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Content Review: Guys Write for Guys Read by Jon Scieszka

By: Jon Scieszka                                                                                                              Reviewed by: Amy and Austin (12)
 
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Age intended: 12 and up                              
Age of main Character: varies
 
       Scieszka has put together a diverse and fast-paced anthology of scribblings and stories that deserves a permanent place in any collection serving middle graders. The book features brief contributions from scores of heavyweight authors and illustrators like Walter Dean Myers, Dan Gutman, Chris Crutcher, Avi, Brian Jacques, Dav Pilkey, Stephen King, Daniel Pinkwater, Jerry Spinelli, Will Hobbs, Chris Van Allsburg, Laurence Yep, and frequent collaborator Lane Smith. If there's one overarching theme here, it's the simple but important message: "read what you like, when you like, whatever that happens to be." Several other themes reappear in multiple selections. Among them are the importance of fathers, what it is to become a "real" man, how childhood reading predicted and shaped an author's future, adventures and misadventures in sports, why it's okay to be a "guy's guy," and, conversely, never being a "guy's guy" and finding out that that's okay, too. Boys who are constantly doodling–even when they're not supposed to–will be particularly inspired by contributions from successful illustrators like Tony DiTerlizzi, Timothy Basil Ering, and Brett Helquist, who've dug up their old, shaky drawings from parents' attics to show boys just what they were creating when they were kids. While the anthology arguably contains not one single masterpiece, there's something undeniably grand about this collective celebration of the intellectual life of the common boy.
 
 
Sexual Content:
   
     Minor
   
 
Violence:
     
     Minor
 
        - Very descriptive about what a body looks like after being in the ocean for six months
 
 
Language:
     
     Minor
  
 
What I thought about it:
 
This was a truly great book. Great Authors. Great Writing. Great.
This book was funny, clever, educational, and just a clever guy book.
Next to the Dangerous Book for Boys, this is my favorite book that is just for guys, about guys, and tells you how to be a better guy.
 
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  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (April 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670011444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670011445