Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories About Growing Up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka
Wow–did I ever laugh like crazy reading this book! A memoir of Jon Scieszka’s childhood with 5 brothers (yes, 5!), this book is a series of short stories that are absolutely hilarious. I almost want to cancel all 4th and 5th grade classes first period tomorrow and have everyone meet in the library just to listen to a few chapters. It would be a perfect way to start the day, all of us belly laughing and reveling in how an author can make you feel like you are right there inside his childhood memory. Picture a car full of boys on a trip when one brother barfs in the backseat, which then starts a huge chain of everyone barfing all over the back of the car, some out of the windows, all because the cat on the floor ate a candy bar and started all the barfing. I had tears running down my face. Care to read that chapter? This link will take you to a sample of some of the chapters. (scroll down after the article for the excerpts)
I can’t wait to share this with upper grade students coming to me soon for a session. Until then, I think I might need to hide it for fear of never getting it back.