Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories About Growing Up Scieszka by John Scieszka
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Knucklehead is a
great book for reluctant readers, especially if you are doing a unit on
biographies. In the book, popular author Jon Scieszka (The Stinky Cheese Man, The Frog
Prince Continued...) recounts his early years growing up
in a household with six brothers and two caring parents. The series of
goodhearted ribbing and pranks and family fun help explain how
Jon Scieszka got so
funny! Hearing that the book is a memoir about life in a family of six
boys, I had assumed it would be full of naughty behavior and frustrated
parents. I was delighted to find that is not the case. Instead, this
truly a homage to
family life. While there is certainly a lot of funny adventures and
practical jokes and typical brotherly antics, the reader can clearly
see how close the brothers were to
each other and their parents, and how both of the parents seemed to
have the perfect dispositions for handling such a brood. In fact, they
seemed to really get a kick out their rambunctious gang.
In a starred review of the book, School
Library Journal called this autobiography for kids
and fast- moving, silly and sweet...not to be missed." Booklist summed it
up as "an autobiography about boys, for boys and anyone else interested
in baseball, fire, and peeing on stuff." They are probably right about
the audience. Pass this one on to boys in your classroom, especially
reluctant readers. They are sure to appreciate its charms.
Reading Stats Interest Level:
DRA Level: n/a
Reading Level: age 9-12
Lexile Measure: 750L
autobiographies for kids (Language Arts)
& Rating Amer.
Library Ass. Notable Children's Bk 2009
Customer Rating: (32 reviews)
this autobiography is about
Scieszka's child- hood years growing up with five brothers, it's very
helpful that he has included pictures of the boys and his parents
scattered throughout the entire book.
The page at right appears at the front
of the book, showing each of the brothers and the parents. Scieszka is
in the top row, middle.
Other photographs (all black and white) show the boys at school,
playing with their friends in the yard, dressed up for special
In addition to photographs, Scieszka also includes relevant
advertisements and pictures of toys and other objects that he refers
to. This also adds to the fun and provides an interesting glimpse in to
the era (the 1960s).
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