Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories about Growing Up Scieszka

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How did Jon Scieszka get so funny, anyway? Growing up as one of six brothers was a good start, but that was just the beginning. Throw in Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, jokes told at family dinner, and the result is Knucklehead. Part memoir, part scrapbook, this hilarious trip down memory lane provides a unique glimpse into the formation of a creative mind ...

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Overview

How did Jon Scieszka get so funny, anyway? Growing up as one of six brothers was a good start, but that was just the beginning. Throw in Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, jokes told at family dinner, and the result is Knucklehead. Part memoir, part scrapbook, this hilarious trip down memory lane provides a unique glimpse into the formation of a creative mind and a free spirit.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 3-6

Just try to keep kids away from this collection. Inspired book design makes the volume look like an old-school comic. The front cover features an elementary-aged Scieszka popping up out of a military tank, surrounded by explosions and bombers, while the back advertises a "Treasure Chest of Fun" and displays chapter titles and excerpts along with nostalgic graphics. Scieszka answers the oft-asked question, "Where do you get your ideas?" with a slew of childhood anecdotes and his family's escapades that have given him plenty of material from which to draw. Born in 1954, the second of six brothers, he writes about Catholic and military schools, buying gifts, chores, and hand-me-downs-all familiar experiences related with a specific Scieszka twist. His mother, a nurse, insisted that her sons use proper terms for anatomy ("rectum" rather than "butt") and bodily functions ("urinate" rather than "pee"), making way for several laugh-out-loud moments. Some stories are just amiably funny, such as wearing recycled Halloween costumes, while others help readers understand more about how the author developed his unique sense of humor. Although it includes the car trip story from Guys Write for Guys Read (Viking, 2005), Knucklehead is aimed at a younger audience. Family photographs and other period illustrations appear throughout. Entertaining and fast-moving, silly and sweet, this homage to family life is not to be missed.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA

Kirkus Reviews
Offering an answer to the perennial query about where his ideas come from, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature looks back to his early 1960s youth. Fans will not be surprised to learn that, except for his mother (a nurse, fortunately) he grew up in an all-male household: father, five brothers and "even our dogs and cats and fish." The resulting memories include group pukes in the back seat, slipping toy soldiers into the Christmas creche, playing neighborhood games like "Slaughterball" and idyllic summer expeditions into the woods around his grandparents' cottage-not to mention the pleasures of random dips into the household children's encyclopedia and spurning "those weirdos Dick and Jane" to "find out more about real things like dogs in cars and cats in hats." Illustrated with truly dorky school-yearbook photos and family snapshots, this account of a thoroughly normal childhood doesn't match Gary Paulsen's memoirs for hilarity or Tomie DePaola's for cultural insight, but it will draw chuckles of amusement from middle-graders (particularly less eager readers) and of recognition from their parents and grandparents. (Autobiography. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670011063
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  • Publication date: 10/2/2008
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 691,568
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Scieszka

Multiple award-winning author Jon Scieszka grew up in Flint, Michigan, the second oldest and the nicest of six boys. Jon went to school at Culver Military Academy in Indiana where he was a Lieutenant; Albion College in Michigan where he studied to be a doctor; and Columbia University in New York, where he received an M.F.A. in fiction. He taught elementary school in New York for ten years in a variety of positions. He is the author of many boks for children including the New York Times Best Illustrated Book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (illustrated by Lane Smith), the Caldecott Honor book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (illustrated by Lane Smith), and Math Curse (illustrated by Lane Smith).  In addition to his work as an author, Jon also runs a web-based literacy program called “Guys Read” that is designed to encourage boys, particularly reluctant readers, to get involved with books. In 2008, Jon was named the country’s first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a joint effort of the Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council. During his two-year role as Ambassador, he acted as a spokesperson for children’s literature, speaking to groups of parents, teachers, and children to encourage the importance of reading. You can visit Jon online at www. jsworldwide.com.

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  • Posted October 30, 2008

    If you have boys...

    ...and I have five. I shook my head reading about things mine have already done, and groaned reading about things I know they will probably do the next time my back is turned. Hysterical! I think this one will enjoy a varied audience - kids can appreciate the stories without being familiar with the time period, while those in their fifties will be reading the chapter on Catholic schools out loud to each other. The short chapters and subject matter should tempt some reluctant readers (pee, vomit, and blowing things up, what more could you ask for?) A good coffee table book, Christmas gift, or one to keep in the car and read in waiting rooms. Well done! Now I have to go hide the matches from my boys...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    There wasn't a student in my class, girls included, who did not laugh out loud while reading this book and my very reluctant readers reread it! Lots of discussions followed each very short chapter.

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    Posted August 4, 2009

    Kelsea Lanos/Student Reviewer

    I think Knucklehead Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories Growing Up Scieszka featuring Jon Scieszka is a good book. This book contains short chapters and very funny stories in each chapter. I recommend this book to readers who love adventure. Also, I would recommend this book to children who like stories about characters that are mischievous and creative.

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  • Posted April 19, 2009

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    REALLY REALLY GREAT

    THE FUNNIEST BIO I'VE EVER READ. IF YOU THOUGHT YOUR FAIMLY IS WIERD JUST READ ABOUT HIS. THIS WOULD BE A VERY FUN BOOK TO DO A REPORT ON. IF YOUR A GUY YOU CAN MAJORLY RELATE TO THIS. THIS BOOK IS PROBELY FOR 8 TO 100O YEAR OLDS. NOT VERY CHALLENGING BUT VERY FUN. A GREAT SUMMER READ.

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  • Posted December 21, 2008

    A step back in time!

    Big families were much more common "back in the day." And Jon has a great way of shining his "memory light" on the good times and the funny times. People were not rich, so even one gift, or one vacation, became memorable. Couldn't help feeling nostalgic. This book would be more appreciated by the middle-aged crowd, than by children. Loved it.

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