Books by Jon Scieszka

Former teacher, Jon Scieszka, founded the Guys Read literacy initiative in response to the struggle many boys face with reading—a struggle that can have a negative impact on their self-esteem, their success in school, and their futures. He is the enormous


BATTLE BUNNY by Jon Scieszka
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"An enthusiastically taboo, devil-may-care outing for combat fans—and a great writing inspiration to use on old books headed for the bin. (Picture book. 5-10)"
What if a creative, military-obsessed kid took a pencil and went to town on a boring old book? Read full book review >
OTHER WORLDS by Jon Scieszka
edited by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Greg Ruth
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"The perennially tantalizing "What if…" gets an above-average workout here. (author bios; not seen) (Short stories. 10-13)"
The fourth Guys Read collection presents an all-star lineup with nine new stories and one oldie-but-goody. Read full book review >
SPACEHEADZ by Jon Scieszka
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Secret codes…science and math tidbits…hamster-translation websites…and the odd flying whale. ULTRA FRESH! (Humorous science fiction. 7-10)"
With the evil SPHDZ in control of the Brainwave, is there any hope left for mankind…or hamsterkind? Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Clever in small doses—tedious after the first few dozen entries. (author bios) (Belles lettres. 10-12)"
A routine writing exercise filled with in-jokes and carried to ridiculous extremes by a mammoth stable of YA and children's authors. Read full book review >
THE SPORTS PAGES by Jon Scieszka
Released: Sept. 8, 2012

"The stories here offer action, humor and lessons about life and may well do the trick of connecting boys and books. (Short stories. 9-13)"
Ten writers and athletes contribute sports stories written exclusively for this volume. Read full book review >
SPACEHEADZ by Jon Scieszka
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

Alien Spaceheadz approach their goal of recruiting 3.14 million + one Earthling SPHDZ…can they save Earth!?

Fifth grader Michael K. and his human friends Venus and TJ have done a whizbang job of helping advertisement-spewing, oddball aliens Bob, Jennifer and Major Fluffy (their leader and hamster) recruit. Read full book review >

THRILLER by Jon Scieszka
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"This anthology is brimming with choice stuff for guys who appreciate the uncanny, the uncouth and the un-put-down-able. (Short stories. 9-13)"
This second collection in the Guys Read series packs a dizzying punch. Read full book review >
SPACEHEADZ by Jon Scieszka
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

Tapped to save the world by advertisement-spouting alien SPHDZ Jen and Bob (who resemble human kids), beleaguered fifth grader Michael K. continues his quest to recruit 3.14 million earthlings to be Spaceheadz lest the Earth be turned off. Read full book review >
FUNNY BUSINESS by Jon Scieszka
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Your brain is doing some great work when it's laughing," states evangelist Scieszka in this humorous anthology, the first of a proposed Guys Read series that promises to cover a range of genres. Read full book review >

SPACEHEADZ by Jon Scieszka
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 22, 2010

P.S. 858 fifth grader Michael K. had hoped for a normal first day in his new school, but what he gets is crazy-weird. Read full book review >

ROBOT ZOT! by Jon Scieszka
FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

Robot Zot invades Earth, vowing to destroy all earthly enemies—mostly kitchen appliances, as Zot measures a whopping four inches high. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

Offering an answer to the perennial query about where his ideas come from, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature looks back to his early 1960s youth. Read full book review >

WALT DISNEY’S ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Jon Scieszka
CLASSICS
Released: Sept. 2, 2008

As with 2007's Walt Disney's Cinderella, written by Cynthia Rylant, this volume showcases the color sketches of Blair, who was a production designer for many of Disney's classic animated films. Read full book review >

PETE’S PARTY by Jon Scieszka
FICTION
Released: June 3, 2008

This weak title, one in an early-reader series that's part of Scieszka's Trucktown brand, purports to provide active children with a similarly rambunctious easy-to-read package. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

The irrepressible Scieszka has set his sites on entertaining a younger crowd and getting them (boys especially) hooked on the joys of reading. Read full book review >

COWBOY & OCTOPUS by Jon Scieszka
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

The Dynamic Duo set a new standard for unlikely pals in seven mini-tales on the ins and outs—and responsibilities—of buddyhood. Read full book review >

NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

The complaint that there aren't enough books for boys can be dismissed after seeing Scieska's new collection, for which 88 writers and illustrators have contributed work. Read full book review >

SEEN ART? by Jon Scieszka
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

A child goes to the Museum of Modern Art looking for his friend Art, but finds lots of art instead. Read full book review >

SCIENCE VERSE by Jon Scieszka
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

In 1995, Mrs. Fibonacci laid a Math Curse; this year, it's Mr. Newton who says, " . . . if you listen closely enough, you can hear the poetry of science in everything." Read full book review >

VIKING AND LIKING IT by Jon Scieszka
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

Another adventure in history by the boys in the Time Warp Trio. Read full book review >

SAM SAMURAI by Jon Scieszka
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

Guys writing poetry? Read full book review >

BALONEY (HENRY P.) by Jon Scieszka
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

It's "Permanent Lifelong Detention" for Henry P. Baloney, unless the tardy alien can come up with "one very good and very believable excuse" for Miss Bugscuffle. Read full book review >

HEY KID, WANT TO BUY A BRIDGE? by Jon Scieszka
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2001

Fred, Sam, and Joe once again time-travel with the help of The Book. Read full book review >

SEE YOU LATER, GLADIATOR by Jon Scieszka
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

Never ones to learn from past mistakes, Joe, Sam, and Fred, collectively the Time Warp Trio, again horse around until they knock open The Book and are whisked away to another era. Read full book review >

IT'S ALL GREEK TO ME by Jon Scieszka
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

Scieszka and Lane's intrepid heroes of The Time Warp Trio are once again up to their necks in very silly historical circumstances. Read full book review >

SQUIDS WILL BE SQUIDS by Jon Scieszka
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

This latest bright, glib collection of tales irreverently updates Aesop-like fables as Beavis and Butthead might have rewritten them. Read full book review >

SUMMER READING IS KILLING ME by Jon Scieszka
FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1998

In this latest Time Warp Trio entry, Fred, Joe, and Sam have sworn off using that volume of dangerous time-travel, The Book. Read full book review >

MATH CURSE by Jon Scieszka
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

An unsuspecting student falls victim to the Math Curse when her teacher notes that ``You can think of almost everything as a math problem.'' Suddenly, everything is: ``I wake up at 7:15. Read full book review >

THE STINKY CHEESE MAN by Jon Scieszka
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

From the front jacket copy (``...56 action-packed pages, 75% more than those old 32-page `Brand-X' books'') to the Little Red Hen's back-cover diatribe (``Who is this ISBN guy?''), the parodic humor here runs riot. Read full book review >

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE GOOFY by Jon Scieszka
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1992

"The humor's not quite so freewheeling here, but kids will enjoy the nonstop action, undeterred by the occasional more thoughtful details. Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)

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A third fast-paced entry in the ``Time Warp Trio'' series (initiated with Knights of the Kitchen Table, 1991) takes the boys from watching a cowboys-and-Indians show that one of them describes as ``just a bad character actor reinforcing mindless stereotypes'' to a parodied western adventure that's just as lively but more PC: The cowboys are multiracial, and when the boys are captured by Indians, there's a debate about their potentially gruesome fate; ultimately, the good braves save the boys from Custer's cavalry and are in turn saved by the boys as they contrive to return to the present. Read full book review >

THE FROG PRINCE, CONTINUED by Jon Scieszka
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

The co-author (with A. Wolf) of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (1989) assays another humorous embroidery of a traditional tale with somewhat less notable success. Read full book review >

KNIGHTS OF THE KITCHEN TABLE by Jon Scieszka
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1991

The author of the hilarious The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (1989) comes up with an entertaining formula in this first ``Time Warp Trio'' story: Narrator Joe is given a magic book (''The Book'') that transports him and two friends to King Arthur's Britain, where they find themselves confronted by a fearsome Black Knight—who's easy to defeat with some quick dodging when he's in mid-charge. Read full book review >

THE NOT-SO-JOLLY ROGER by Jon Scieszka
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1991

A second ``Time Warp Trio'' story (cf. Read full book review >

THE TRUE STORY OF THE 3 LITTLE PIGS by Jon Scieszka
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"Not for little children, but middle grades and up should be entertained while taking the point about the unreliability of witnesses."
One of life's more important lessons is that a second view of the same events may yield a story that is entirely different from another but equally "true." Read full book review >