JON SCIESZKA

was born in Flint, Michigan on September 8th, 1954. He grew up with five brothers, the same birthday as Peter Sellers and the Virgin Mary, and a sneaking suspicion that the characters in his Dick and Jane reader were not of this world.

Those plain facts, plus his elementary school principal dad, his registered nurse mom (who once took Jon's Cub Scout den on a field trip to the prenatal ward), MAD magazine, four years of pre-med undergrad, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, an M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia University, Robert Benchley, five years of painting apartments in New York City, his lovely wife Jeri Hansen who introduced him to Molly Leach and Lane Smith, Green Eggs and Ham, his teenage daughter Casey and almost teenage son Jake, ten years of teaching a little bit of everything from first grade to eighth grade, and the last twenty years of living in Brooklyn... are just some of Jon's answers to the questions, "Where do you get your ideas?" and/or "How did you become a writer?"

I don't know, just because, none of your beeswax, and flapdoodle poppycock and balderdash are some more of Jon's answers to questions you can imagine on your own.

A Selection of books by Jon:


Baloney (Henry P.)
New in May from Jon Scieszka,
Illustrated by Lane Smith



The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

Written by Jon Scieszka
Illustrated by Lane Smith




Math Curse

Written by Jon Scieszka
Illustrated by Lane Smith





The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

Written by Jon Scieszka
Illustrated by Lane Smith





Squids Will Be Squids

Written by Jon Scieszka
Illustrated by Lane Smith






The Frog Prince, Continued

Written by Jon Scieszka
Illustrated by Steve Johnson





Time Warp Trio: It's All Greek To Me

Written by Jon Scieszka
Illustrated by Lane Smith






Time Warp Trio: Summer Reading is Killing Me

Written by Jon Scieszka
Illustrated by Lane Smith