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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (798 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Feig, Jon Scieszka, Adam Rex, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Jack Gantos, Kate DiCamillo, David Yoo, various authors Narrator: Bronson Pinchot, John Keating, Jon Scieszka, Michael Boatman, Kate DiCamillo Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9780062007667
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It’s here: Volume One of the official Guys Read Library. Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read initiative was founded on a simple premise: that young guys enjoy reading most when they have reading they can enjoy. And out of this comes a series that aims to give them just that. Ten books, arranged by theme, featuring the best of the best where writing for kids is concerned. Each book is a collection of original short stories, but these aren’t your typical anthologies—each book is edgy, inventive, visual, and one-of-a-kind, featuring a different theme for guys to get excited about.

Funny Business is based around the theme of—what else?—humor, and if you’re familiar with Jon and Guys Read, you already know what you’re in store for: ten hilarious stories from some of the funniest writers around. Before you’re through, you’ll meet a teenage mummy; a kid desperate to take a dip in the world’s largest pool of chocolate milk; a homicidal turkey; parents who hand over their son’s room to a biker; the only kid in his middle school who hasn’t turned into a vampire, wizard, or superhero; and more. And the contributor list includes bestselling author, award winners, and fresh new talent alike: Mac Barnett, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Kate DiCamillo (writing with Jon Scieszka), Paul Feig, Jack Gantos, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar, Adam Rex, and David Yoo.

Guys Read is all about turning young readers into lifelong ones—and with this book, and each subsequent installment in the series, we aim to leave no guy unturned.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jon Scieszka again proves his expertise in humor and hooking boys on reading by choosing 10 hysterical stories, many of them written by the funniest children’s book writers in the field…A great family listen, this audio is guaranteed to get giggles and guffaws.” 

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  • Funny Business, sets the bar highWill have readers laughing as they turn the pages.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Bell | 2/18/2014

    " Guys Read: Funny Business is hilarious!! Its one of my go-to books when I'm faced with a relunctant guy reader. Heck, I'll recommend this book to anyone!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 svm | 2/16/2014

    " the best part is the jon scieszka & kate dicamillo joint piece. pick it up for that one alone. priceless! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Maddin | 2/13/2014

    " A few stories I really liked. I even laughed out loud at a few spots. Other stories I thought were a little weird... but it is a book for guys and I'm not one of those. We will be discussing this with a grade 7/8 guys book club soon, I'll get to hear what they thought of the stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/12/2014

    " Really didn't meet my expectations...I expected a whole lot more silly. Only Adam Rex's story, 'Will', was good-ish. I was never one for short stories anyways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimball | 2/10/2014

    " Some stories were drop dead hilarious others were just dumb. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicolaus | 1/28/2014

    " its a great book.....for guys "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne | 1/24/2014

    " For the most part I enjoyed this collection of stories. As with any anthology some of the stories were more appealing than others. My favorite was Your Question for Author Here by Kate DiCamillo and Jon Scieska. I look forward to Volume 2 Guys Read: Mystery/Thriller (scheduled for release Sept 2011). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 1/18/2014

    " An enjoyable, boy-friendly audiobook. The first few stories were great, and then lost steam for me with a couple of the stories in the middle. I think I liked the Bronson Pinchot narrated stories the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 1/18/2014

    " This book is so funny "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan | 1/5/2014

    " A little weird, but hilarious "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 12/14/2013

    " Great compilation of short stories that boys of many ages will love. The authors have name recognition, there is a great variety of topics and themes for the stories, and each one is very unique and original. Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Gardner | 12/5/2013

    " While I truly enjoyed several of the stories in this book ("Artemis Begins" by Eoin Colfer and "Kid Appeal" by David Lubar), I have to admit, some I just didn't get. I guess that's why it's called Guys Read, not Women in their Early Thirties Read. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms.Patterson | 11/18/2013

    " Great, funny read for kids. There will be those grown-ups who have forgotten that kids aren't as kidish as they seem who won't want young kids to read it - mostly dangerous pranks - but it is funny and great for boys as advertised. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joenna | 10/30/2013

    " Had high hopes but unfortunately did not like most of the stories. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 8/31/2013

    " Surprisingly quite a disappointment from Jon Scieszka. These stories were impressive because of how creatively random they were, but not in a good way. They read like a contest of which authors could come up with the oddest stories, minus humor and meaning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abbie | 6/3/2013

    " Read my review at Gator Book Chomp. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 2/21/2013

    " To be fair, I am not the target audience for this book. Perhaps a young boy would find all of these stories hilarious. The story by David Lubar made me laugh out loud numerous times, and I liked the one with Kate DiCamillo as well. Beyond that, I was not impressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 6/19/2012

    " A great collection of humorous stories targeted at boys, perfect for Sustained Silent Reading in school! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marius | 4/23/2012

    " I have started this book in the library. Stories give a sense of suspense. This was a really enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexa | 2/25/2012

    " I loved this book! Each story was unique. I think it would definitely grab the attention of young readers(boys or girls)and get them to read--especially since the book is broken up into several stories of manageable length. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 7/13/2011

    " My favorite story in this batch was Scieszka and DiCamillo's collaboration on "Your Question for Author Here." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 7/8/2011

    " A funny collection of short stories by some of my favorite authors (David Lubar, Eoin Colfer, etc.) I especially liked the stories of the Thanksgiving turkey threatening to kill his owner and the supervillain that breaks through the school classroom wall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 7/7/2011

    " Some great snort milk out of your nostrils moments in this book. Great short stories but I would skip the last two. The author/student pen pal written by Jon Scieszka and Kate DiCamilo is fabulous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rindya | 6/25/2011

    " The best story from this short stories collection is Your Question for Author Here by Kate DiCamillo & Jon Scieszka, and I also love Kid Appeal by David Lubar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashlei | 5/20/2011

    " Read the Bloody Souvenir by Jack Gantos to my 7th and 6th graders yesterday and it was a big hit! Lots of gross-out fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/29/2011

    " This has become a go-to book when I'm trying to hook a boy on a new author. These short stories are just enough to wet their appetite for more. I especially loved the two voice piece between Scieszka and DiCamillo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 4/20/2011

    " Well, I certainly enjoyed the stories. I think kids wlll, as well. Summary: A collection of humorous stories featuring a teenaged mummy, a homicidal turkey, and the world's largest pool of chocolate milk. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 3/17/2011

    " Great compilation of short stories that boys of many ages will love. The authors have name recognition, there is a great variety of topics and themes for the stories, and each one is very unique and original. Great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 3/4/2011

    " A great collection of humorous stories targeted at boys, perfect for Sustained Silent Reading in school! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan | 2/23/2011

    " A little weird, but hilarious "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerri | 2/13/2011

    " I am very excited about this new series! Having a young boy reader in my own home, I try to read books that will interest him but don't have much luck. This new series should really help me, and him, find some new reading choices. Can't wait for the non-fiction one to come out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 svm | 2/11/2011

    " the best part is the jon scieszka & kate dicamillo joint piece. pick it up for that one alone. priceless! "

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About the Author
Author Paul Feig

Paul Feig is the creator of the critically acclaimed television show Freaks and Geeks and the author of the adult memoirs Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence and Superstud. He is also the author of a couple books for children. He lives with his wife and two dogs in California.

About the Narrators

Bronson Pinchot has won eleven Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration and was named Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010. He received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.

John Keating is an actor, voice talent, and the winner of eight Earphones Awards for audio narration. His numerous acting credits include Roundabout Theatre’s production of Juno and the Paycock and La Mama ETC’s production of Cat and the Moon, as well as various parts with the Irish Repertory Theater and the Irish Arts Center. He can also be seen in the HBO miniseries John Adams, starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.

Jon Scieszka, a former elementary school teacher, is the National Ambassador for Children’s Literature emeritus and the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books for kids, including The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, Math Curse, Robot Zot!, and the Time Warp Trio series. He founded Guys Read to encourage a passion for reading among young boys, with the philosophy that boys love to read most when they are reading things they love.

Michael Boatman is an Image Award–nominated actor and writer who is best known for his roles in the television series China Beach, Spin City, and Arliss. He has also appeared in the major motion pictures The Peacemaker and Hamburger Hill. His audiobook narration has garnered eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and earned him the prestigious Audie Award in 2008 and 2010.

Kate DiCamillo is an American author of children’s fiction and twice winner of the Newbery Medal. Several of her books made the New York Times bestsellers list. Her debut novel, the award-winning Because of Winn-Dixie, was made into a major motion picture, and her book The Tiger Rising was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is the US National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014 to 2015, appointed by the Library of Congress.