Resources Jon Scieszka is a guy who writes books — funny books. Scieszka is the guy who wrote the first episode of The Exquisite Corpse Adventure. Scieszka is also one of six Scieszka brothers who grew up "wrestling in the living room, fighting at the dinner table, and tying up the babysitter. This and other such warm recollections of family togetherness inspire our first Exquisite Prompt.
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Scieszka attended high school at Culver Military Academy. He entered Albion College with the intention of studying medicine ; after graduating in , however, he studied creative writing at Columbia University , earning an M. While attempting to forge a career as a novelist, Scieszka found work teaching at a private elementary school on the Upper East Side of New York City.
His experiences there inspired him to try writing for children. As a writer and teacher, Scieszka noticed that boys were less likely than girls to read, and the boys who did read tended to favour nonfiction, humour, or other forms not typically assigned by their mostly female teachers. Scieszka founded an Internet-based literacy movement called Guys Read, which encouraged boys to read and men to serve as reading role models. He based the movement on the belief that the key to producing more adult male readers was to let boys read what engaged them rather than forcing them to read specific selections.
Several publishers rejected the work on the grounds that it was too sophisticated for its intended audience, but Viking Press published it in , and the book received citations from The New York Times and the American Library Association. Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription.
Subscribe today Scieszka then quit teaching and devoted himself full-time to writing. Two other notable series were Trucktown and Frank Einstein. In addition, Scieszka wrote the autobiographical Knucklehead and Robot Zot!
Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka
Start your review of Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka Write a review Jul 12, Betsy rated it really liked it To adults that dont normally wander through the shelves of childrens literature the notion of the autobiography for kids is a pretty odd beast. You write a book about yourself, sure. But why would you make the primary audience for that book people who think that boogers and farts are the height of wit and sophistication? Fact of the matter is an autobiography written with a child audience in mind needs a hook. Your life, particularly your life as a kid, has to have had something interesting about it. Not Jon Scieszka.
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