Finding an Exquisite Corpse (Not as Icky as You Think)

Now, here’s a great idea, brought to you by the Center for the Book and the National Children’s Book and  Literacy Alliance!

First of all, I have to explain that Exquisite Corpse is an old parlor game. I think it started with the concept of passing around a paper, having each participant add a body part, until at last you had yourself an “Exquisite Corpse.” It evolved into a game where a line would be written, and added upon, until the story traveled through the room of players, and you had yourself a funny tale.

EC_bookcover_smA group of accomplished children’s writers, headed by none other than Jon Scieszka (he really has been popping up frequently around F & K. Cue Twilight theme music), have joined together to write a book based on the Exquisite Corpse game. Scieszka started the body, so to speak, with an introduction.

Honestly, he threw in everything but the kitchen sink. And I suspect the sink will make an appearance somewhere. The second installment has already been added (by Katherine Patterson), but it’s not too late to sign up. And the kind folks at Read.gov will send those installments right to your inbox. Free!

Check it out at this Library of Congress link (www.read.gov/exquisite-corpse/) or click here for all the fun details.

See? That wasn’t icky at all!

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