The Exquisite Corpse Adventure


Launching this week (and featured on All Things Considered on Saturday), is “The Exquisite Corpse Adventure.” It’s described on the Corpse’s Web site,

Ever heard of an Exquisite Corpse? It’s not what you might think. 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, 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.

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

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