So, four guys at our meeting last week, and each of them had a great suggestion for a guy-picked book for April. I’ve tried to have the Guys pick before, and haven’t had much luck. So I’ve picked every single book we’ve ever read. I’m excited to pass that off for one month.
Here are the books nominated at our last meeting:
Cover © Bantam Dell
The Indian in the Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks – Nominated by Nathan
Published in 1980
One-sentence summary: In the fantasy book, The Indian in the Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks, a young boy Omri discovers that his cupboard can bring toys to life, including his new Indian figure, Little Bull.
When it first came out in the 1980s, The Indian in the Cupboard won six state reader’s-choice awards, including the Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Reader’s Choice Award.
I remember reading this book when I was in 4th or 5th grade.
Cover © Walden Pond Press
Guys Read: Funny Business, edited by Jon Scieszka – nominated by Lowell
Published in 2010
One-sentence summary: The short story collection Funny Business, collected and edited by Guys Read master Jon Scieszka, contains ten funny stories by well-known children’s authors.
We have read books by several of the authors in this collection. Mac Barnett (Brixton Brothers), Christopher Paul Curtis (The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963), and Jack Gantos (Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key). However, one thing we’ve never done in Guys Read is read a short story collection.
This was the first volume in the Guys Read library, started by Jon Scieszka. The most recent volumes are Guys Read: Thriller and Guys Read: The Sports Pages. The next volume, Guys Read: Other Worlds, will feature science fiction and fantasy.
We are currently reading one of these stories in our lunchtime offshoot, the Intercontinental Ballistic Reading Group.
Cover © Little, Brown Books
Smells Like Dog, by Suzanne Selfors – Nominated by Robert
Published in 2010
One-sentence summary, completely stolen from reading descriptions, since I haven’t read this book: In the mystery-adventure book, Smells Like Dog, by Suzanne Selfors, farm boy Homer Pudding inherits a dog that has a “nose” for treasure.
I don’t have much to write about this book, because I haven’t read it. However, someone I know has read it, and she wrote a one-sentence review. Here it is:
Even folks who aren’t dog lovers will take to this goofy story that’s part mystery, part spy thriller, and part what-the-heck-is-going-on?
by Elizabeth Bird, New York City Public Library
So, that sounds fun, right?
Cover © Amulet Books
Fake Mustache, by Tom Angleberger – Nominated by Jonathan
Published in 2012
One-sentence summary: In the realistic/ridiculous fiction book, Fake Mustache, by Tom Angleberger, regular kid Lenny Flem, Jr., must stop the mind-warping power of a mustache-wearing mystery man.
We’ve read Origami Yoda, by Tom Angleberger, before in Guys Read. We even Skyped with Tom! And last year, the IBRG read his book Horton Halfpott. So, Tom is a well-known and well-loved author with TMC Guys Read. Very well known!
Also, it should be noted that the full title of this book is Fake Mustache, or How Jodie O’Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election From a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind. Which is kind of a one-sentence summary itself.
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