Praise for Who Done It?
"Go buy this book for your kids. Every kid on the planet needs this book. And the extra bonus is that proceeds from Who Done It? benefit 826nyc, the literacy non-profit founded by Dave Eggers!"
—NCBLA Executive Director Mary Brigid Barrett
"Well worth a read."
—The Guardian (UK)
"Wonderful and fun to read. Included in these pages is some fabulous description, lots and lots of creativity...[will] keep even the pickiest teen happy for hours."
—Tulsa Books Examiner
“Curl up and check out the laugh-out-loud alibis.”
"Who Done It? is essentially a who’s who of fabulous YA...And they’re all talking. But someone’s lying. The 'alibis' range from poetry to comics, and are hilarious."
“With a lively blend of self-incrimination and finger-pointing, Who Done It? will keep readers guessing to the end.”
"Filled with in-jokes and carried to ridiculous extremes by a mammoth stable of YA and children’s authors...clever."
"The finger-pointing and self-incrimination begin in every form imaginable...David Levithan offers his alibi in verse....Indeed, the pen is being used mightily to drum up support for creative writing; proceeds from sales will benefit Dave Eggers’ (another among the accused) 826 program in New York."
"Jon Scieszka combines humor and Clue style campy mystery in his Who Done It?"
"How did you get my phone number? Stop calling me or I'm getting the police involved."
—Maureen Johnson, author of The Name of the Star and The Last Little Blue Envelope
—Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay and Where I Went
"Who are you? Why are you writing down everything I'm saying? What book? What are you talking about?"
—Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events and Who Could That Be at This Hour?
"Papery. And rectilinear."
—Barry Lyga, author of I Hunt Killers
"Of all the books I've ever read, this was definitely the most recent."
—Jennifer Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
"If you already know who done it, this is not the book for you."
—Mo Willems, author of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
—Jo Knowles, author of See You At Harry's
—Kiersten White, author of Paranormalcy
"My God. It's full of words."
—Kieran Scott, author of the He's So/She's So trilogy
"Not enough pictures."
—Ricardo Cortés, co-author of Go the Fk to Sleep
"Cures everything from sleeplessness to insomnia."
—Natalie Standiford, author of The Secret Tree
—Lisa Brown, How to Be
"Who is Jon Scieszka?"
—Casey Scieszka, co-author of To Timbuktu
"I'll get back to you with a blurb as soon as I have some time."
—Leslie Margolis, author of Everybody Bugs Out
"This book is full of slanders, falsehoods, and outrageous defamations of character. In other words, it was perfect!"
—Adam Gidwitz, author of A Tale Dark and Grimm
"Without a doubt, one of the top 10,000 books of the year."
—Robin Wasserman, author of The Book of Blood and Shadow
"Stays crunchy in milk."
—Gordon Korman, author of Swindle
"It makes an excellent step so I can reach all my shoes."
—Kate Brian, author of the Private series
"What an outrageous, hysterical, cheesy, fantastic, ingenious book!"
—Emily’s Crammed Bookshelf
"Funny, creative, and clever. Buy a copy for yourself and another for a young reader in your life."
—Beth Fish Reads
Herman Q. Mildew is a renowned editor, mostly known for his cruelty toward the authors he works with, and he’s throwing a party at an abandoned pickle factory; he has blackmailed more than 80 authors into attending. Unsurprisingly, Mildew is found dead at the party. This anthology is composed of the suspects’ alibis, each entry written by one of the authors accused of the heinousbut possibly justifiedcrime. Contributing authors include Lemony Snicket, Dave Eggers, Lev Grossman, and John Green. The casual talk of murder and a few instances of understandable adult language make this anthology more suited for 12 year olds and up. Rebecca Gibel’s narrating is a bit theatrical, but considering she is impersonating a group of authors who are describing the wrongs inflicted upon them by an evil editor, it is appropriate. Listeners may want to start with Scieszka’s “Introductory Interrogation,” then skip around to their favorite authors’ contributions (try Patrick Carmen’s and Elizabeth Craft’s alibis), and end with the “Verdict,” which is also by Scieszka. The tracks are nicely laid out, with one for each author, which makes moving around a breeze.
Verdict Recommended for fans of YA and locked-room mysteries.Samantha Matush, Clara B. Mounce P.L., Bryant, TX
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A routine writing exercise filled with in-jokes and carried to ridiculous extremes by a mammoth stable of YA and children's authors. Produced to benefit the creative writing program 826NYC, the anthology consists of alibis of various length offered by 83 (!) alphabetically ordered contributors accused of killing evil editor Herman Q. Mildew. Along with making frequent reference to cheese (the stinky sort, natch), pickles and frozen legs of lamb, some "suspects" protest their inability to meet any deadline (Libba Bray) or map out a scheme ("Plotting has never been my strong point. Just read any of my books," writes Sarah Darer Littman). Others protest that they adored the victim despite his habit of callously rejecting their story ideas, mistreating their manuscripts, insulting their pets, calling them at odd hours and bilking them of royalties. Dave Eggers and Greg Neri provide lists of explicitly described ways in which they did not kill Mildew, Mo Willems and Michael Northrup claim to have been off killing someone else at the time, and Elizabeth Eulberg, Mandy Hubbard, John Green, Lauren Myracle and several others shift the blame to fellow writers. Young readers, even the sort who worship authors, will find their eyes soon glazing over. Clever in small doses--tedious after the first few dozen entries. (author bios) (Belles lettres. 10-12)