AUTHOR: Jon Scieszka

GENRE: Fiction, Humor

SUMMARY: Scieszka answers the oft-asked question, “Where do you get your ideas?”  with a slew of childhood anecdotes and his family’s escapades that have given him plenty of material from which to draw. Born in 1954, the second of six brothers, he writes about Catholic and military schools, buying gifts, chores, and hand-me-downs — all familiar experiences related with a specific Scieszka twist. Some stories are just amiably funny, such as wearing recycled Halloween costumes, while others help readers understand more about how the author developed his unique sense of humor. Family photographs and other period illustrations appear throughout. Entertaining and fast-moving, silly and sweet. —School Library Journal