Guys Write for Guys Read (Guys Read)

Guys Write for Guys Read (Guys Read)
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10+
Release Date
April 21, 2005
ISBN
0670060070
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What is a typical guy moment, anyhow? Daniel Pinkwater remembers the disappointment of meeting his Lone Star Ranger hero up close and personal. Gordon Korman relishes the goofy ultra violence of the old Looney Tunes cartoons. Stephen King realizes that having your two hundred-pound babysitter fart on your five-year-old head prepares you for any literary criticism. And that's just a sampling from Guys Write for Guys Read, a fast-paced, high energy collection of short works: stories, essays, columns, cartoons, anecdotes, and artwork by today's most popular writers and illustrators. Guys Write will feature work from Brian Jacques, Jerry Spinelli, Chris Crutcher, Mo Willems, Chris Van Allsburg, Matt Groening, Neil Gaiman, the editors and columnists from Sports Illustrated,The Onion and Esquire magazines, and more. Selected by voters at the Guys Read Web site and compiled by Jon Scieszka, this wide-ranging collection of authors and illustrators shows that guys do read . . . and will read more if given things they enjoy reading.

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Reader reviewed by bookworm9

This is an anthology for guys filled with brief (usally 2 pages) insights and anecdotes from male writers and illustrators. There are a few fiction pieces, some cartoons, and some "now" stories, but most of the pieces are either stories from the authors' childhoods or tips on how to be a guy. Some of these are REALLY chauvanistic/ stereotypical/ offensive. Some are OK. A few are really good. Most are just kind of so-so. Pick up this book if you have a few favorite authors you want to read, but don't bother otherwise.
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