About the Exquisite Corpse AdventureAt the recent National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., Scieszka, and author Kate DeCamillo, were interviewed by NPR. Listen here.
Ever heard of an Exquisite Corpse? It's not what you might think. An Exquisite Corpse is an old game in which people write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold it over to conceal part of it and pass it on to the next player to do the same. The game ends when someone finishes the story, which is then read aloud.
Our "Exquisite Corpse Adventure" works this way: Jon Scieszka, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, has written the first episode, which is "pieced together out of so many parts that it is not possible to describe them all here, so go ahead and just start reading!" He has passed it on to a cast of celebrated writers and illustrators, who must eventually bring the story to an end.
Every two weeks, there will be a new episode and a new illustration. The story will conclude a year from now.
Jon Scieszka is the author of a gazillion books for kids, many of which we have on our shelves. He is perhaps most famous for The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs [JP SCI] and The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales [JP SCI]. His series of time travel books, "The Time Warp Trio," are favorites of elementary school boys. To learn why Scieszka is the person he is, don't miss his autobiography written for kids, Knucklehead: Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka [J B SCI].
Read The Exquisite Corpse Adventure here.