Monday, January 4, 2010

All Hail the King--of Guy Reading!

That would be, of course, none other than the great Jon Scieszka, author of The Time Warp Trio series, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, and lots of others. A lot of bloggers are singing his praises today because he's finishing a two-year term as National Ambassador of Children's Literature and we want to add to the chorus. But on top of that, we want to salute him as the King of Guy Reading. Not only has he been a terrific author, not only has he been the national Ambassador of Children's Literature, but he has been for many years the # 1 advocate of Guy Reading. He has tirelessly proclaimed that Reading For Guys Is Cool. He has written many books guys love, criss-crossed the country promoting Guy Reading, and established the best reading website for guys there is. (check it out on the Links section on the left-hand side of the page--it's at the top!) Many thanks to you, Mr. S! Long may you wear the crown!

My favorite JS book? Would have to Knuckleheads, his autobiography. Funny, funny, funny and very real. He and the CARLMAN grew up in the same era, so I can especially relate. (especially with the chapter that talks about the time he ordered some plastic soldiers, ships, and tanks through the mail--the EXACT SAME THING happened to me!) But all guys can relate to his story--and laugh with it! See my original review here.



Franki said...

I join you in saluting him as the King of Guys Reading too! Absolutely!

Jon Scieszka said...

Thanks for joining in the Ambassador Chorus, CarlDog.

And thanks for all of your efforts to help boys connect with reading.

Iron Guy Carl said...

Thank YOU, Mr. S! You've been an inspiration. (BTW, it's CARLMAN!)