Sunday, June 08, 2008

Book Review: Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka

48 Hour Challenge Book 6
Started: Sunday, 12:00 pm
Finished: Sunday, 12:35 pm

Book: Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories About Growing Up Scieszka
Author: Jon Scieszka
Published: October 2, 2008

Once upon a time, there were six brothers, growing up in the wilds of Flint, Michigan. The second brother would go on to become a best-selling author and the nation’s first Children’s Literature Ambassador. But first, he’s got to get through Cub Scouts, Catholic school, and Halloweens dressed as a giant bunny . . .

This is the kind of book I want to use in book talks all the time, because there are so many passages that beg to be used. Like, “I learned how to cook because I like to stir oatmeal more than I like to pick up dog poop.” Of course, any knucklehead knows there’s more to that story.

Like most author autobiographies, it’s also fascinating to see the influences that went into his work. More a collection of vignettes than an autobiography, this book is perfect for any fan of Jon Scieszka’s who wanted to know where he gets his ideas. Be prepared to learn that truth is way stranger than fiction, and also to laugh like a loon.

No comments: