September 27th, 2009 by Karen
Last 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!