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Fiercely Imaginative Children’s Literature

You might not recognize the names Jon Scieszka and Timothy Basil Ering, but there’s a good chance you’re familiar with their award-winning children's books.

Jon Scieszka | Timothy Basil Ering

Jon Scieszka is perhaps best known for his book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales—a sidesplitting, self-aware spoof that introduced a generation to postmodern storytelling. His latest book, Battle Bunny, is similarly tongue-in-cheek and off-the-wall. It is presented as a banal, predictable children’s book that has been rewritten by a scribbling child. Watch this video trailer for the book to get a taste of his warped sense of humor.

Timothy Basil Ering drew praise for his “stunning” pencil illustrations of the The Tale of Despereaux. As an author-illustrator he combines his evocative visual style with a love of wordplay that calls to mind the nonsense poems of Lewis Carroll. For instance, the eponymous hero of his latest book, The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger, is introduced as "the rippingest, roaringest Squidlegger in the scrintalberry swamp!" 

Pages from THE ALMOST FEARLESS HAMILTON SQUIDLEGGER. Copyright © 2014 by Timothy Basil Ering. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.
THE ALMOST FEARLESS HAMILTON SQUIDLEGGER. Copyright © 2014 by Timothy Basil Ering. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

We hope you’ll join us for readings with these two fiercely imaginative children's book artists. Timothy Basil Ering will be at the Storefront Theater on May 10 and Jon Scieszka will be at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater on May 18.


Learner's Guide
Resources and activities for use at school or home

  • Help encourage boys to become self-motivated, lifelong readers with Guys Read, a web-based literacy program for boys founded by Jon Scieszka.
  • Read more about Jon Scieszka on his website and about Timothy Basil Ering on his website.

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