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Read By: Bronson Pinchot, John Keating, Jon Scieszka, Michael Boatman, Kate DiCamillo, various narrators Publisher: Walden Pond Press Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Guys Read Library of Great Reading Release Date: September 2010 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780062007667

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

11

Longest Chapter Length:

58:02 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04:10 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

31:30 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

2

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Publisher Description

Funny Business, the first volume in Jon Scieszka's Guys Read Library of Great Reading, features ten short stories guaranteed to delight, amuse, and possibly make you spit your milk in your friend's face.

There's something for everyone in this collection of short stories from some of the funniest writers around. This hilarious, offbeat first installment in the Guys Read Library is 100% grade-A humor, guaranteed to have kids of all ages asking for more.

Authors include Mac Barnett, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Kate DiCamillo & Jon Scieszka, Paul Feig, Jack Gantos, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar, Adam Rex, and David Yoo, with illustrations by Adam Rex.

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"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)."

— Yvonne (4 out of 5 stars)

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  • “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.” 

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

    — VOYA

Guys Read: Funny Business Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 3.64516129032258 out of 53.64516129032258 out of 53.64516129032258 out of 53.64516129032258 out of 53.64516129032258 out of 5 (3.65)
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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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!! "

    — Stephanie, 2/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    — svm, 2/16/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Kim, 2/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Karen, 2/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    — Kimball, 2/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Nicolaus, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Kristi, 1/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book is so funny "

    — Kyle, 1/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A little weird, but hilarious "

    — Brendan, 1/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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! "

    — Sara, 12/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. :) "

    — Julie, 12/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Ms.Patterson, 11/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

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

    — Joenna, 10/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Katie, 8/31/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Read my review at Gator Book Chomp. "

    — Abbie, 6/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Jen, 2/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    — Lisa, 6/19/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Marius, 4/23/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Alexa, 2/25/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    — Liz, 7/13/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Kathy, 7/8/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Tracy, 7/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Rindya, 6/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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! "

    — Ashlei, 5/20/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Carol, 4/29/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Joyce, 4/20/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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! "

    — Sara, 3/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    — Lisa, 3/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A little weird, but hilarious "

    — Brendan, 2/23/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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! "

    — Kerri, 2/13/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    — svm, 2/11/2011

About the Authors

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.

Jon Scieszka is best known for his bestselling picture books, including The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! and The Stinky Cheese Man. He is also the founder of guysread.com and a champion force behind guyslisten.com, and was the first National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature.

Adam Rex is the author of many books, including the New York Times bestselling picture book Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, the middle-grade novel The True Meaning of Smekday, and the teen novel Fat Vampire. Garlic and crosses are useless against him. Sunlight has been shown to be at least moderately effective. A silver bullet does the trick. Pretty much any bullet, really. He currently lives in Arizona with his wife.

Eoin Colfer is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the Artemis Fowl series and several stand-alone novels. He was born and raised in Ireland, where he was appointed Children’s Laureate.

Christopher Paul Curtis made an outstanding debut in children’s literature with The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963. His second novel, Bud, Not Buddy, is the first book ever to receive both the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award.

Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award finalist, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book. He developed the master’s degree program in children’s book writing at Emerson College and the Vermont College MFA program for children’s book writers. He now devotes his time to writing books and educational speaking. He lives with his family in Boston.

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.

David Yoo is the author of the teen novels Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before and Girls for Breakfast. He is also a contributor to Guys Read: Funny Business. He lives in Massachusetts, where he teaches in the MFA program at Pine Manor College and at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1848) transformed the American literary landscape with his innovations in the short story genre and his haunting lyrical poetry, and he is credited with inventing American gothic horror and detective fiction. He was first published in 1827 and then began a career as a magazine writer and editor and a sharp literary critic. In 1845 the publication of his most famous poem, “The Raven,” brought him national fame.

About the Narrators

Bronson Pinchot, Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, has won Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, AudioFile Earphones Awards, Audible’s Book of the Year Award, and Audie Awards for several audiobooks, including Matterhorn, Wise Blood, Occupied City, and The Learners. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale, he is an Emmy- and People’s Choice-nominated veteran of movies, television, and Broadway and West End shows. His performance of Malvolio in Twelfth Night was named the highlight of the entire two-year Kennedy Center Shakespeare Festival by the Washington Post. He attended the acting programs at Shakespeare & Company and Circle-in-the-Square, logged in well over 200 episodes of television, starred or costarred in a bouquet of films, plays, musicals, and Shakespeare on Broadway and in London, and developed a passion for Greek revival architecture.

John Keating is an actor, voice talent, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. 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.

Michael Boatman is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and twice winner of the prestigious Audie Award for narration. He is a versatile television, film, and stage actor whose work on the hit TV show Spin City garnered him a GLAAD Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and nominations for two NAACP Image Awards. For his work playing Stanley Babson on the long-running HBO series ARLI$$, he was nominated five times for the Image Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Robin Miles, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, an Audie Award for directing, and many Earphones Awards. Her film and television acting credits include The Last Days of Disco, Primary Colors, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, New York Undercover, National Geographic’s Tales from the Wild, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She regularly gives seminars to members of SAG and AFTRA actors’ unions, and in 2005 she started Narration Arts Workshop in New York City, offering audiobook recording classes and coaching. She holds a BA degree in theater studies from Yale University, an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy in England.