GET BOYS READING WITH GREAT GROSS-OUT BOOKS!
Jon Scieszka, award-winning author of The Stinky Cheese Man and other favorites, has started a campaign called Guys Read to encourage boys’ reading. He believes that simply offering boys books that they will enjoy is a huge step in making the shift from reluctant to motivated readers.
To this end, a new and popular genre has sprung up which speaks to a topic of endless interest and hilarity for kids of all ages: gross, nasty, disgusting stuff, from bodily functions to ugly bugs, and mummies to mudpies.
While some grown-ups might consider this subject matter low-brow, keep in mind that these books are getting a whole subsection of kids, who are at-risk for poor performance throughout their school career, motivated to read regularly.
So if you know a reluctant reader who is consistently bored or frustrated by what he is reading in school, or if you know a kid who just wants a good belly laugh, try the following titles. Grown-ups everywhere beware…great gross-out books are here!
- For preschoolers, check out the very silly Parts by Tedd Arnold; Dog Breath: The Horrible, Terrible Trouble With Hally Tosis by Dav Pilky and The Butt Book by Artie Bennett.
- For Early elementary school kids looking for the gross factor, try the flatulently fun Walter, the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle and beginning novel Stink and the World’s Worst Super Stinky Sneakers.
- Keep older elementary kids screaming “ewwwww” with the fact-packed Oh, Yuck!: The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty and the yuk-filled novel The Day My Butt Went Psycho!
- Middle school students with a taste for the gross will revel in the nonfiction title The Big Book of Gross Stuff and Jon Scieszka’s own hilarious autobiography, Knucklehead: Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka.