Friday, October 09, 2009

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Ever heard of an Exquisite Corpse ?

It's not what you might think. An Exquisite Corpse is an old game in which people write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold it over to conceal part of it and pass it on to the next player to do the same. The game ends when someone finishes the story, which is then read aloud.

Our "Exquisite Corpse Adventure" works this way: Jon Scieszka, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, has written the first episode, which is "pieced together out of so many parts that it is not possible to describe them all here, so go ahead and just start reading!" He has passed it on to a cast of celebrated writers and illustrators, who must eventually bring the story to an end.

Every 2 weeks, there will be a new episode and a new illustration. The story will conclude a year from now. "This story starts with a train rushing through the night . . . ." No one knows where or how it will end !

Episode 1 – Jon Scieszka
Episode 2 – Katherine Paterson
Episode 3 – Kate DiCamillo . . . coming October 23, 2009

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is a project of the Center for the Book and the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance.

1 comment:

sillylibrarian said...

So much fun! We've played this game before as part of our creative writing workshops for kids here at Burbank Public Library. You can come up with some pretty silly stories:)