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Squids Will Be Squids

(1998)
A Picture Book by

 
 
Every once in a while a book crosses our desks that makes us sit quietly delighted--except for a few squeaks of unmitigated joy--and this oversized, energized, stylized, highly prized book of fables is one of them. Jon Scieszka has a simple philosophy of the fable: "If you can't say something nice about someone, change the guy's name to Donkey or Squid." After all, the alleged Aesop did it. Squids Will Be Squids offers lessons such as "Everyone knows frogs can't skateboard, but it's kind of sad that they believe everything they see on TV." Sure, it's goofy, but it's also saying to kids, "Don't believe everything you see on TV." In "Duckbilled Platypus vs. Beefsnakstick," the bragging platypus and his beefy buddy teach us "Just because you have a lot of stuff, don't think you're so special." Of course, there is nothing heavy-handed here--morals such as "He who smelt it, dealt it" and "Elephants never forget, except sometimes" satirically prance amid the more heartfelt snippets of sagacity.

Scieszka and illustrator Lane Smith are unparalleled in their eccentricity and unrelenting in their boyish, twisted-yet-innocent zeal. In co-creations from The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales to The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs to Math Curse, Scieszka's wacko sense of humor and Smith's quirky, always gorgeous artwork thrillingly congeal in Molly Leach's creative, exuberant design. We see many picture books that are better suited for adults than kids, but this fine specimen is truly meant for goofballs of all ages. (Click to see a sample spread. Illustration © 1998 Lane Smith, reproduced with permission of Viking, a division of Penguin Putnam.) (All ages) --Karin Snelson

Genre: Children's Fiction

Used availability for Jon Scieszka's Squids Will Be Squids

Hardback Editions

May 2003 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Squids Will Be Squids: Fresh Morals--Beastly Fables (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Jon Scieszka
ISBN: 0-613-67305-0 / 978-0-613-67305-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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April 2002 : USA Library Binding

Title: Squids Will Be Squids: Fresh Morals, Beastly Fables
Author(s): Jon Scieszka
ISBN: 0-606-28249-1 / 978-0-606-28249-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Squids Will Be Squids: Fresh Morals, Beastly Fables
Author(s): Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith
ISBN: 0-439-23320-8 / 978-0-439-23320-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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January 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: Squids Will Be Squids (Viking Kestrel Picture Books)
Author(s): Jon Scieszka
ISBN: 0-670-88227-5 / 978-0-670-88227-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Children's Books
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September 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: Squids Will Be Squids: Fresh Morals, Beastly Fables
Author(s): Jon Scieszka
ISBN: 0-670-88135-X / 978-0-670-88135-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
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August 1998 : USA Hardback

Title: Squids Will Be Squids: Fresh Morals for Modern Fables
Author(s): Jon Scieszka
ISBN: 0-7567-8264-3 / 978-0-7567-8264-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Diane Pub Co
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Paperback Editions

May 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Squids Will be Squids: Fresh Morals, Beastly Fables (Picture Puffins)
Author(s): Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith
ISBN: 0-14-250040-2 / 978-0-14-250040-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Puffin
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August 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Squids Will be Squids: Fresh Morals,Beastly Fables (Picture Puffin S.)
Author(s): Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith
ISBN: 0-14-056523-X / 978-0-14-056523-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Puffin
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1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Squids Will be Squids: Fresh Morals, Beastly Fables
Author(s): Jon Scieszka
ISBN: 0-439-65369-X / 978-0-439-65369-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Book Services
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Audio Editions

October 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Squids Will Be Squids
Author(s): Jon Scieszka
Publisher: Listening Library
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October 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Squids Will Be Squids
Author(s): Jon Scieszka
Publisher: Listening Library
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October 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Squids Will Be Squids
Author(s): Jon Scieszka
Publisher: Listening Library
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October 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Squids Will Be Squids
Author(s): Jon Scieszka
Publisher: Listening Library
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