Funny Business

Funny Business

Conversations With Writers of Comedy

Book - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
What makes funny FUNNY? An esteemed anthologist interviews thirteen favorite children’s authors — and asks them to share their trade secrets.


"A joke isn’t a joke if you need to explain it," notes Leonard S. Marcus. "Even so, the hidden clockwork of comedy . . . has long been considered one of the great riddles of life." There are many kinds of humor, but capturing their essence on paper is a remarkably difficult (and often undervalued) skill. So how do authors create books that not only stand the tests of time but also make us laugh? In thirteen fascinating interviews, well-loved writers of humorous books for children discuss an array of topics, from their sources of inspiration to the ways they began writing, from their revision processes to childhood anecdotes to the value they place on comedy in their work and lives. Beautifully designed and thoughtfully edited, this collection is bound to tickle the fancy of children and adults alike.

Baker & Taylor
The thirteen interviews that compose this collection are full of insights from the authors of humorous books for young readers, including Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, Christopher Paul Curtis, and Jon Scieszka.

& Taylor

In 13 fascinating interviews, one of the world's most respected writers about children's literature invites well-loved writers of humorous books for children to discuss an array of topics elucidating how they create books that not only stand the test of time but also make us laugh.

Publisher: Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0763632546 (alk. paper)
9780763632540 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: Y813.540992 FUN
Characteristics: 214 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Marcus, Leonard S. 1950-

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