Guys Read: Other Worlds edited by Jon Scieszka

6 Nov


What do you get when you mix  Jon Scieszka, Rick Riordan , Tom Angleberger and 8 other great authors together?

A GREAT collection of weird and fantastic sci-fi stories!

Guys Read: Other Worlds edited by Jon Scieszka

352 pages – ages 8+

Book 4 in the Guys Read series

Published by Walden Pond Press on September 17, 2013

Summary- Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on another planet, be attacked by alien warlords, or even be taken over by evil robo-shoes?  This is the book for you! The Guys Read series have collections of short stories by different authors. In this book all of the stories are Sci-Fi (one of my favorite genres). There are ten stories in all and the authors are –

Tom Angleberger

Ray Bradbury

Shannon Hale

D.J. MacHale

Eric Nylund

Kenneth Oppel

Rick Riordan

Neal Shusterman

Rebecca Stead

Shaun Tan

with illustrations by Greg Ruth

Opinion- The stories  in the collection are all written in different styles (which I thought made it really cool). Rick Riordan wrote a new Percy Jackson short story for the book (very cool). I particularly loved Bouncing the Grinning Goat by Shannon Hale because it had a medieval feel to it with swords and mystical powers.  There is even one story by Shaun Tan that is completely graphic and pretty cool. I was introduced to some really great authors that I didn’t know before (Ray Bradbury, Rebecca Stead) that I am planning to read more of their books. Of course, I loved Tom Angleberger’s “Rise of the RoboShoes” and Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo.” Both were funny and were the great stories I expect out of two of my favorite authors.  Because they Guys Read series is a bunch of short stories, they are great to read when you don’t have a lot of time or for kids who are reluctant readers. I think boys will love this book, although I know a lot of girls who are into Sci-Fi too!

To learn more about the Guys Read series please visit the official website HERE!

Five out of Five Bookworms for Guys Read: Other Worlds! fivebooks

I highly recommend this series to kids! The other books are great as well. (See my review of Guys Read Thriller HERE).

funny thriller sports

33 Responses to “Guys Read: Other Worlds edited by Jon Scieszka”

  1. Angela Brown November 6, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    The title caught my attentions, especially given recent concern expressed about boys and men not reading as much these days. It’s good know this is out there as something that can be a sort of “brick hint” that that guys do read and that these stories would be ones guys could enjoy.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      I think the series is a great idea! The short stories are a good idea for reluctant readers too. Thank you Ms. Brown!


  2. readingwithrhythm November 6, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    That Mr Scieszka seems to be everywhere lately! Doing good things! This looks like a whopping good idea. I’ll have to check these out. They look like something my library needs to have for sure. Thanks!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 8, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

      The whole series is really good for reluctant readers and even though it is meant for boys, I bet a lot of girls will like them!


  3. Catherine Johnson November 6, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    Super find, Erik!


  4. Genevieve Petrillo November 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    When is the “Dogs Read” series coming out? I’m dying to learn to read!

    Love and licks,


  5. clarbojahn November 6, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Anything with Scieszka in it is a book I’ll like. And I do like Science Fiction. I read Enders Game way before it was cool. And how do you like the way Orson Scott Card invented the iPad way before Apple did?

    I also like Ray Radbury and his books”Martian Chronicles and “Fahrenheit 451” I read both in high school. Millions of years ago. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 8, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

      I need to read more Ray Bradbury! A lot of people have been saying how great he is. I think it is cool that a lot of technology was thought up by authors way before it was invented! 🙂


  6. ontheplumtree November 6, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    I can imagine how much you love this, Erik! Sci-Fi? Oh I bet you devoured it. Great review.


  7. Robyn Campbell November 6, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    I’ve been prach9ing that boys need more books for three years. And these books have got to be good! With all those fantastical authors contributing? WOWOWOW!!!! I will have to have this in our library. Thanks for sharing. You rock!


  8. Robyn Campbell November 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    Er, preaching. I NEED A COPY EDITOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😉


  9. writersideup November 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    Wow, Erik, what a line-up of authors! I can’t imagine how this COULDN’T be good! 🙂 Thanks for posting it!


    • writersideup November 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

      Just checked! There’s also THIS one edited by Jon:

      Guys Write for Guys Read

      Thought you might want to check that one out, too, Erik 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 8, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

      I think it is going to be AWESOME! 😀


  10. KidLitReviews November 7, 2013 at 1:34 am #

    What an amazing set of books. I like short stories and sometimes wished they were more the rage. I am not much into sci-fi, but Bouncing the Grinning Goat sounds terrific. What could a goat be bouncing about and why would it grin? The Funny Business and the Sports Page sound like something I would enjoy. Interesting find, Erik. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 8, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

      I really like short stories. I thin there should be more books like this. Yeah, the title of Bouncing the Grinning Goat is awesome (the story is too)!


  11. Patricia Tilton November 7, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    I think this is a great idea for a book — especially one that encourages boys to read. I was surprised to see Shannon Hale.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 8, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

      Shannon Hale wrote my favorite story in the book! It is called Bouncing the Grinning Goat. I have not read any of her other books -do you like any?


  12. Michelle Isenhoff November 7, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    Some big names in there! This year M-man is getting so he can read at a level nearer to his interests. Short stories are great for him, too. Easier to conquer. We’ll check this out!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 8, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      They Guys Reads series are great because they are all short stories. I hope M-Man like it!


  13. Myra GB November 7, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    ERIK! You should start reading Ray Bradbury. Seriously. Start with “Something Wicked this way comes” or perhaps “Dandelion Wine.” Jon Scieszka is amazing. I hope to collect all the Guys Read series soon. I believe I only have one: Guys Write or something like that. This is wonderful. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 8, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

      My mom said I should read his stuff too. Ray Bradbury is now going on my TBR list! 😀


  14. Jess@Fairday's Blog November 7, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    I have the Guys Read: Funny Business- but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. After reading this review I will start it soon. Especially since I don’t have to read the whole thing at once- I can read a few stories at a time. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

      Guys Read: Funny Business was really good too! I thought Other Worlds was even better! I like books of short stories. They can be very fun to read! 🙂


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