July 19, 2010

Curtis and Scieszka: Funny Summer Stories

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Jon_scieszka_haha Summer memories are the best memories. Something about all the free time and nice weather just seems to make hilarious and memorable things happen. I had the chance to meet two very funny authors recently. We talked about their books, summer reading, and I asked them for their most memorable summer experiences.

Jon Scieszka, the author of the Time Warp trio series, The Stinky Cheese Man, and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, describes a memorable summer experience involving a cat, a pecan nut bar, and 5 brothers barfing in the car! If you have read his autobiographical book, Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka, then you already know this story, but it's still funny to hear him tell it! (If you haven't read Knucklehead, it's HILARIOUS! You should check it out.)

Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Bud, Not Buddy, Elijah of Buxton, and The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963, had me cracking up (you can actually hear me laughing in the video) when he described how collecting beetles for his beetle aquarium landed him with 4 broken fingers. Yeah, it sounds painful and I shouldn't laugh, but getting your lips stuck to a frozen car mirror sounds painful too and you know you laughed at THAT scene in The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963!

Now it's your turn. Can you top either of these summer stories? What is YOUR favorite summer memory so far? Let us know in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

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  1. werewolfcat5

    Well,last year I went to Vietnam to visit my aunt and grandmother.We went to the beach.I don’t know how to swim but when I went in the water I got some water in my nose (this part might be gross while it might be funny to other people) well,my dad told me that I had something poking out of my nose and I got really embarrassed…

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  2. crazylion

    my funniest memory is when i went to summer camp and i slipped and fell in the mud=( It was so embarassing!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Marina

    I guess my funiest summer memory was when my dad tried out our slip n’ slide. He rolled off our yard, and all the nieghbors saw a thirty year old man with swim trunks, sliding off his yard.

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  4. Kyndall

    this summer at the mall, i threw a coin into one of the huge fountains and fell flat on my face in front of a bunch of strangers and kids into the fountain! i felt like ramona when she fell through the ceiling!

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  5. Firegirl47

    When my dad and sister and I were at Universal Studios and Spiderman vaulted out of a store, said hi to us, and ran away. Then a few minutes later he ran back. XD

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  6. gylfie97

    love jon scieszka’s books! I’ve read them all and they are awesome! So far my favorite summer memory was having a conversation about the pros and cons of tomatoes with 8 other people from my family.

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  7. Purplepancakes98

    My favorite summer memory so far is when my dad took me and my family to the lake and when we were on the boat we rented I almost caught a HUGE hybrid striper but he got away when it was almost on the boat. It also just about weaved a basket with the lines under the boat! My dad is also a bass fisherman so even though our guide told him not to yank the rod back to set the hook, he keps on doing it, and ripped holes in tons of fishes lips!

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  8. GNOletsgo1

    Hmm…..this year we went to Hawaii? The beaches had strong currents and once I got my face smushed against the sand in the water.

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