Monday, March 19, 2012

Reviewers Speak Out on "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure"

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure
A Progressive Story Game Played by
20 Celebrated Authors and Illustrators
Amazon Reviewers Give It Five Stars
Have YOU Read The Exquisite Corpse Adventure?!
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is a progressive story game just like the one many families play on road trips, at camp, at parties, at home when there is a power outage. It is a game where one person begins a story, stops at a cliffhanging moment, and the next person picks it up, continuing on until everyone in the group has the opportunity to contribute. And just like in those game, in The Exquisite Corpse, characters spontaneously erupt out of our authors' imaginations; plot lines tumble forth, some realized, some lost; and we are often poised at the edge of a cliff with no logical solution in sight!
Originally published on as the foundation of a national reading and writing initiative created by The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is available from Candlewick Press in paperback and hardcover. It is also available on audio.
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure authors and illustrators are: M.T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Calef Brown, Susan Cooper, Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering, Jack Gantos, Nikki Grimes, Shannon Hale, Lemony Snicket, Steven Kellogg, Gregory Maguire, Megan McDonald, Patricia and Fredrick McKissack, Linda Sue Park, Katherine Paterson, James Ransome, Jon Scieszka, and Chris Van Dusen.

What Are the Reviewers Saying?
H. Sapp from Alexandria, Virginia writes on Amazon, "My kids LOVED this book.  Bought it for my 10 year old daughter, who is not an avid reader. She could not put it down. Once she finished it, I gave it to my 8 year old son. He loves it. He will bring it to us and try to read us passages from it, but it's difficult for him because he can't stop laughing! I recommend this book to anyone."

Nicola Manning from Ontario, Canada writes on Amazon, "An exciting, non-stop action, funny story with a sci-fi adventure theme and some fantasy thrown in for good measure. A really fun ride!"

Sarah Rachel Egelman of KidsReads of New York writes on Amazon, "
The unexpected details, interplay of voices, and joyous momentum makes this story a fun read. ...The absolute best part of THE EXQUISITE CORPSE ADVENTURE may be that it will encourage readers to experiment with storytelling, both written and drawn, and to find pleasure not in the perfection of a completed and cohesive story but in the exquisite thrill of creative collaboration itself."

Publishers Weekly says, "
As gleefully entertaining as it is preposterously ludicrous...Go with the flow and enjoy the ride."

And 8-year old Ty of Cambridge, Massachusetts says, "This book was awesome because each chapter had a different style of writing - like that game where one person starts a story and the next person continues it. I liked all of the chapters because the whole story continues a basic idea, yet it's kind of random. It's fun to figure out where the authors are leading you. On a scale of one to 10, I give The Exquisite Corpse an 11.

Extensive Online Education Support Materials Available!

Discover a treasure trove of online educational support materials for
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure on the NCBLA’s Exquisite Corpse Adventure Education Resource Center. Overflowing with supplemental articles, classroom activities, reading lists, art activities, discussion questions, and more, the Education Resource Center is designed for moms and dads, teachers and librarians, grandparents and guardians—all adults who live and work with young people and have a vested interest in helping kids read more, write better, and create stories and art that expand all of our universes.

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