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Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True…

Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka (vuoden 2008 painos)

– tekijä: Jon Scieszka (Tekijä)

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How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.
Teoksen nimi:Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka
Kirjailijat:Jon Scieszka (Tekijä)
Info:Viking Books for Young Readers (2008), Edition: First Edition, 112 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):****1/2
Avainsanoja:autobiography, brothers, childhood, humor, growing up, family, memories

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Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka (tekijä: Jon Scieszka)

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A hilarious autobiography of Jon Scieszka. Tells of his childhood in Michigan with his brothers.
Themes - Autobiography, brothers, childhood
A great example of an enjoyable autobiography. ( )
  kjwatkins78 | May 15, 2020 |
This is a memoir of childhood by the Library of Congress’ first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature,children’s author Jon Scieszka. I checked it out from the local library because it was being touted for possible Newbery honors back in January 2009. Jon grew up as the second-oldest of six brothers in a Polish Catholic family in Flint, Michigan, in the late 50s and 60s, and his father used to call them all knuckleheads.

After reading the 106-page, heavily-illustrated Knucklehead, one can see how Scieszka came up with books like The Stinky Cheese Man, Math Curse, Squids Will Be Squids,, and Baloney (Henry P.). With its comic-book-like cover, Knucklehead is aimed more at ages 9-12, also the target of Scieszka’s “Time Warp Trio” series (which now have comic-book-like covers on reissue paperbacks, in keeping with the Discovery Kids TV series of the same name).

However, I wonder if the real audience of this book is anyone who, like Scieszka (who is two years older than me), was a child in the late 50s and 60s, who also has brothers or sons (if you have only sisters and daughters, you might not get some of the humor). There was SO much in this book I could relate to – the nuns at Catholic School (and pagan babies), big families with hand-me-down special outfits and Halloween costumes, “Dick and Jane” readers, broken collarbones (my baby sister!), and playing in sewer pipes and ravines (OK, it was the neighborhood ditch in my case, but the same in that I wasn’t supposed to play there). I suspect my brothers (aka Cousin Weak Eyes and Brother Bad Aim) could relate to even more, particularly the bathroom “sword fights,” plastic army men, and model airplanes. As the oldest of five Catholic-schooled children myself, I think I remember my dad referring to all of us as knuckleheads, and I remember vacations with all seven of us piled in a station wagon.

With 38 two-to-four-page chapters, and numerous family photographs, clip art, period pictures, and other relevant illustrations (report cards, x-rays, etc.), the book is an easy read for reluctant readers, and would also be a great read-aloud for any age. I can really see Boomers like me reading this to our kids (or grandkids!). Not surprisingly, it should especially appeal to boys. Scieszka also founded the non-profit literacy initiative, GUYS READ. ( )
1 ääni rdg301library | Oct 2, 2019 |
Hilarious book! Jon Scieszka's fiction books are always funny, (think of The Stinky Cheese Man and try not to laugh!) but this memoir of his years growing up with his crazy brothers is knee-slappingly funny. From pranks they played on each other to the horrors of hand-me-down clothing to everything in between, and illustrated with photos from the Scieszka family album, you'll find yourself wishing your family was half as much fun. A good companion book to Chris Crutcher's King of the Mild Frontier, his stories of growing up with his older brother who always dared him to "see something neat!" Knucklehead is more for younger, elementary-age kids, whereas Crutcher's book is for older readers. But they both take place during the 1950's and 60's and have that same sense of knock-em-down brotherhood spirit about them. ( )
  GoldieBug | Mar 26, 2019 |
Hey, Knucklehead! A children's librarian put this book into my hands recently. Well, not actually MY hands, but the hands of an 11-year-old boy I was helping with a Boy Scout reading merit badge. The librarian explained this skinny book was the true story of silliness and terror and sometimes oddness of a boy in Flint, Michigan growing up with five brothers in the '50's. Then she said: Just read it! So I did and was taken on a thoroughly enjoyable adventure. If you want some insight into where an award-winning author gets his ideas, here's the book for you. Or maybe you just need a good laugh. Just read it! ( )
  lowie35 | Jul 18, 2018 |
I grew up with 3 brothers and 2 sisters. We definitely have some stories from our childhood that we still love laughing about as adults. Jon Scieszka was also one of 6 children, but he grew up in a household of boys. He and his 5 brothers got into some mischief growing up in the 50s and 60s, and this is the basis of this hilarious autobiography. The word "knucklehead" in the title first caught my attention because it is a word I heard my own father use many times in reference to my brothers and the idiotic antics they pursued. Scieszka grew up around the same time as my parents and many of the unbelievably, yet believable stories that he tells remind me so much of stories that my own parents have told me of their childhoods.
The chapter titles alone are hilarious and intriguing enough to entice readers to find out the story behind it. From "Who Did It?" to "That Was Weird" to "Stop Breathing My Air," which is the chapter that had my sides aching, each of the 38 brief, story-telling chapters depicts an event or a memory from Scieszka's time growing up with his brothers that keep the reader wanting to turn the pages to see what's next.
As far as access features and format is concerned, this book utilizes them well. We get a concise table of contents, that clearly coincides with each designated chapter, making it easy for the reader to refer back to reread certain stories that you couldn't just read once (obviously speaking from experience here). The book also contains what Scieszka aptly names "Not Your Usual Index," which contains things like "fart. We do not say that. see gas, pass" and "My Air, Stop Breathing It" (I don't want to spoil any potential readers, but I cannot stress enough the hilarity of this chapter). This may be the first index that I've actually read in its entirety because, not only did it provide page numbers for what I was looking for, it also became a continuation of the book. The chapters themselves are short and sweet, and they each contain accompanied photographs of the stories told. As I read, I discovered that the pictures became funnier if I read the entire chapter before looking at them. This simple layout of quick anecdote with a picture for reference fit perfectly with the tone of this book.
I happened to go to my parent's house the night I came home with this book and placed it on the kitchen counter. My mother picked it up (intrigued by the word "knucklehead" just as I was), read through the first two chapters, grabbed her ipad, and ordered the book to send to my dad who was out of town. Any book that makes you want to pick it up, read the first few pages, and immediately purchase a copy for someone you know would love it is definitely a sign of a good book. Jon Scieszka's autobiographical laugh fest is worth the read! ( )
  rbmckenna1121 | Feb 21, 2018 |
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I grew up in Flint, Michigan, with my five brothers - Jim, Tom, Gregg, Brian, and What's-His-Name. The youngest one. Oh yeah --- Jeff.
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