Friday, June 10, 2005

Jon Scieszka on Boy Fic.. Sorry, Guy Fic

Scieszka, famous for such amazing reads as The True Story of the Three Little Pigs has a new title out called Guys Write for Guys Read. Its an anthology of guy authors writing about and for guys.. boys really, but we won't say that too loud.

Along with the book, Scieszka is unveiling an awesome new website, Guys Read which features book recommendations for boys. Hooray! Boys are by far the toughest to pitch books to, as a lady librarian. Some guys don't believe I would know a good book if it poked me in the eye, because after all, I'm a girl.

One problem with the site is that its sectioning of age groups (Young Guys, Middle Guys, Older Guys) lumps books like The Beast by Walter Dean Myers, with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in one age group (Middle). That is really no help to anyone not already familiar with titles and authors.

Bookslut has the interview.


At 12:21 AM, Blogger debka_notion said...

Dare I express my distaste for Walter Dean Myers if he's who I think he is? Writes a lot about youngish teens in the city? We spent 7th grade reading 2 of his books and two books my John Steinbeck, and neither author made me happy. The former were way too easy for a 7th grade honors English class, and the latter were just unpleasing for kids who have yet to develop a taste for the general death and destruction that comes with classic literature...

Then my 7th grade English teacher got fired because he failed to pass his certification exams for the 3rd year in a row.

Sorry the story wasn't so relevant, but it seemed amusing, and rather relevant by author. But then, I'm not a guy.

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