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

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

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

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670011384
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/02/2008
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 63,070
Product dimensions: 9.88(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

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 books 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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Knucklehead 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
AmiSegna More than 1 year ago
...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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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elfboy11 More than 1 year ago
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.
T-Beloncik More than 1 year ago
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.