Rated Reads

Guys Read: Funny Business

by Jon Scieszka

Rated: Mild

Ah, humor.

It’s such an individual thing, really. Some people snort milk out their nose at the slightest silliness, others just crack a small smile. It’s so hard to find one style that suits everyone.

The best solution? A short-story collection. There are enough different kinds of stories in here (all with male protagonists, so hand this one to the boys. Which was its point, actually.), from enough different authors, that everyone will find at least one that will tickle their funny bone.

For me, it was Eoin Colfer’s story. If I had been drinking milk (or anything at all), I would have snorted it. It’s basically a personal essay about his older brother, the evil genius, and how he got his younger brother out of trouble. Seriously, it doesn’t sound that funny, but it is. Or at least it was to me.

The other stories were nothing to sneeze at either: there are stories about not-so-great friends, projects gone bad, getting addicted to danger, stupid English assignments, obnoxious parents and grandparents, and superheroes. Not all were equally funny, in my opinion, but all were entertaining and interesting and fun to read. Completely worth picking up (and not just for the guys.)

Rated: Mild for some situational gross humor and occasional mild language.

— Reviewed by Melissa Fox

Melissa Madsen Fox's blogging career began in 2004 when she started Book Nut. Reading, reviewing and book blogging have taken over what's left of her life after being a stay-at-home mom to four rambunctious daughters and wife to a slightly- absent-minded professor of political science.

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  • Guys Read: Funny Business
  • by Jon Scieszka
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Young adult
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