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Squids Will be Squids Hardcover – 24 Sep 1998

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"[Has] an in-your-face attitude that will hold readers rapt attention."

"Moral of this book: When two wacky minds create zany writing and quirky illustrations, success is a given."

"[Has] and in-your-face attitude that will hold reader's rapt attention." -Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jon Scieszka began to train as a doctor but left to take a course in fiction writing at Columbia University and to become a teacher. He lives in Brooklyn and spends his time writing and talking about books.

Lane Smith, an acclaimed author/illustrator, has achieved major success in his collaborations with Jon Scieszka. He also provided the original concept and illustrations for the hit film James and the Giant Peach. He lives in New York.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise-guys and Wise-gals will love this! 25 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
To get an idea of Scieszka's humor, let me tell you about howhe once introduced himself to a group of kids. "Hieveryone," he said... "Now I know some of you have been having a little trouble with my name. It's not that hard, really. Let's all say it together... Ready? ... JOHN!"
Well, the kids squealed in delight, recognizing that here was a guy in tune with their own inner "smart-alecs." This particular book, "Squids Will Be Squids," is perhaps the most lucid product of Scieszka's irreverent imagination. It is is basically a re-telling of familiar and not-so-familiar fables, but with unexpected, and very funny twists at the end. The humor is such that both kids and adults will snicker, and it is enhanced by Lane Smith's appropriately bizzare character illustrations.
This is a book for any kid who is catching on (or becoming a pro) in the art of gentle sarcasm. There is a fable about why kids in the cafeteria don't want to eat lunch with Shark, Wasp, and Bacteria, and the punchline is classic. Another is a tale that warps around, and totally reinterprets, the otherwise sage advice, "Don't Play with Matches."
I've read some of these fables out loud (in funny voices) to college students, who couldn't seem to get enough of them. (Made me wonder if they were deprived of being read to while youngsters). One later told me that she purchased a copy of "Squids will Be Squids" for her former high-school science teacher, and he has been thanking her ever since. Like Gary Larson's "Far Side" cartoons? Then you're just gonna' love this!
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crosses all age bounderies 21 Nov. 1999
By Lisa McSwain - Published on
Format: Hardcover
We have had this book for over a year and purchased it afterbeing lucky enough to hear a reading of it by the author before it wasreleased. I have six children ranging in age from 4 to 16 and each one of us loves this book for different reasons. I love it becuase it is one of a very few childrens' books which is really funny in a smart way. My four year old loves it for the stories and the great and intriguing illustrations, and my nine year old boy loves it for the nine year old boy appeal it obviously has. Everyone else loves it for their own reasons but it is read over and over again and our four year old can ALWAYS capture a family member to read it to her which is not always the case with other books.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific - but not for children under 8... 13 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Just a note of caution- this book looked great to me, so I sent it to my five-year-old neice. While the stories were cute, the "morals" weren't really morals and it kind of sent the wrong message. The book would be better suited to a higher age group so that they "got" the irony and subtleties of the stories.
Wonderful illustrations and great text - just a little too mature for 4-8 year olds.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone with kids should buy this book 29 Jan. 2000
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Format: Hardcover
I came across this book while browsing at random. The artwork alone is enough to recommend it, but the stories are absolutely hillarious. My favorite is the one about the grasshopper who waited until the last minute to start his homework. Some people may think this book is a bit too "mature" for young kids. I don't agree. Even kids who don't understand all the nuances will like it (if only for the pictures). And the grown-ups reading it to their kids won't get bored. If you have kids, or need to buy a present for a youngster you know make it this book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL! 20 Nov. 2000
By T. Reinhardt - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I got this book for my son who is 9...over the 4-8 age reccommendation for this book. I knew it would be funny and he would enjoy it...and boy did he! The book has "boy appeal"... and general "ha-ha-ho-ho's" abound. We read it the first time for laughs...we will read it again and I will encourage him to see if there is anything "deeper" in the stories.... He really enjoyed the pictures alot. He is at the age when at school he is only allowed to read "chapter" books so this was a wonderful break and fun return back to picture books. Although some of the stories did have meaning to them...Some were just fun and all the pictures were wonderful. I enjoy allowing my son to read some things for the pure pleasure and pure fun of reading...this is a perfect choice for that.
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