How did Jon Scieszka get so funny, anyway? Growing up as one of six brothers was a good start, but that was just the beginning. Throw in Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, jokes told at family dinner, and the result is Knucklehead. Part memoir, part scrapbook, this hilarious trip down memory lane provides a unique glimpse into the formation of a creative mind and a free spirit.
Jon Scieszka grew up in Flint, Michigan, and earned an MFA from Columbia University. After a stint as an elementary school teacher, he published his first book with illustrator Lane Smith, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!. Scieszka and Smith have collaborated on seven other books, including The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, a Caldecott Honor Book, and their most recent title, Cowboy and Octopus. Jon is also the author of the Time Warp Trio series for middle grade readers. Additionally, Jon Scieszka is the founder of Guys Read, a nonprofit literacy organization dedicated to encouraging men and boys to read. In January 2008, Jon was appointed the inaugural National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress. He currently lives in Brooklyn NY with his family.