Jon Scieszka
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Jon Scieszka

[DRUM ROLL.....] PRESENTING THE ONE AND ONLY JON SCIESZKA!

Jon Scieszka was born in Flint, Michigan on September 8th, 1954. He grew up with five brothers, has the same birthday as Peter Sellers and the Virgin Mary, and a sneaking suspicion that the characters in his Dick and Jane reader were not of this world. Those plain facts, plus his elementary school principal dad, Louis, his registered nurse mom, Shirley (who once took Jon's Cub Scout den on a field trip to the prenatal ward), Mad Magazine, four years of pre-med undergrad, "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show", an M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia University, Robert Benchley, five years of painting apartments in New York City, his lovely wife Jeri Hansen who introduced him to Molly Leach and Lane Smith, Green Eggs and Ham, his teenage daughter Casey and almost teenage son Jake, ten years of teaching a little bit of everything from first grade to eighth grade, and the last twenty years of living in Brooklyn...are just some of Jon's answers to the questions, "Where do you get your ideas?" and/or "How did you become a writer?" I don't know, just because, none of your beeswax, and flapdoodle poppycock and balderdash are some more of Jon's answers to questions you can imagine on your own. Jon met up with Lane Smith around 1986 or so, and nothing has been the same since. Their first book, the wiseguy fairy tale retelling, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! was initially rejected by most publishers as "too weird" and "too sophisticated". Published by Viking in 1989, The True Story has now sold over a million copies, been translated into ten languages, and been called a "classic picture book for all ages". Jon and Lane's The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (1992) took the world of the picture book a few steps further. Goofing with the conventions of fairy tales and even being a book, The Stinky Cheese Man became a household word, sold another mess of copies in multiple languages, offended a few purists, and still managed to win a Caldecott Honor medal. Math Curse (1995) further stretched the notion of what subjects make good picture books, selling more books faster than either 3 Little Pigs or Stinky Cheese, and winning a whole slew of awards --all for a book full of mathematics.More recently, Jon and Lane have resurrected fables (in the smart, funny, and a little bit wicked way Aesop would have wanted them) in their latest collaboration, Squids Will Be Squids (1998). No telling where they might take the picture book next. Someone once wrote, "Jon Scieszka has forever changed the face of children's literature." And while there is still some confusion over exactly who that someone was, and whether children's literature does, in fact, have a face, most would agree-from The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! to Squids Will Be Squids, since Scieszka put pen to paper, children's literature sure has been...different.

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    • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

    • By: Jon Scieszka
    • Narrated by: Paul Giamatti
    • Length: 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    The classic story told from the wolf's point of view.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I liked that he used different voices.

    • By Craeem on 11-21-17

    Regular price: $6.99

    • The Stinky Cheese Man

    • And Other Fairly Stupid Tales
    • By: Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith - contributor
    • Narrated by: Mike Ferrerir
    • Length: 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    It's been years since Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith introduced the world to the Cinderumpelstiltskin, Little Red Running Shorts, Chicken Licken, and the rest of the hilarious cast of characters....

    Regular price: $11.20

    • The Knights of the Kitchen Table

    • Time Warp Trio, Book 1
    • By: Jon Scieszka
    • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
    • Length: 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    How did Joe, Fred, and Sam end up in King Arthur's court? Find out....

    Regular price: $11.20

    • Guys Read: Funny Business

    • By: Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Eoin Colfer, and others
    • Narrated by: Michael Boatman, Kate DiCamillo, John Keating, and others
    • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read initiative was founded on a simple premise: that young guys enjoy reading most when they have reading they can enjoy....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • pertty good<br />

    • By Laura Kalmes on 09-26-17

    Regular price: $22.81

    • The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy

    • Time Warp Trio, Book 3
    • By: Jon Scieszka
    • Narrated by: Bryan Kennedy
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Everyone's favorite time travelers get transported back to the Old West, where they find themselves in the middle of a skirmish....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable adventure

    • By Roger on 10-22-09

    Regular price: $3.47

    • Sam Samurai

    • Time Warp Trio, Book 10
    • By: Jon Scieszka
    • Narrated by: Bryan Kennedy
    • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Sam, Fred and Joe are working on a haiku when they get accidentally transported to ancient Japan....

    Regular price: $3.47

    • It's All Greek To Me

    • Time Warp Trio, Book 8
    • By: Jon Scieszka
    • Narrated by: Bryan Kennedy
    • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    While performing in a school play about ancient Greece, the Time Warp Trio is sent back to Mount Olympus....

    Regular price: $3.47

    • Not So Jolly Roger

    • Time Warp Trio, Book 2
    • By: Jon Scieszka
    • Narrated by: Bryan Kennedy
    • Length: 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Everyone's favorite time-travelers are back. This time, on a desert island, the boys meet Blackbeard the pirate, who captures them and takes them to his ship....

    Regular price: $2.07

    • Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger

    • Frank Einstein
    • By: Jon Scieszka
    • Narrated by: Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    Frank is working on a revamped version of one of Nikola Tesla's inventions, the "Electro-Finger", a device that can tap into energy anywhere and allow all of Midville to live off the grid....

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor

    • By: Jon Scieszka
    • Narrated by: Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    Frank Einstein loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Print book is more interesting

    • By Graydon on 09-07-15

    Regular price: $21.00

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