The Exquisite Corpse Adventure

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Candlewick Press, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 276 pages
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Take twenty top kids’ authors and illustrators. Give them free rein to take turns creating a zany progressive story. What could possibly happen next?

It all starts with a train rushing through the night. . . . Well, actually, it starts when Jon Scieszka, former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, writes a cliff-hanger episode and passes it on to the next member of a cast of celebrated writers and illustrators, who continues the story and passes it on. And what happens between episodes one and twenty-seven? Think werewolves and mad scientists, a talking pig, plenty of explosions, a blue Star Wars lunchbox, two meatballs, a whole army of villains and varmints, and one just plain bad egg. Not to mention our heroes, eleven-year-old twins Nancy and Joe, raised in a circus, who must find the pieces of a Top-Secret Robot in order to rescue their parents before . . . tick, tick, tick!

A collaboration between the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance and the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book, THE EXQUISITE CORPSE ADVENTURE originated as a national literacy project for young people and helped launch the READ.gov website.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
The Found Clue
13
EPISODE 51x Surprise Surprise Surprise
33
A Possible Solution
51
In Arms Way
57
A Second Arm
75
Out of the Cradle Into the Fire
91
Skills
107
Legs on the
165
An Angel Descends
179
Anything at All
193
Promises Promises
213
by Natalie Babbitt illustrated by Timothy Basil Bring
227
The Final Scramble
257
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
271
Copyright

If I Only Had a Leg
127

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