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Publisher's Summary

It’s here: Volume One of the official Guys Read Library. Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read initiative was founded on a simple premise: that young guys enjoy reading most when they have reading they can enjoy. And out of this comes a series that aims to give them just that. Ten books, arranged by theme, featuring the best of the best where writing for kids is concerned. Each book is a collection of original short stories, but these aren’t your typical anthologies - each book is edgy, inventive, visual, and one-of-a-kind, featuring a different theme for guys to get excited about.

Funny Business is based around the theme of - what else - humor, and if you’re familiar with Jon and Guys Read, you already know what you’re in store for: 10 hilarious stories from some of the funniest writers around. Before you’re through, you’ll meet a teenage mummy; a kid desperate to take a dip in the world’s largest pool of chocolate milk; a homicidal turkey; parents who hand over their son’s room to a biker; the only kid in his middle school who hasn’t turned into a vampire, wizard, or superhero; and more. And the contributor list includes best-selling authors, award winners, and fresh new talent alike: Mac Barnett, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Kate DiCamillo (writing with Jon Scieszka), Paul Feig, Jack Gantos, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar, Adam Rex, and David Yoo.

Guys Read is all about turning young readers and listeners into life-long ones - and with this book, and each subsequent installment in the series, we aim to leave no guy unturned.

©2010 Eoin Colfer (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Maira Saw
  • 20-02-2018

Background

While this is only a short 19 minutes story it pervides fun context to anyone who love the 'Artemis Fowl' series.

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  • Jason Wood
  • 03-08-2017

Not what I thought

I had hoped for a story of young Artemis. This is a telling of where he got the idea for the character Artemis. This story is not worth paying for. Maybe fun to learn but not even a real short story.

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  • Reecee
  • 02-01-2016

Wonderfully funny from start to finish!

I love this author's Artemis Fowl series, so it was nice to see where those stories originated. Both the story and narrator are fantastic.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-07-2015

the best way to keep loving Artemis!

how much fun can one kid have? time five for evil brothers and you'll get it right. such a fab short story. loved it entirely!!

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  • Nicola
  • 04-01-2015

Fun!

Not a story about Artemis, but rather a funny story about the author's childhood and the inspiration for the books.

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  • tracie
  • 24-06-2013

Hilarious!!

I thought that this might be a real Artemis Fowl story; it isn't. What it is, is the real life story of Eoin Colfer...and it had us in stitches!! The boys and I weren't disappointed by this unexpected story, but actually listened to it again....to catch every funny little part.

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  • Talia
  • 12-01-2012

A nice look at the beginning

Where does Artemis Begins rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

I'd say it's somewhere in the solid middle.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't really have a favorite character here actually.

Have you listened to any of John Keating???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

It's a great look at the conception of the character of Artemis Fowl.