Our new Reading Adventure

About the Exquisite EC_bookcover_sm.jpgCorpse Adventure

Exerpt from the Reading Corpse Adventure Website http://www.read.gov/exquisite-corpse/

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 two weeks, there will be a new episode and a new illustration. The story will conclude a year from now. To get bi-weekly updates with new Exquisite Corpse Adventure chapters, click on the subscribe link at the top of the page. "This story starts with a train rushing through the night...." No one knows where or how it will end!


Exquisite Corpse Adventure
  • Farewell, Fair Friends! Jun 1, 2011
    The Exquisite Corpse Adventure will soon depart read.gov in for a much-deserved rest. Nancy, Joe, Genius Kelly, Roberta and the rest of the gang will be heading for other venues. We wish them well! A print edition of “The Exquisite Corpse A...
  • Exquisite Corpse Adventure #17: Speak, Memory May 7, 2010
    Joe & Nancy meet up with their foster mother from the circus in this episode by Susan Cooper with an illustration by Chris Van Dusen. ALSO: starting this week, download and listen to an audio version of each chapter!
  • Exquisite Corpse Adventure Episode 14 Now Available! Mar 26, 2010
    "Skills" by Linda Sue Park is the latest episode in our Exquisite Corpse Adventure. It begins, "A raspy voice scraped the air. “I’ll get you, Nancy and Joe,” it said, “and your little robot, too.” Who owns the mysteri...
  • Exquisite Corpse Adventure Episode 13 Mar 12, 2010
    "Lucky Episode 13: Out of the Cradle, Into the Fire" ... Is the Exquisite Corpse more than just a game? Find out in this thrilling episode written by M.T. Anderson and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.
  • The Exquisite Corpse Episode 12...The Shadowy Abyss! Feb 26, 2010
    What did Joe and the robotic arm discover when they came upon a screaming Nancy? Find out in this eerie episode written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering.
  • Exquisite Corpse Adventure Episode 10 Jan 29, 2010
    "The Wolf at the Door" "The disembodied voice seemed to come from nowhere and everywhere..." Read Megan McDonald's thrilling episode accompanied by James Ransome's extraordinary illustration. Can Joe and Nancy solve the riddle of the Voice?
  • The Beast Pit! Exquisite Corpse Episode 7 Dec 18, 2009
    “Joe, do the Flying Watermelon!” Shannon Hale takes us along the next phase of the Exquisite Corpse Adventure with an illustration by Calef Brown.
  • "'Hold Everything,' said Boppo." Episode 5 of The Exquisite Corpse Adventure Dec 8, 2009
    Clowns, pigs, babies and more in this episode, written by Gregory Maguire and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.
  • Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! Episode 6 of "Exquiste Corpse Adventure" Dec 4, 2009
    Genius Kelly the talking pig reveals some... but not all.. in this episode written by Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack and illustrated by James Ransome.
  • Read Episode 4 of The Exquisite Corpse Adventure Nov 10, 2009
    Read about a roller-skating baby and Albert Einstein in Episode 4 of the Exquisite Corpse Adventure. The episode is by Susan Cooper and is illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering.