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Review! Guys Read: Heroes & Villains; edited by Jon Scieszka

21 Aug

Guys Read: Heroes & Villains
Written by Various Authors
Edited by Jon Scieszka
Illustrated by Jeff Stokely
288 pages – ages 9+
Published by Walden Pond Press on April 4, 2017

Synopsis From Publisher-Heroes and Villains, the seventh volume in Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read Library of Great Reading, is chock-full of adventure featuring an array of characters—with and without capes.

Featuring ten all-new, original stories that run the gamut from fantasy to comics to contemporary adventure to nonfiction, and featuring eleven of the most acclaimed, exciting writers for kids working today, this collection is the perfect book for you, whether you use your powers for good—or evil.

Authors include Laurie Halse Anderson, Cathy Camper and Raúl Gonzalez, Sharon Creech, Jack Gantos, Christopher Healy, Deborah Hopkinson, Ingrid Law, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Lemony Snicket, and Eugene Yelchin, with illustrations by Jeff Stokely.”

What I Thought- I love the Guys Read books. Originally started off as one book of short stories to get boys reading, there is now a series of topics, such as comedy and thriller. This is a nice addition, with various authors contributing to the idea of what makes someone a hero or a villain. There is a lot of things to ponder and reflect on within these 288 pages. The authors wrote stories that challenge our precepts and concepts of what it means to be a hero or a villain. I really enjoyed Lemony Snicket’s story for that, along with Jack Gantos’, although I was a fan of all of the stories. Guys Read is a wonderful idea, and I am eternally grateful for Mr. Scieszka’s mission to get guys into reading. This book carries on that tradition with excellent stories guaranteed to excite guys (or even girls, for that matter)!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

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).

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March Boys Book Club – “Guys Read – Thriller”!

19 Mar

The March Boys Book Club at Harleysville Books was held on March 15th. The book for this month was “Guys Read – Thriller.” Pete, our adult coordinator for the group, asked us all which story we liked the best (the book is a bunch of short stories). Nick liked “Pirate” by Walter Dean Myers, I liked “Nate Macavoy, Monster Hunter” by Bruce Hale and Gavin couldn’t decide. Then Pete said that there really wasn’t a story to go along with the cover picture –

Pete said we were all going to make our own story up to go along with the cover picture. So we all started writing furiously about what we thought was going on in the picture. I am sorry to say to you who are Justin Bieber fans…he didn’t fare too well in our story…his pants were on fire at one point, but have no fear there was a happy ending! It was actually a fun thing to do, write a whole story based on a picture. We played a game of “Pete says”, like Simon Says only in a book store, and Pete gives the instructions. Pete also passed out our own “Ghost Vision” glasses project for us to make our own just like in the story from the book “Ghost Vision Glasses” by Patrick Carman. We had another great time at the Boys Book Club at Harleysville Books!

Now for my “Guys Read – Thriller” review!


Guys Read – Thriller

Edited by Jon Scieszka

Illustrated by Brett Helquist

288 pages – ages 9+

Published by Walden Pond Press on September 20, 2011

“Guys Read” is a reading program created by Jon Scieszka to try to get boys and reluctant readers to read. It says on the Guys Read website “Our mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers.” Very cool! I am glad this program is out there and I wish more things like this were because I would like to have more boys be into reading. Please check the website out if you haven’t. You can find it HERE. There are all sorts of book recommendations for boys and advice for getting boys to read. It’s really a great site.

“Guys Read – Thriller” is the second book in the Guys Read series. The first was “Guys Read – Funny Business” which I haven’t read but I am planning to after reading “Thriller.” The books are a bunch of short stories by different authors. There are some AWESOME authors in the book, some of which I am huge fans of already and some I am looking for other things they wrote to read more by them! The stories are all…you guessed it, THRILLERS, so some of them will keep you on the edge of your seat and some of them were just OK. I am not a huge fan of scary stories but I do like good mysteries and some spookiness and most of the stories were really something I liked but there were a couple I wasn’t too fond of or just didn’t understand the story.

All the stories were a good length for a short story so kids who don’t really like to read will get through it without trouble. The illustrations by Brett Helquist were really, really great! I think the book is good for boys (and girls) 9+ because of the scariness of some of the stories.

I think the “Guys Read” idea is awesome and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I give “Guys Read – Thriller” four out of five bookworms.

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