Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure


The Exquisite Corpse Adventure
By multiple authors
Online serial adventure at http://www.read.gov/


Originally The Exquisite Corpse was a parlor game where participants wrote a story together, one at a time, by adding to what had originally been written by the first person in a circle and then passing it along for the others to finish. In The Exquisite Corpse Adventure, Jon Scieszka (at the time National Ambassador for Young People's Literature) began an online story with succeeding chapters written by Kate DiCamillo, Shannon Hale, Nikki Grimes, Gregory Maguire, Natalie Babbitt, and others. Joe and Nancy are speeding down the tracks on a circus train, heading for a bridge about to be blown sky high . . . . What happens next, and next, and next is filled with cliffhanger adventures and inspired silliness that kids love. Normally we librarians will go two falls out of three with anyone promoting Internet reading over an actual physical book, but this laugh really loud--out loud--story is a winner in any medium.

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