Book Review – Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka
November 6, 2014
How did Jon Scieszka get so funny, anyway? Growing up as one of six brothers was a good start, but that was just the beginning. Throw in Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, jokes told at family dinner, and the result is Knucklehead. Part memoir, part scrapbook, this hilarious trip down memory lane provides a unique glimpse into the formation of a creative mind and a free spirit.
This book is a perfect first biography for a reluctant elementary reader. It’s funny with short chapters and lots of pictures. Best of all (for those kids out there reading it), it has some good potty humor. For us adults, it gives a window into what Scieszka’s life was like growing up, and how that led to the author he has become today. Scieszka utilizes short stories that provide a detailed snapshot of what he experienced throughout his childhood. An extremely quick read with lots of humor – perfect if you need a light break from heavy reading.
What have you read by Jon Scieszka? What books do you recommend when someone is looking for a “lighter” read?