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Jon Scieszka

Jon Scieszka

Biography

"Deconstructionist", "surreal" and "iconoclastic" are a few of the adjectives critics have reached for to describe Jon Scieszka's work. Well, it's all true! But as clever as he is, what really marks out this author is his sense of humour. Could he be more deadpan?! Check out The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and we guarantee you'll never look at a children's book in the same way again.

THE BASICS
Born: Michigan, USA, September 8th 1954
Jobs: Teacher, Painter
Lives: Brooklyn, USA
First Book for Young People: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, 1990

THE BOOKS
In college, Jon Scieszka was on course to become a doctor, but spent his spare time attempting to write the Great American Novel. He decided to shelve his medical ambitions and take a masters degree in Fiction Writing at Columbia University. Afterwards, he became a teacher in New York. Fans of Scieszka will not be surprised that he was a somewhat u...

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DATE OF BIRTH
10 September 1954

Life Story
I was born full grown in the middle of a hurricane and an earthquake on 10 September 1954, 12.52 p.m. When I found out that I had missed lunch, I gave such a shout that the earth stopped and spun backwards two days. That's why I celebrate my birthday on 8 September. Nobody had ever seen a ring-tailed, rip-roaring wowser like me. When I was one day old, I learned how to read. When I was two days old I started to write. By the time I was three, I had finished 212 short stories, 38 novels, 730 poems, and one very funny limerick, all before breakfast.

As a kid, I was faster than a cheetah, smarter than Einstein, and nicer than a hundred grandmothers put together. I wrestled wild animals in the Michigan woods, read novels by moonlight, and climbed trees blindfolded for inspiration.

I didn't need to go to school because I could out-read, out-write, and out-fight any living teacher or student. ...

Bibliography

Published by Puffin

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales jacket image
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 26 1993
The Frog Prince Continued jacket image
  • The Frog Prince Continued
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Sep 29 1994
  • 0 - 3 years
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs jacket image
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Oct 31 1991
The Swiss Family Robinson jacket image
  • The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Puffin Classic
  • Paperback: Mar 05 2009
  • 8 - 12 years
The Swiss Family Robinson jacket image
  • The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Puffin
  • ePub eBook: Mar 05 2009

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