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A star-studded anthology with a devilish hook, whose proceeds benefit 826nyc: the fabulous literacy non-profit founded by Dave Eggers. Can you imagine the most cantankerous book editor alive? Part...
A star-studded anthology with a devilish hook, whose proceeds benefit 826nyc: the fabulous literacy non-profit founded by Dave Eggers. Can you imagine the most cantankerous book editor alive? Part...
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  • A star-studded anthology with a devilish hook, whose proceeds benefit 826nyc: the fabulous literacy non-profit founded by Dave Eggers.

    Can you imagine the most cantankerous book editor alive? Part Voldemort, part Cruella de Vil (if she were a dude), and worse in appearance and odor than a gluttonous farm pig? A man who makes no secret of his love of cheese or his disdain of unworthy authors? That man is Herman Mildew.

    The anthology opens with an invitation to a party, care of this insufferable monster, where more than 80 of the most talented, bestselling and recognizable names in YA and children's fiction learn that they are suspects in his murder. All must provide alibis in brief first-person entries. The problem is that all of them are liars, all of them are fabulists, and all have something to hide...

    From the Hardcover edition.


  • From the book Introduction (by Jon Scieszka)

    Ladies and gentlemen . . . and I use those terms loosely because I know you are all writers and illustrators . . . we have a bit of a situation.
         You were all invited to this party tonight because of your relationship with Mr. Herman Q. Mildew.
         Some of you were not fond of him. Others of you could not stand him. Most of you completely hated his guts.
         Mr. Mildew brought you to this abandoned pickle factory because he had something to tell you, something that he thought might make you very mad. And he wanted to see
    all of you freak out live and in person.
         But that is not going to happen.
         You see . . . Mr. Herman Q. Mildew is no longer with us.
         He shuffled off this mortal coil, took the long walk off the short pier, has gone to glory, gave up the ghost, cashed in, checked out, kicked the bucket, went bye-bye.
         He is now a corpse, a cadaver, dearly departed, a stiff. The problem?
         Each and every one of you had a reason to send Mr.Herman Mildew to the Great Beyond. You are all suspects in his demise. And it is up to me—and the keen reader holding this book—to figure out: Who done it?
         As you well know, Herman Mildew was not a nice man.
         He was mean, arrogant, loud, large, obnoxious, cruel to small furry animals,  delusional, thoughtless, difficult, vulgar, negative, likely to take the last sip of orange juice and then put the empty carton back in the refrigerator, intolerant, sneaky, greedy, fond of toenail clippings and strong cheeses, hugely entertained by the misfortune of others, hateful, quick to anger, unforgiving, mean, gaseous, paranoid, belligerent, unreasonable, demanding, smelly, near-sighted . . . in short: an editor. Perhaps even your editor, or the editor of someone you admire.

         Some examples of his sadistic behavior, in no particular order:
    • He enrolled Dave Eggers in True Romance’s Book-of-the-Month Club.
    • He drew mustaches on all of Lauren Oliver’s author photos.
    • He told Mo Willems what he could do with the Pigeon.

    All this is true. So why did you accept this invitation?
         Never mind. The more important question is why a quick pat-down of this audience turned up:
    • 1 poison-tipped umbrella
    • 1 suitcase full of poisonous tree frogs
    • 3 throwing stars
    • 1 noose, 1 candlestick, and 1 lead pipe
    • 2 snakes resembling speckled “friendship” bands
    • 1 frozen leg of lamb

         Why do I have a piece of piano wire hanging out of my trench coat?
         Why . . . why . . . not because Mr. Mildew once forced me to play
    “I’m A Little Teapot” on the piano in front of hundreds of booksellers. And I wasn’t going to use it to strangle anyone in a most fitting way. I have piano wire because . . . because . . . because I was fixing my piano last time I was wearing this coat. I was just replacing the—
         Wait a minute! Our readers and I are running this investigation. We’ll ask the questions. And we want answers. We want alibis.
         Of course, before you begin, we are bound by law to advise you that you have the right to remain silent.
         But who are we...

About the Author-

  • Jon Scieszka, who runs point on the investigation, is one of the world's best-loved, bestselling, and well-known children's authors. The very first UN Ambassador of Children's Literature, Jon is also a Caldecott Honor recipient whose books have been translated into 14 languages and have sold millions around the world. Contributors include John Green, Sara Shepard, Lauren Oliver, Lauren Myracle, Adam Mansbach & Ricardo Cortes (authors of Go the F

  • ck to Sleep), Maureen Johnson, Libba Bray, Gayle Forman, Rebecca Stead, Daniel Handler (as Lemony Snickett), Mo Willems, Dave Eggers (not YA but still a suspect), and countless other bestselling and award-winning authors.


  • DOGO Books otter - Awesome book! Really funny.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 14, 2013
    In Scieszka’s anthology, which benefits Dave Eggers’s literary nonprofit 826NYC, 83 authors provide their alibis for the murder of editor Herman Q. Mildew (“the most hated man in ALL publishing,” as Peter Brown puts it). Most of the backhanded eulogies and professions of innocence that follow—from Libba Bray, John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lemony Snicket, Mo Willems, and many others—are two- to three-page essays. “Of course I wanted to murder Herman Mildew. Please understand, I want to murder people all the time, and I never do it,” writes Mac Barnett, who then lists other hateful people he hasn’t killed. Elsewhere, a murderous tweet comes back to haunt #gayleformanicepickkiller; an annotated illustration shows a suspicious looking Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown with straitjackets and voodoo dolls; and David Levithan riffs on William Carlos Williams (“herman mildew ate/ the plums/ that were in/ the icebox/ and I was pissed”). Jokes about royalty statements, missed deadlines, and editorial cruelty may be a bit inside-baseball for the average reader, but teens should be entertained by the range of imagination and humor on display, while seeing favorite authors in a mischievous new light. Ages 12–up.

  • Kirkus

    January 15, 2013
    A routine writing exercise filled with in-jokes and carried to ridiculous extremes by a mammoth stable of YA and children's authors. Produced to benefit the creative writing program 826NYC, the anthology consists of alibis of various length offered by 83 (!) alphabetically ordered contributors accused of killing evil editor Herman Q. Mildew. Along with making frequent reference to cheese (the stinky sort, natch), pickles and frozen legs of lamb, some "suspects" protest their inability to meet any deadline (Libba Bray) or map out a scheme ("Plotting has never been my strong point. Just read any of my books," writes Sarah Darer Littman). Others protest that they adored the victim despite his habit of callously rejecting their story ideas, mistreating their manuscripts, insulting their pets, calling them at odd hours and bilking them of royalties. Dave Eggers and Greg Neri provide lists of explicitly described ways in which they did not kill Mildew, Mo Willems and Michael Northrup claim to have been off killing someone else at the time, and Elizabeth Eulberg, Mandy Hubbard, John Green, Lauren Myracle and several others shift the blame to fellow writers. Young readers, even the sort who worship authors, will find their eyes soon glazing over. Clever in small doses--tedious after the first few dozen entries. (author bios) (Belles lettres. 10-12)

    COPYRIGHT(2013) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Booklist

    February 1, 2013
    Grades 8-12 This quirky mystery anthology is jam-packed with some of the most celebrated, award-winningest YA and children's authors ever to be accused of . . . murder. The victim is boss/superior/editor Herman Q. Mildew, a man so despised, the list of suspects includes 83 authors. With the alibis curated (in alphabetical order, naturally) by Scieszka, the finger-pointing and self-incrimination begin in every form imaginable: some are illustrated, others use text/Twitter/IM-speak, and David Levithan even offers his alibi in verse and questions the benefits of bloodily murdering someone while the pen is mightier than the sword. The short bursts of writing create a sizable sampler for readers to choose from, gleaning from each entry the style and voice of everyone from Lemony Snicket and Libba Bray to Barry Lyga and Rita Williams-Garcia. Indeed, the pen is being used mightily to drum up support for creative writing; proceeds from sales will benefit Dave Eggers' (another among the accused) 826 writing program in New York.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

  • Tulsa Books Examiner

    Praise for Who Done It? "Go buy this book for your kids. Every kid on the planet needs this book. And the extra bonus is that proceeds from Who Done It? benefit 826nyc, the literacy non-profit founded by Dave Eggers!" --NCBLA Executive Director Mary Brigid Barrett "Well worth a read." --The Guardian (UK) "Wonderful and fun to read. Included in these pages is some fabulous description, lots and lots of creativity...[will] keep even the pickiest teen happy for hours."

  • Justine Magazine "Curl up and check out the laugh-out-loud alibis."
  • Maureen Johnson, author of The Name of the Star and The Last Little Blue Envelope "How did you get my phone number? Stop calling me or I'm getting the police involved."
  • Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events and Who Could That Be at This Hour? "Who are you? Why are you writing down everything I'm saying? What book? What are you talking about?"
  • Barry Lyga, author of I Hunt Killers "Papery. And rectilinear."
  • Jennifer Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight "Of all the books I've ever read, this was definitely the most recent."
  • Mo Willems, author of Do "If you already know who done it, this is not the book for you."

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