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Guys Write for Guys Read: Boys' Favorite Authors Write About Being Boys Paperback – Deckle Edge, April 10, 2008
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I will wait patiently for my chance to finish the book and will encourage Dan to write his own review but wanted to share the fun this book had brought us. I can see that we will be sharing this with Dad, Grandfather, and my young adult son and that this will be a college graduation gift for my daughter's boyfriend. What a great summer reading book for the whole family.
I saw this book in a Scholastic Book Order my social studies teacher handed out one day, and it looked pretty interesting. I have read hundreds, if not thousands, of books over the past thirteen years, and this is one of them that really meant something special. There are lots of great short stories and funny comics and illustrations that talk about everything: Dates, dads, siblings, dares, weight (yes weight), theft, cartoons, wrestling, sports, Boy Scouts and countless others. Boredom while reading this book is sure to be a rarity. What I also like about this great read is that at the end of each story or drawing is a brief synopsis of the author/illustrator's biography and a selected bibliography which highlights some of the inspiration for the author's works. I've read all the stories about three times and I'm eager to read them a fourth. Get this book, and you won't be disappointed. If you're like me, and you enjoy reading, pick up this book and laugh and cry at the countless tales of joy and woe. But hey, even if you hate reading and solemnly swear that you'll never touch a book for as long as you live, maybe Guys Write for Guys Read might just might change your mind.
A 13 year old
Except that it's not true. Guys aren't from another planet any more than girls are. Guys are complex, funny, thoughtful, and sometimes downright hysterical. And no matter what kind of guy you are, there's a story in GUYS WRITE FOR GUYS READ that you will like and a guy writer who probably, in one way or another, felt a lot of the things you feel right now.
Jon Scieszka's anthology brings together the best male writers and artists around to write (or draw, or paint) about everything from dangerous books (Neil Gaiman) to the inability to resist danger in the form of the neighbor's homemade electric chair (Jack Gantos), to a very secret Lettermens' club initiation that involved raw oysters, olives, and shoes (Chris Crutcher). Every piece in this book, whether humorous or heartbreaking, conveys the spirit of what it means to be a son, a father, a friend, a hiker on the trail of self-discovery, and most importantly, a guy.
Even if you're a guy who normally hates to read, check out this book (you can read it one essay at a time if you're busy with sports, girls, or raiding the fridge), and take a look at Jon Scieszka's website, GuysRead.com.
I'd comment more on the book, but the guy in my life has stolen it and won't return it.
--- Reviewed by Carlie Webber
Founder of the Guys Read program, Jon Scieska (The Stinky Cheese Man) compiles a variable collection of works where "boys' favorite authors write about being boys." In an effort to encourage boys to read, this anthology has short stories, essays and even illustrations that are proven to keep a boy's interest long enough to hopefully keep him reading for a lifetime.
Authors like Avi, Jack Gantos, Anthony Horowitz, James Howe, Brian Jacques, Stephen King and Gary Paulsen have all contributed to this 70+ piece collection. Rick Reilly's "Funny You Should Ask" from The Life of Reilly might be my favorite. While sitting outside with his son, after a deep question, Reilly tries to explain to his son why they are on earth. "We're here to nail a yield sign with an apple core from half a block away. We're here to make our dog bite on the same lame fake throw for the gazillionth time. We're here to win the stuffed bear or go broke trying." After finishing his long list, readers learn that the son was actually asking why they were at the park when they were supposed to have picked up mommy a while ago. Esquire magazine shares some helpful "rules" to follow, while Jack Gantos teaches you what not to do through experience in "The Follower." There are some great shared experiences, such as Anthony Horowitz's "My French Teacher Tried to Kill Me" and Daniel Pinkwater's "Lone (star) Ranger." From peeing on the electric fence to collecting comic books to making the big sports play (or not), this book has something for at least every boy.
While some pieces are obviously better than most, what attracts me is the variety of the collection.Read more ›
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I read one story to my students , "Beer, Barf, and Bonding," and they LOVED it. Most stories are good, though I ripped out a few that I felt were "shady" for young... Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by dar
Have you ever wondered how a short story or book could change you life? In this funny, rich collection of stories, mini memories, poems, comics, and drawings you will find one of... Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by 6thOdyssey
Guys Write for Guys Read is a collection of short essays, drawings and more from some of our best male authors. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by PickybutFair
I ordered several short story anthologies from the library wanting to offset my student's study of classic fictional short stories (by such authors as Poe, O.Henry, etc). Read morePublished on August 31, 2012 by onomatopoeiamom
Being an avid fan of Jon Scieszka over the years, I was certain this book would be a hit. This one wasn't as popular with them as other stories from the series of books. Read morePublished on May 25, 2012 by Theresa Otto
I've never bothered to write a review before, but I stumbled across this book as I was purchasing a few others for my 11-year-old son. Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by FancyNancy
"Guys Write for Guys Read" has a variety of stories that all have to do with being a guy. It has many different authors writing these short stories about when they were boys. Read morePublished on June 12, 2011
This collection contains over 90 "stories, mini-memoirs, advice, poems, comics, and drawings" produced by famous authors, illustrators and editors of magazines popular with boys of... Read morePublished on March 22, 2011 by Julee Rudolf
Many of these mini-stories are funny and grab your attention. And then along comes ANOTHER one that goes "When I was growing up in the 60's... Read morePublished on November 14, 2010 by M. Heiss