2/15/14 ** I can't believe I didn't read this when it first came out! It made several lists of "best read aloud," and I can't wait. I'll be starting reading it aloud next week with my fourth graders.
Scieszka regales the reader with funny and poignant memories of growing up with five brothers. Some of the boys' escapades are downright dangerous - as the reader is reminded by the "don't try this at home" signs on multiple pages. Others are plain disgusting - "sword fighting" with lines of pee as 4 boys use the toilet at the same time. Glad I didn't have toilet cleaning duty in that home! I see kids rolling on the floor hysterically as we enjoy this memoir together.