The Exquisite Corpse Adventure (Paperback)

A Progressive Story Game

By Natl Children's Book & Literacy Alliance

Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763657734, 276pp.

Publication Date: August 23, 2011



Take twenty top kids' authors and illustrators. Give them free rein to take turns creating a zany progressive story. What could possibly happen next? (Ages 9-12)

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 website.

Praise For The Exquisite Corpse Adventure: A Progressive Story Game

As gleefully entertaining as it is preposterously ludicrous...Go with the flow and enjoy the ride.
—Publishers Weekly