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

Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories of Growing


  • Paperback
  • 106 pages
  • Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka
  • Jon Scieszka
  • English
  • 23 September 2018
  • 067001138X

10 thoughts on “Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka

  1. Betsy Betsy says:

    To adults that don t normally wander through the shelves of children s literature the notion of the autobiography for kids is a pretty odd beast You write a book about yourself, sure But why would you make the primary audience for that book people who think that boogers and farts are the height of wit and sophistication Fact of the matter is an autobiography written with a child audience in mind needs a hook Your life, particularly your life as a kid, has to have had something interesting ab To adults that don t normally wander through the shelves of children s literature the notion of the autobiography for kids is a pretty odd beast You write a book about yourself, sure But why would you make the primary audience for that book people who think that boogers and farts are the height of wit and sophistication Fact of the matter is an autobiography written with a child audience in mind needs a hook Your life, particularly your life as a kid, has to have had something interesting about it Many of us probably look back on those years only to sigh and determine that absolutely nuthin interesting went on back then that would sufficiently engage a ten year old Not Jon Scieszka You want a hook Try five brothers Five brothers and Catholic school Five brothers and Catholic school and a mess of stories involving bodily functions and super cool and not so cool toys Mr Scieszka proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that when it comes to recounting your youth, there s nothing like a plethora of XX chromosomes to keep the readers reading He was born the second Scieszka, after Jim, before Tom, Gregg, Brian, or Jeff You want to know where the author of books like The Stinky Cheese Man gets his ideas This book provides the answer Using bite sized chapters rarelythan two to three pages in length we get a firsthand account of what it s like to grow up as a child of the fifties and sixties alongside five other bros where being a guy takes up all of your time The book is written in such a way that readers are almost encouraged to flip back and forth through it to get all the good stuff, but in the order they prefer So if you happened to skip Chapter 13 about Gregg s broken collarbone and you get to Chapter 19 which references the incident in passing, never fear It s easy to take Knucklehead as it comes to you There are thirty eight chapters in total and each one s a heckuva lot of fun Read enough of these authorial auto bios and after a while you start seeing similarities That section about peeing on the heater in the bedroom Well that s mighty similar to the peeing on the heater section in Chris Crutcher s book King of the Mild Frontier Not because one was cribbed from the other or anything It just seems that peeing on heaters is one of those universal things boys like to do, and it sure does make for great reading As I read Scieszka s book I also started flashing back to some talks I ve heard fellow author Eoin Colfer give about his own years with a big family, and the disgusting hijinks he and his siblings engaged in When the candid and the funny are one and the same, you ve got the makings of a hit on your hands Actually, maybe I shouldn t use the word candid Since the subtitle of this book says that it involves tall tales and mostly true stories then the readers should have some fun trying to figure out where Jon exaggerates It s tough A lot of these are so weird you can t help but think they re true That story about how Jon would faux call the Bad Boys Home while brother sitting Sounds about right The one about breaking Gregg s collarbone Jon has the photographic proof right there and even a picture where Gregg looks like he s a third grade pro football player No, I think my doubting Thomas nature came into playalong the lines of the chapter called Car Trip which involves brothers, a cat, and an unfortunate pecan nut log in a vomit fest that certainly strains at the tensile threats of my credulity And maybe the dry cleaning bag incident I mean it s just too cool The design of this book is groovy, keen, awesome, neato no question From the faux ads on the back to the sheer overwhelming swath of photographs, graphs, x rays, pictures, and clip art peppered throughout, this puppy s a visual humdinger The kind of thing that makes you scratch your head and say, I wonder if he would have gotten this much cool art design help if he wasn t our National Ambassador of Children s Literature Which is an uncharitable thought, perhaps, so you d have to banish it from your brain forthwith and just enjoy the pictures instead It s clear that Mr Scieszka, creator of the Guys Read movement that encourages boys to read, knows how to make an autobiography that reluctant readers will dig Everything about this book is tailor made for the kid who thinks that they don t like books The chapters are very short and the text continually broken up by the visuals In New York anyway the go to autobiography assigned by teachers over and over again is Jerry Spinelli s Knots in My Yo Yo String Now at long last it looks as if Jerry will finally see a challenger to his throne I ve heard Mr Scieszka present one or two of the chapters of this book live and since he has a tendency to go off script particularly when he s discussing his own life there are things he has mentioned live that didn t quite make it into Knucklehead That s okay I don t think anyone s going to accuse the man of not including enough information As a reluctant reader pick and the kind of autobiography kids are going to fight to read first, this book is definitely a must add title for any library s shelves Good clean stuff Without the clean part so much.Ages 9 12


  2. Malbadeen Malbadeen says:

    The problem with Jon Scieszka is that I like him so unabashedly that I m not sure I can be objective about his books He is funny in a silly but not an immature way He is honest with kids laughingly admitting that not only does he watch t.v uh, ah, hush hush but he gets ideas from t.v His respect for kids is evident in his demeanor, his writing and other professional pursuits He s like the relative you re actually excited to see at the family reunion And this book is like being the you The problem with Jon Scieszka is that I like him so unabashedly that I m not sure I can be objective about his books He is funny in a silly but not an immature way He is honest with kids laughingly admitting that not only does he watch t.v uh, ah, hush hush but he gets ideas from t.v His respect for kids is evident in his demeanor, his writing and other professional pursuits He s like the relative you re actually excited to see at the family reunion And this book is like being the younger kid in the room while that reunion takes place and you get to hear all the crazy silly stupid things your dad and his siblings did when they were young.It is a chapter by chapter memory of events such as sword fighting with streams of urine, making a younger sibling eat cigarette butts, tying a babysitter in the closet, etc and they re all true and all from his childhood.I am tempted to not mention the fact that this book can be read in one siting by an accomplished reader and is perfect for reluctant readers, with its ultra short chapters and plain but NOT boring speak, because it stands on its own as a super fun read that lets you further into the world of an author BUT onegreat thing about Jon Scieszka is his focus on bringing the reluctant reader specifically boys into the fold of READER And you ll just have to trust me, or better yet, read this book and check out his website to know that he does it, as per his norm, in a respectful, genuine, fun way that might actually work for some kids.www.guysread.com


  3. Monica Edinger Monica Edinger says:

    This was a very quick and enjoyable read I read the ARC as the book is due out this fall and will be curious to see how it looks in its final form It consists of a series of short amusing stories about the author s childhood Very boyish, lighthearted, and a lot of fun to read There are stories that made me think of other books e.g severalerpissingepisodes , but there didn t seem to be as many injured animals in this one especially if you don t count Jon s youngest brother One This was a very quick and enjoyable read I read the ARC as the book is due out this fall and will be curious to see how it looks in its final form It consists of a series of short amusing stories about the author s childhood Very boyish, lighthearted, and a lot of fun to read There are stories that made me think of other books e.g severalerpissingepisodes , but there didn t seem to be as many injured animals in this one especially if you don t count Jon s youngest brother One thing about those pissing stories I remember being around five and having quite the argument with a neighbor boy about girls not being able to piss as easily as boys and trying to prove him wrong But, hell, while I may have been able to pull down my pants and do what I needed to do in the backyard bushes, I did not have the necessary equipment to have fought the Scieszka bros pissing wars The book is direct, the author doesn t shy away from not so nice behaviors such as charging his brother to allow him to stay up late when babysitting , and it just gives a sense of a rather happy childhood in the vein of Christopher Paul Curtis s Watson s Go to Birmingham which takes place in Flint during the same time period although, of course, is much weightier themewise in terms of humor and a close knit family.I m guessing not having been a boy myself that many of these stories are going to really grab boys in particular The intent, no doubt Do look out for it


  4. Lynn Lynn says:

    What a treat The format is so appealing it looks like a comic book and the chapters are short and filled with the exploits of 6 little boys growing up in Flint, Michigan Boys will love this book If you are a boy, were a boy, grew up with boys or raised or taught boys you will love this book It is the kind of book you read aloud to anyone within earshot Or you try to read it aloud I was laughing so hard I had to end up giving the book to my husband to read for himself There is a chapter What a treat The format is so appealing it looks like a comic book and the chapters are short and filled with the exploits of 6 little boys growing up in Flint, Michigan Boys will love this book If you are a boy, were a boy, grew up with boys or raised or taught boys you will love this book It is the kind of book you read aloud to anyone within earshot Or you try to read it aloud I was laughing so hard I had to end up giving the book to my husband to read for himself There is a chapter that has a car trip, a Stuckey s pecan log and a barfing cat that had me laughing so hard I got the hiccups Sheer pleasure Thank you Jon Scieska


  5. Heather McC Heather McC says:

    There s plenty of brotherly love to go around in Scieszka s memoir, told in a scrapbook fashion with photographs, report cards, vintage toy advertisements, and plenty of knuckleheaded antics.


  6. Kirsti Kirsti says:

    Entertaining stories about growing up with five brothers in Michigan in the 1960s What I learned Don t leave your army guy in the toaster, even if he is a rifleman and you want him to aim a little higher.


  7. paula paula says:

    Jon Scieszka has five brothers Jon Scieszka is a funny writer Ergo, Jon Scieszka s stories about growing up with his five brothers funny Oh yeah I laughed out loud I read bits aloud to the librarians in the workroom who wanted to know just what was so damn funny, and they laughed out loud But we re moms Moms of boys We have to think boys are funny, or else go googoo and end up carted away in a van.And I also believe that Knucklehead will make children laugh out loud There is fire, th Jon Scieszka has five brothers Jon Scieszka is a funny writer Ergo, Jon Scieszka s stories about growing up with his five brothers funny Oh yeah I laughed out loud I read bits aloud to the librarians in the workroom who wanted to know just what was so damn funny, and they laughed out loud But we re moms Moms of boys We have to think boys are funny, or else go googoo and end up carted away in a van.And I also believe that Knucklehead will make children laugh out loud There is fire, there is urination There is getting away with stuff, and there is not a single one of those Peruvian hats with the pigtails down the side that make everyone EVERYONE look like Luke Wilson making his very best confused face.Sorry Distracted Been writing in a coffee house lately while my house gets some work done While we re in there fixing the deviated ceiling, how about we give you a whole new kitchen at the same time Wouldn t you like your kitchen to look like THIS I believe that s also how my mother s cousin Margaret got Patty Duke s nose Back to Knucklehead Funny, definitely funny Very reminiscent of Bill Sleator s Oddballs, also a collection of funny stories from the author s childhood, many involving mud And while the author packs in plenty of forbidden fruit, like how to construct a mortar Don t try this at home yeah thanks, Mr Ambassador My kids get ahold of this and we can say bye bye to the attic window If we re lucky , there are also tons of positive messages about the joys of playing outside, the glories of Go, Dog Go , the good things about grandparents, Reading Is Fun, and the value of military academy Also, the chapters are short enough and the reading level low enough to hand it to, oh, grade 2 and above.But the thing is, I have never successfully gotten a kid to read Oddballs The fault in the case of that book may lie with the cover, which is I thinkappealing to grownups who like Joseph Cornell and Robertson Davies than it is to kids But it may be the nostalgia It may be that kids just aren t as interested in true life stories that aren t recognizable to them.If it s the cover, the Scieszka book is going to go better the cover of Knuckleheads resembles a pulp comic book, with 9 year old G.I Jon popping out of a tank turret But if it s the nostalgia listen, I m only ten years younger than our Ambassador, but the world described in Knuckleheads already feels like my parents generation Men in skinny ties, nuns in habits with full wimple.On the other hand, the family that took us in and fed us last night mentioned that they are reading Knuckleheads together, and laughing their butts off Specifically, the Crossing Swords chapter was mentioned, and I ll say this Crossing Swords, in which Scieszka describes how he and his brothers could turn even going to the bathroom into an opportunity for imaginative play and hoo boy is that the most sedate description you ll ever read for that particular activity , may well establish this book as the passed around page marked Diary of a Wimpy Kid for this year I ll even go so far as to call those few pages Jon Scieszka s ticket to immortality, and that s saying something.Certainly we ll be mentioning his name as we mop up the bathroom floor here s to you, Mr Ambassador


  8. jo jo says:

    I ve said it before and I ll say it again Jon Scieszka is a creative genius.Knucklehead Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka is a hilarious memoir geared toward the 9 12 set filled with short vignettes about what it s like to grow up in a family of six kids Six boys, no less And just in case that family structure alone isn t comedy itself, try this six boys in Catholic school.Of course, growing up in a family of six kids myself we were five girls, one boycomedy of I ve said it before and I ll say it again Jon Scieszka is a creative genius.Knucklehead Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka is a hilarious memoir geared toward the 9 12 set filled with short vignettes about what it s like to grow up in a family of six kids Six boys, no less And just in case that family structure alone isn t comedy itself, try this six boys in Catholic school.Of course, growing up in a family of six kids myself we were five girls, one boycomedy of another sort , the stories made me grin, guffaw, and repeatedly force my husband to read and re read chapters It s that kind of book The kind you have to share because it s just cruel to keep that much funny to yourself.After the first couple chapters, I decided to ration myself and only read one chapter a night I didn t want it to end, and what better way to go to sleep than after a good chuckle More than anything, Knucklehead is a testament to the strength of sibling relationships Jon Scieszka s book illuminates the mystery of how you can sell your brother his own shirt, get him to eat a burnt out cigarette butt, pee on him, and even break his collar bone, and still come out laughing on the other side.Here s an NPR story about Kucklehead with some excerpts from the book at the bottom of the page.Here s a great Reading Rockets interview with Jon Scieszka about growing up with five brothers, teaching elementary school, his unconventional style, and how to get boys interested in reading


  9. Tasha Tasha says:

    I firmly believe that Jon Scieszka set out to write the most boy friendly book in the world, and succeeded This autobiographical book has all the elements that boys want It is guaranteed to fly off the shelves thanks to the amazing vintage comic book cover When boys read it, they are bound to share it with their friends thanks to the firecrackers, peeing, barfing, and continuous wild antics of the Scieszka brothers But what the cover and the louder moments of the book won t reveal is the lov I firmly believe that Jon Scieszka set out to write the most boy friendly book in the world, and succeeded This autobiographical book has all the elements that boys want It is guaranteed to fly off the shelves thanks to the amazing vintage comic book cover When boys read it, they are bound to share it with their friends thanks to the firecrackers, peeing, barfing, and continuous wild antics of the Scieszka brothers But what the cover and the louder moments of the book won t reveal is the lovely tone of the book that captures boyhood and brotherhood with such ease The author is right there laughing with us at each event, loving looking back into his childhood together He is also doing other important things, vital things for his young male readers He is showing boys that it is just fine to be pure boys To be silly, wild, crude, and violent That humor is contagious and that laughing together is powerful That being unique or even a little odd is just fine And that adults need not approve for it to be a great great story.I read this book aloud to my sons at bedtime During the two weeks we shared the book together, they asked to go to bed EARLY multiple times to hear the story continue There was a visceral connection there, a community of men and boys being built, there was wonder, humor, and definitely wild abandon.Anyone looking for an incredible read aloud for boys has found it here Age appropriateness is up to you as a parent There are crude things here in all of their bodily function glory I happily read it to my own seven year old, but probably would not use it with a class of 2nd graders This is a treasure of a nonfiction book Share it with the knuckleheads in your life


  10. Arminzerella Arminzerella says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Jon grew up with his parents and his 5 brothers in a small house in Flint, Michigan The brothers got into plenty of scraps with one another, which earned them the fond knuckleheads appellation from their father My favorite story is the one where Jon and his brother put out their space heater by peeing on it Yeah, that wasn t a great idea A close second is the story about how the boys mother isconcerned with proper grammar and vocabulary than she is about the fact that her sons ar Jon grew up with his parents and his 5 brothers in a small house in Flint, Michigan The brothers got into plenty of scraps with one another, which earned them the fond knuckleheads appellation from their father My favorite story is the one where Jon and his brother put out their space heater by peeing on it Yeah, that wasn t a great idea A close second is the story about how the boys mother isconcerned with proper grammar and vocabulary than she is about the fact that her sons are peeing on each other I m sorry, urinating on each other Kids and particularly boys are likely to pee themselves urinate themselves reading these and other tales from Knucklehead.Viking Press should be happy with its marketing department the cover on this book is great a photo of Jon s face is super imposed onto a comic esque image of an army guy popping his head out of a tank that s obviously in the middle of some kind of war zone making this an appealing biography for reluctant reader guys who doesn t want to know about the kid in the tank For kids that still don t know who Jon Scieszka is, remind them he s the author of the ever popular Stinky Cheese Man And Other Fairly Stupid Tales, as well as Squids Will Be Squids These two silly books should rouse them to appreciate his mostly true childhood stories Chapters in Knucklehead are short, and sometimes repeat words phrases sentences from other chapters, but this should help reluctant or beginning readers master the textquickly


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Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka❰BOOKS❯ ⚡ Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka Author Jon Scieszka – Polishdarling.co.uk 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 wi How did Jon Scieszka get so Tales and PDF/EPUB ç 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 Knucklehead: Tall Epub / provides a unique glimpse into the formation of a creative mind and a free spiritWatch a QuickTime trailer for this book.


About the Author: Jon Scieszka

Jon Scieszka is a writer and Tales and PDF/EPUB ç teacher He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children Occasionally he has been known to howl at the full moon From the dust jacket of The True Story of the Little PigsJon Scieszka is also the author of the best selling ALA Notable Book, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, as well as Knucklehead: Tall Epub / Knights of the Kitchen Table, and The Not So Jolly Roger He teaches at The Day School in Manhattan where he is known as Mr Scieszka He lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn where he is known as Dad From the dust jacket of The Frog Prince Continued.



10 thoughts on “Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka

  1. Betsy Betsy says:

    To adults that don t normally wander through the shelves of children s literature the notion of the autobiography for kids is a pretty odd beast You write a book about yourself, sure But why would you make the primary audience for that book people who think that boogers and farts are the height of wit and sophistication Fact of the matter is an autobiography written with a child audience in mind needs a hook Your life, particularly your life as a kid, has to have had something interesting ab To adults that don t normally wander through the shelves of children s literature the notion of the autobiography for kids is a pretty odd beast You write a book about yourself, sure But why would you make the primary audience for that book people who think that boogers and farts are the height of wit and sophistication Fact of the matter is an autobiography written with a child audience in mind needs a hook Your life, particularly your life as a kid, has to have had something interesting about it Many of us probably look back on those years only to sigh and determine that absolutely nuthin interesting went on back then that would sufficiently engage a ten year old Not Jon Scieszka You want a hook Try five brothers Five brothers and Catholic school Five brothers and Catholic school and a mess of stories involving bodily functions and super cool and not so cool toys Mr Scieszka proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that when it comes to recounting your youth, there s nothing like a plethora of XX chromosomes to keep the readers reading He was born the second Scieszka, after Jim, before Tom, Gregg, Brian, or Jeff You want to know where the author of books like The Stinky Cheese Man gets his ideas This book provides the answer Using bite sized chapters rarelythan two to three pages in length we get a firsthand account of what it s like to grow up as a child of the fifties and sixties alongside five other bros where being a guy takes up all of your time The book is written in such a way that readers are almost encouraged to flip back and forth through it to get all the good stuff, but in the order they prefer So if you happened to skip Chapter 13 about Gregg s broken collarbone and you get to Chapter 19 which references the incident in passing, never fear It s easy to take Knucklehead as it comes to you There are thirty eight chapters in total and each one s a heckuva lot of fun Read enough of these authorial auto bios and after a while you start seeing similarities That section about peeing on the heater in the bedroom Well that s mighty similar to the peeing on the heater section in Chris Crutcher s book King of the Mild Frontier Not because one was cribbed from the other or anything It just seems that peeing on heaters is one of those universal things boys like to do, and it sure does make for great reading As I read Scieszka s book I also started flashing back to some talks I ve heard fellow author Eoin Colfer give about his own years with a big family, and the disgusting hijinks he and his siblings engaged in When the candid and the funny are one and the same, you ve got the makings of a hit on your hands Actually, maybe I shouldn t use the word candid Since the subtitle of this book says that it involves tall tales and mostly true stories then the readers should have some fun trying to figure out where Jon exaggerates It s tough A lot of these are so weird you can t help but think they re true That story about how Jon would faux call the Bad Boys Home while brother sitting Sounds about right The one about breaking Gregg s collarbone Jon has the photographic proof right there and even a picture where Gregg looks like he s a third grade pro football player No, I think my doubting Thomas nature came into playalong the lines of the chapter called Car Trip which involves brothers, a cat, and an unfortunate pecan nut log in a vomit fest that certainly strains at the tensile threats of my credulity And maybe the dry cleaning bag incident I mean it s just too cool The design of this book is groovy, keen, awesome, neato no question From the faux ads on the back to the sheer overwhelming swath of photographs, graphs, x rays, pictures, and clip art peppered throughout, this puppy s a visual humdinger The kind of thing that makes you scratch your head and say, I wonder if he would have gotten this much cool art design help if he wasn t our National Ambassador of Children s Literature Which is an uncharitable thought, perhaps, so you d have to banish it from your brain forthwith and just enjoy the pictures instead It s clear that Mr Scieszka, creator of the Guys Read movement that encourages boys to read, knows how to make an autobiography that reluctant readers will dig Everything about this book is tailor made for the kid who thinks that they don t like books The chapters are very short and the text continually broken up by the visuals In New York anyway the go to autobiography assigned by teachers over and over again is Jerry Spinelli s Knots in My Yo Yo String Now at long last it looks as if Jerry will finally see a challenger to his throne I ve heard Mr Scieszka present one or two of the chapters of this book live and since he has a tendency to go off script particularly when he s discussing his own life there are things he has mentioned live that didn t quite make it into Knucklehead That s okay I don t think anyone s going to accuse the man of not including enough information As a reluctant reader pick and the kind of autobiography kids are going to fight to read first, this book is definitely a must add title for any library s shelves Good clean stuff Without the clean part so much.Ages 9 12


  2. Malbadeen Malbadeen says:

    The problem with Jon Scieszka is that I like him so unabashedly that I m not sure I can be objective about his books He is funny in a silly but not an immature way He is honest with kids laughingly admitting that not only does he watch t.v uh, ah, hush hush but he gets ideas from t.v His respect for kids is evident in his demeanor, his writing and other professional pursuits He s like the relative you re actually excited to see at the family reunion And this book is like being the you The problem with Jon Scieszka is that I like him so unabashedly that I m not sure I can be objective about his books He is funny in a silly but not an immature way He is honest with kids laughingly admitting that not only does he watch t.v uh, ah, hush hush but he gets ideas from t.v His respect for kids is evident in his demeanor, his writing and other professional pursuits He s like the relative you re actually excited to see at the family reunion And this book is like being the younger kid in the room while that reunion takes place and you get to hear all the crazy silly stupid things your dad and his siblings did when they were young.It is a chapter by chapter memory of events such as sword fighting with streams of urine, making a younger sibling eat cigarette butts, tying a babysitter in the closet, etc and they re all true and all from his childhood.I am tempted to not mention the fact that this book can be read in one siting by an accomplished reader and is perfect for reluctant readers, with its ultra short chapters and plain but NOT boring speak, because it stands on its own as a super fun read that lets you further into the world of an author BUT onegreat thing about Jon Scieszka is his focus on bringing the reluctant reader specifically boys into the fold of READER And you ll just have to trust me, or better yet, read this book and check out his website to know that he does it, as per his norm, in a respectful, genuine, fun way that might actually work for some kids.www.guysread.com


  3. Monica Edinger Monica Edinger says:

    This was a very quick and enjoyable read I read the ARC as the book is due out this fall and will be curious to see how it looks in its final form It consists of a series of short amusing stories about the author s childhood Very boyish, lighthearted, and a lot of fun to read There are stories that made me think of other books e.g severalerpissingepisodes , but there didn t seem to be as many injured animals in this one especially if you don t count Jon s youngest brother One This was a very quick and enjoyable read I read the ARC as the book is due out this fall and will be curious to see how it looks in its final form It consists of a series of short amusing stories about the author s childhood Very boyish, lighthearted, and a lot of fun to read There are stories that made me think of other books e.g severalerpissingepisodes , but there didn t seem to be as many injured animals in this one especially if you don t count Jon s youngest brother One thing about those pissing stories I remember being around five and having quite the argument with a neighbor boy about girls not being able to piss as easily as boys and trying to prove him wrong But, hell, while I may have been able to pull down my pants and do what I needed to do in the backyard bushes, I did not have the necessary equipment to have fought the Scieszka bros pissing wars The book is direct, the author doesn t shy away from not so nice behaviors such as charging his brother to allow him to stay up late when babysitting , and it just gives a sense of a rather happy childhood in the vein of Christopher Paul Curtis s Watson s Go to Birmingham which takes place in Flint during the same time period although, of course, is much weightier themewise in terms of humor and a close knit family.I m guessing not having been a boy myself that many of these stories are going to really grab boys in particular The intent, no doubt Do look out for it


  4. Lynn Lynn says:

    What a treat The format is so appealing it looks like a comic book and the chapters are short and filled with the exploits of 6 little boys growing up in Flint, Michigan Boys will love this book If you are a boy, were a boy, grew up with boys or raised or taught boys you will love this book It is the kind of book you read aloud to anyone within earshot Or you try to read it aloud I was laughing so hard I had to end up giving the book to my husband to read for himself There is a chapter What a treat The format is so appealing it looks like a comic book and the chapters are short and filled with the exploits of 6 little boys growing up in Flint, Michigan Boys will love this book If you are a boy, were a boy, grew up with boys or raised or taught boys you will love this book It is the kind of book you read aloud to anyone within earshot Or you try to read it aloud I was laughing so hard I had to end up giving the book to my husband to read for himself There is a chapter that has a car trip, a Stuckey s pecan log and a barfing cat that had me laughing so hard I got the hiccups Sheer pleasure Thank you Jon Scieska


  5. Heather McC Heather McC says:

    There s plenty of brotherly love to go around in Scieszka s memoir, told in a scrapbook fashion with photographs, report cards, vintage toy advertisements, and plenty of knuckleheaded antics.


  6. Kirsti Kirsti says:

    Entertaining stories about growing up with five brothers in Michigan in the 1960s What I learned Don t leave your army guy in the toaster, even if he is a rifleman and you want him to aim a little higher.


  7. paula paula says:

    Jon Scieszka has five brothers Jon Scieszka is a funny writer Ergo, Jon Scieszka s stories about growing up with his five brothers funny Oh yeah I laughed out loud I read bits aloud to the librarians in the workroom who wanted to know just what was so damn funny, and they laughed out loud But we re moms Moms of boys We have to think boys are funny, or else go googoo and end up carted away in a van.And I also believe that Knucklehead will make children laugh out loud There is fire, th Jon Scieszka has five brothers Jon Scieszka is a funny writer Ergo, Jon Scieszka s stories about growing up with his five brothers funny Oh yeah I laughed out loud I read bits aloud to the librarians in the workroom who wanted to know just what was so damn funny, and they laughed out loud But we re moms Moms of boys We have to think boys are funny, or else go googoo and end up carted away in a van.And I also believe that Knucklehead will make children laugh out loud There is fire, there is urination There is getting away with stuff, and there is not a single one of those Peruvian hats with the pigtails down the side that make everyone EVERYONE look like Luke Wilson making his very best confused face.Sorry Distracted Been writing in a coffee house lately while my house gets some work done While we re in there fixing the deviated ceiling, how about we give you a whole new kitchen at the same time Wouldn t you like your kitchen to look like THIS I believe that s also how my mother s cousin Margaret got Patty Duke s nose Back to Knucklehead Funny, definitely funny Very reminiscent of Bill Sleator s Oddballs, also a collection of funny stories from the author s childhood, many involving mud And while the author packs in plenty of forbidden fruit, like how to construct a mortar Don t try this at home yeah thanks, Mr Ambassador My kids get ahold of this and we can say bye bye to the attic window If we re lucky , there are also tons of positive messages about the joys of playing outside, the glories of Go, Dog Go , the good things about grandparents, Reading Is Fun, and the value of military academy Also, the chapters are short enough and the reading level low enough to hand it to, oh, grade 2 and above.But the thing is, I have never successfully gotten a kid to read Oddballs The fault in the case of that book may lie with the cover, which is I thinkappealing to grownups who like Joseph Cornell and Robertson Davies than it is to kids But it may be the nostalgia It may be that kids just aren t as interested in true life stories that aren t recognizable to them.If it s the cover, the Scieszka book is going to go better the cover of Knuckleheads resembles a pulp comic book, with 9 year old G.I Jon popping out of a tank turret But if it s the nostalgia listen, I m only ten years younger than our Ambassador, but the world described in Knuckleheads already feels like my parents generation Men in skinny ties, nuns in habits with full wimple.On the other hand, the family that took us in and fed us last night mentioned that they are reading Knuckleheads together, and laughing their butts off Specifically, the Crossing Swords chapter was mentioned, and I ll say this Crossing Swords, in which Scieszka describes how he and his brothers could turn even going to the bathroom into an opportunity for imaginative play and hoo boy is that the most sedate description you ll ever read for that particular activity , may well establish this book as the passed around page marked Diary of a Wimpy Kid for this year I ll even go so far as to call those few pages Jon Scieszka s ticket to immortality, and that s saying something.Certainly we ll be mentioning his name as we mop up the bathroom floor here s to you, Mr Ambassador


  8. jo jo says:

    I ve said it before and I ll say it again Jon Scieszka is a creative genius.Knucklehead Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka is a hilarious memoir geared toward the 9 12 set filled with short vignettes about what it s like to grow up in a family of six kids Six boys, no less And just in case that family structure alone isn t comedy itself, try this six boys in Catholic school.Of course, growing up in a family of six kids myself we were five girls, one boycomedy of I ve said it before and I ll say it again Jon Scieszka is a creative genius.Knucklehead Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka is a hilarious memoir geared toward the 9 12 set filled with short vignettes about what it s like to grow up in a family of six kids Six boys, no less And just in case that family structure alone isn t comedy itself, try this six boys in Catholic school.Of course, growing up in a family of six kids myself we were five girls, one boycomedy of another sort , the stories made me grin, guffaw, and repeatedly force my husband to read and re read chapters It s that kind of book The kind you have to share because it s just cruel to keep that much funny to yourself.After the first couple chapters, I decided to ration myself and only read one chapter a night I didn t want it to end, and what better way to go to sleep than after a good chuckle More than anything, Knucklehead is a testament to the strength of sibling relationships Jon Scieszka s book illuminates the mystery of how you can sell your brother his own shirt, get him to eat a burnt out cigarette butt, pee on him, and even break his collar bone, and still come out laughing on the other side.Here s an NPR story about Kucklehead with some excerpts from the book at the bottom of the page.Here s a great Reading Rockets interview with Jon Scieszka about growing up with five brothers, teaching elementary school, his unconventional style, and how to get boys interested in reading


  9. Tasha Tasha says:

    I firmly believe that Jon Scieszka set out to write the most boy friendly book in the world, and succeeded This autobiographical book has all the elements that boys want It is guaranteed to fly off the shelves thanks to the amazing vintage comic book cover When boys read it, they are bound to share it with their friends thanks to the firecrackers, peeing, barfing, and continuous wild antics of the Scieszka brothers But what the cover and the louder moments of the book won t reveal is the lov I firmly believe that Jon Scieszka set out to write the most boy friendly book in the world, and succeeded This autobiographical book has all the elements that boys want It is guaranteed to fly off the shelves thanks to the amazing vintage comic book cover When boys read it, they are bound to share it with their friends thanks to the firecrackers, peeing, barfing, and continuous wild antics of the Scieszka brothers But what the cover and the louder moments of the book won t reveal is the lovely tone of the book that captures boyhood and brotherhood with such ease The author is right there laughing with us at each event, loving looking back into his childhood together He is also doing other important things, vital things for his young male readers He is showing boys that it is just fine to be pure boys To be silly, wild, crude, and violent That humor is contagious and that laughing together is powerful That being unique or even a little odd is just fine And that adults need not approve for it to be a great great story.I read this book aloud to my sons at bedtime During the two weeks we shared the book together, they asked to go to bed EARLY multiple times to hear the story continue There was a visceral connection there, a community of men and boys being built, there was wonder, humor, and definitely wild abandon.Anyone looking for an incredible read aloud for boys has found it here Age appropriateness is up to you as a parent There are crude things here in all of their bodily function glory I happily read it to my own seven year old, but probably would not use it with a class of 2nd graders This is a treasure of a nonfiction book Share it with the knuckleheads in your life


  10. Arminzerella Arminzerella says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Jon grew up with his parents and his 5 brothers in a small house in Flint, Michigan The brothers got into plenty of scraps with one another, which earned them the fond knuckleheads appellation from their father My favorite story is the one where Jon and his brother put out their space heater by peeing on it Yeah, that wasn t a great idea A close second is the story about how the boys mother isconcerned with proper grammar and vocabulary than she is about the fact that her sons ar Jon grew up with his parents and his 5 brothers in a small house in Flint, Michigan The brothers got into plenty of scraps with one another, which earned them the fond knuckleheads appellation from their father My favorite story is the one where Jon and his brother put out their space heater by peeing on it Yeah, that wasn t a great idea A close second is the story about how the boys mother isconcerned with proper grammar and vocabulary than she is about the fact that her sons are peeing on each other I m sorry, urinating on each other Kids and particularly boys are likely to pee themselves urinate themselves reading these and other tales from Knucklehead.Viking Press should be happy with its marketing department the cover on this book is great a photo of Jon s face is super imposed onto a comic esque image of an army guy popping his head out of a tank that s obviously in the middle of some kind of war zone making this an appealing biography for reluctant reader guys who doesn t want to know about the kid in the tank For kids that still don t know who Jon Scieszka is, remind them he s the author of the ever popular Stinky Cheese Man And Other Fairly Stupid Tales, as well as Squids Will Be Squids These two silly books should rouse them to appreciate his mostly true childhood stories Chapters in Knucklehead are short, and sometimes repeat words phrases sentences from other chapters, but this should help reluctant or beginning readers master the textquickly


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