-hanger episode and passes it on to the next member of a cast of celebrated writers and illustrators, who continues the story and passes it on. And what happens between episodes one and twenty-seven? Think werewolves and mad scientists, a talking pig, plenty of explosions, a blue Star Wars lunchbox, two meatballs, a whole army of villains and varmints, and one just plain bad egg. Not to mention our heroes, eleven-year-old twins Nancy and Joe, raised in a circus, who must find the pieces of a Top-Secret Robot in order to rescue their parents before . . . tick, tick, tick
A collaboration between the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance and the Library of Congress's Center for the Book, THE EXQUISITE CORPSE ADVENTURE originated as a national literacy project for young people and helped launch the READ.gov website.



About the Author
M.T. Anderson is the author of the Pals in Peril series; "The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing", which won the National Book Award; "The Game of Sunken Places"; "Burger Wuss"; "Thirsty"; and "Feed", which was a finalist for the National Book Award, a "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Honor Book, and the winner of the "Los Angeles Times" Book Award for Young Adults. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit him at MT-Anderson.com.

A gifted artist and writer, Natalie Babbitt is the award-winning author of the modern classic "Tuck Everlasting", "The Eyes of the Amaryllis", "Kneeknock Rise" and many other brilliantly original books for young people. She began her career in 1966 as the illustrator of "The Forty-ninth Magician", a collaboration with her husband. When her husband became a college president and no longer had time to collaborate, Babbitt tried her hand at writing. Her first novel, "The Search for Delicious", established her gift for writing magical tales with profound meaning. "Kneeknock Rise" earned her a Newbery Honor Medal, and in 2002, "Tuck Everlasting" was adapted into a major motion picture. Natalie Babbitt lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a grandmother of three.

Calef Brown began his career as a tour guide at an early age, when he discovered the simple joy of pointing things out. He is also an artist, writer, and frequently a blue elephant. Mr. Brown s illustrations have appeared in many magazines and newspapers, and his paintings have been exhibited in N.Y., L.A., S.F., and other places without fancy initials, like Osaka and Rome. He lives in Maine.
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