Guys Read: Funny Business

The next book I chose to post about was a fiction short story book called Guys Read: Funny Business By Mac Barnett, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Kate DiCamillo & Jon Scieszka, Paul Feig, Jack Gantos, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar,Adam Rex, and David Yoo. I chose this book because I love the Guys Read series. All of their books are so good. This book is a compilation of humorous short stories.

My favorite story in this book was probably My Parents Give My Bedroom to a Biker, by Paul Feig. It is about a kid who accidentally breaks his mom’s glass china cabinet window and gets in a lot of trouble. The fact that he had been on bad behavior before just made the problem worse. So, his parent gave his room away to a motorcycle biker. They made the kid sleep in a tent in the backyard and told him that in a week, he had to leave the house and find a new home! The kid later realized that his parents, the biker, and his buddies had been possessed by aliens and that the aliens were planning to take over the world. Later, the kid “called the army”, and saved the world.

Another one of my favorite stories was A Fistful of Feathers, by David Yoo. It was the story about a boy whose his dad thinks he’s too “girly”, because he is always doing things like  drawing nature scenes instead of gun battles, and he has an imaginary friend who is a girl. Also, he is a vegetarian, and his dad hates that. His dad wants him to become more manly, so to do this the dad gets a live turkey to kill and eat for Thanksgiving. The boy thinks his dad is going to make him shoot it, to make him into a “man”. It turns out that the turkey is really smart, and could dance, and play simple games like passing a ball with the parents. The boy never really liked the turkey, never had a good feeling about it, so he never played with it because of this. Eventually the boy finds out that the turkey can talk. The boy becomes scared of it because once, when he was outside alone with it, it said “DIE!”. He thought the turkey was out to get him. Several more similar incidents happened, and one night the turkey went to the boy’s room, and looked him right in the eye and said “DIE!” again. At this point the boy thought that the turkey was planning to eat him for Thanksgiving dinner. He tries to convince his parents that this was the turkey’s plan, but they won’t listen to him. In the end his dad kills the turkey, and they cook it and have it for Thanksgiving. That Thanksgiving was when the boy learned to carve a turkey and was the first full meal the boy ate with meat.

My favorite character in the book is Ernest. He was in another story,  but I just had to pick him. He is super weird and quirky and he doesn’t have any friends. That problem is soon solved though and this is why I like him so much. He tells everyone in his grade that he won a sweepstakes and that he gets to go to a Nesquik factory. He also tells everyone that he can bring one friend and this makes everyone be nice to him. In my opinion, this is a clever plan and he is pretty smart.

I really liked this book because of how silly it was. I don’t usually like things that are too silly, but this one was super silly and it still managed to be good. I would really recommend reading it. Especially to people who like lighter topics that are still good.

This book is similar to any other humorous short-story book or any of the other books in the Guys Read series. They are all short-story books with a light mood.

The last question is “What do you think the main idea or theme of this story is? What is the author trying to tell you about life or our world with this book?”. I can’t answer that question because all the stories are different and all the authors are different.




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