Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:00pm EDT —
Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:00pm EDT
The Guys Read Library of Great Reading features brand new, original short stories from some of the biggest names in children’s literature. The series began by Jon Scieszka as a way to connect young guys with books and authors they love, and Guys Read: Other Worlds delivers ten tales of science fiction and fantasy from authors Rick Riordan, Rebecca Stead, Ray Bradbury, Tom Angleberger, and more. It’s going to be out of this world!Jon Scieszka is the National Ambassador for Children’s Literature emeritus and the author of some of the world’s funniest, bestselling books for children, including The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and the Caldecott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. A former elementary school teacher, Jon lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. Here comes a new middle-grade humorous hero, this time with four legs, a wet nose, and an insatiable appetite. Along with his four dysfunctional friends, Stick Dog embarks on an epic quest to steal a hamburger. Told with hilarious illustrations and pitch-perfect humor, Stick Dog is destined to be top dogs!Tom Watson lives in Chicago with his wife, daughter, and son. He also has a dog, as you could probably guess. The dog is a Labrador-Newfoundland mix. Tom says he looks like a Labrador with a bad perm. Early in his career Tom worked in politics and quickly realized a very important thing: Kids are way smarter than adults. And it’s a lot more fun and rewarding to write stories for them than to write speeches for grown-ups.Benji Wendell Barnsworth tends to faint— a lot. After a particularly bad spell, the doctor offers him two options: wear the world’s ugliest padded helmet or get a therapy dog. Benji chooses the dog, of course. And then the dog announces that his name is Parker Elvis Pembroke IV. That’s right, this dog can talk! Elvis brings out the dog lover in the most surprising people and shows Benji that making new friends may not be as scary as he once thought.Jenny Lee is a writer and producer on the Disney Channel TV show Shake It Up, the number-one-rated kids’ show in the country. She lives in Los Angeles with Doozy, her Newfoundland.