He was one of six Scieszka brothers who grew up "wrestling in the living room, fighting at the dinner table, and taping up the babysitter."
He was an elementary school teacher for ten years. It was during his time as a teacher that he made the decision to become a children's author.
"The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales was similar in that those were stories I had written before I had published. Lane and I spoke at schools a little bit, and the only book we had was The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. After we had read it like 58 times, I decided to read the Stinky stories, too. Stinky was a book that got rejected a lot of places because people thought that it was too crazy. It got a violent reaction from people because they sincerely thought that it was too much for kids—to have, for example, the really ugly duckling grow up to be a really ugly duck. Fortunately, I had the benefit of having been a homeroom teacher to realize that kids are tough and funny. They're not just shrinking little violets. They don't have to have everything pre-digested for them. So with Stinky I tried to break every rule I possibly could."
He's originally from Flint, Michigan. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Jeri, and their daughter, Casey, and son, Jake.
You can meet him at our Children's Book Celebration on May 16, 2015!! He'll be our featured author this year!