It’s Aliiiiiiiiiiiiiive!

September 27th, 2009 by

exquisite_corpseLast month, I reported that an all-start team of children’s book authors would be writing an online story together, called The Exquisite Corpse Adventure. Well, the first installment went up yesterday, and boy do I feel stupid…

I didn’t know that “Exquisite Corpse” is actually what you call it when someone writes a phrase on a sheet of paper, folds it over to hide part of it, and then passes it on to the next person to continue writing. This goes on until someone finishes the story, and then it’s read aloud.

So in fact, the “exquisite corpse” in The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is not the re-animated dead body that I expected, which surely would have made for a very exciting adventure. But don’t worry — the story hints that this exquisite corpse, although something else entirely, will still bring plenty of intrigue.

But enough lead-up… Check out the first installment of the story, written by Jon Scieszka, on the Library Of Congress website!

BONUS: One of the main characters is named Nancy!

— Karen

My (Undead) Author All-Star Team

August 11th, 2009 by

Holy moly, Batman! I just heard today that Jon Scieszka, M.T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Kate Di Camillo, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Megan McDonald, Katherine Paterson, and a whole bunch of other crazy-awesome children’s book authors are teaming up to write a serial adventure story together! And guess what it’s called! Okay, I’m too impatient to wait for you to guess, I’m just going to tell you: it’s called The Exquisite Corpse Adventure. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

The story will be posted in chunks over the course of a year on the Library of Congress’ website ( The first installment will launch at the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival, on Saturday, September 26. I, for one, cannot wait. I already put it on my calendar. Seriously.

In addition to driving me batty with anticipation, this project also got me thinking about who else I’d love to see writing about exquisite corpses and their adventures. Like I said, this is an amazing group of authors that the Library of Congress got together. But when it comes to the undead, there are a few more names I would want to add to the list — my personal (undead) author all-star team, if you will:
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