Knucklehead

Knucklehead By Jon Scieszka is one of the funniest memoirs my class has read so fare. Some of the stylistic elements that I definitely use for myself would that way he uses the humor in his book, for example he states in chapter 1, "I'm the second oldest. And the nicest. And the smartest. And the best looking. And the most humble." pg.11. This is just one of many little jokes and humor he adds in this story and I think it gives the story a bit more meaning to it. Would there be stylistic elements that Jon uses that I would try to avoid, no way, because the way he writes this book is pretty close to the way I write. Which is the reason why I totally love the writing style he used. But some of the memories I had when I read this was about my parents giving me these same learning experiences has he got in this book. So I could really relate to the learning be got as well as getting into trouble all the time with other kids, but for him it was his brothers. The universal truth would have to be other children and adults because they can relate to these kind of experiences Jon faced in his life and I'm sure many people could totally have their own connections to sum of his stories that he talked about as well.

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The Stranger in the Photo Is Me By Donald M. Murray



The stylistic elements in this memoir was very different compared to anything I've read so fare. Donald Murray did a great job explaining how time has changed and who is is as a person has changed all through this picture he looked at. I really enjoyed the way he wrote this memoir because he got right to the point on the reasons his life has changed over time, all by using descriptive wording. For example, "In other snapshots, I am cowboy, pilot, Indian chief; I loved to dress up to become what I was not, and suspect I still am a wearer of masks and costumes." paragraph 35. This to me showed me that to him he was hiding something and doesn't feel like himself and over time I think he realized that. There was nothing in this memoir I would avoid because I took to heart everything he mentioned in this memoir. Some memories do come to mind when I read this because I still bring back memories when I look back at some old picture of myself and what I used to look like. I think everyone can experience this feelings of looking back as well. This memoir is one that will probably connect to anyone and the feelings they have looking back at some of their own photographs, and to me that pretty much sums up your audience.

This picture is from the memoir, The Stranger in the Photo Is Me By Donald M. Murray

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my books on divorce

Many people get a divorce, sometimes it can be good or bad. Amy Poehler was one of those people, but she didn't want to talk about her divorce, she wanted to show people how to write a book about divorce and make it funny. Amy instead of going into depth on how to write a book and this and that, she listed off different tittles for the books you can write about and some of the chapters that you could include. For example the picture on the right is one of the ideas she would give you. Poehler did a good job connecting to her audience because the ideas she gave on her examples for tittles and the chapters you can write about, it almost made you feel better and get a laugh out of what she was saying because you could really connect to what shes talking about. These connections wouldn't go towards kids like me who have never been married before, but it does go towards adults who have experience divorce. This chapter was a great way of making people move on and have a laugh!!!
This picture was taken from the book Yes Please By Amy Poehler.

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Knucklehead By Jon Scieszka

Knucklehead By Jon Scieszka is one of the funniest memoirs my class has read so fare. Some of the stylistic elements that I definitely use for myself would that way he uses the humor in his book, for example he states in chapter 1, "I'm the second oldest. And the nicest. And the smartest. And the best looking. And the most humble." pg.11. This is just one of many little jokes and humor he adds in this story and I think it gives the story a bit more meaning to it. Would there be stylistic elements that Jon uses that I would try to avoid, no way, because the way he writes this book is pretty close to the way I write. Which is the reason why I totally love the writing style he used. But some of the memories I had when I read this was about my parents giving me these same learning experiences has he got in this book. So I could really relate to the learning be got as well as getting into trouble all the time with other kids, but for him it was his brothers. The universal truth would have to be other children and adults because they can relate to these kind of experiences Jon faced in his life and I'm sure many people could totally have their own connections to sum of his stories that he talked about as well.
This Picture was taken from the book Knucklehead By Jon Scieszka.

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Sorry,Sorry,Sorry


Sorry,Sorry,Sorry was different from anything Iv'e read yet in these book. It talks about how much Amy says sorry and thank you to other people, but she also talks about how she gets angry at people and thats when she starts in with the cussing. So later on in the chapter she gives a example of one of those times when she regrets to say sorry. The example was about a Dakota Fanning/Amy Poehler skit that she did with Ellen Page/Miley Cyrus and they were talking about their dolls. Then after shes done telling the story of what happened to her she then shows use the letters and experiences she had after she did the skit. I don't want to spoil the chapter so in the end she shows here solution to the problems she was having. So in the end the lesson she was trying to show us that you need to learn to think before you do anything you might regret. To me this was a great chapter and a good learning experience that I will cherish for my whole life. (This picture was taken from the book Yes Please By Amy Poehler)

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Fireflies By Julie Brinckloe

Julie Brinckloe who is the author that wrote the book Fireflies had many stylistic elements in her writing, some that I would use for myself and some I would try to avoid. Some of the elements that would come in handy for me would be how she showed the emotions through the child in her story. For example she stated, "The moonlight and the fireflies swan in my tears, but I could feel myself smiling." pg.28, I thought that she showed perfectly the lesson she was trying to explain throughout the whole book through this particular emotion this child was having. To me that is something I would use for my own writing. Now, something I would try to avoid would be, well, nothing, only because when I reread this story I literally find nothing wrong with it because I love the way she wrote it. A lot of memories did come in mind when I read this book, memories like, when I was a young child I would go to the a store and beg my parents to get me something, or when we drive by Gifford's I would be the girl that when she hears the words no after I ask, I sometimes wouldn't talk to my parents for the rest of the car ride home. I still remember waiting for the car to come close to Gifford's and my hopes would be boiling up inside me and then it sometimes ends with driving right by the place and my heart would sink. So these memories I could totally connect with and in fact I think anyone would be about to connect to this book, because the books lesson is a lesson that everyone goes through, and that is even though you want something you can't always have it.

This picture was taken from the book Fireflies By Julie Brinckloe.

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The Day I was Born....!!!!!

This chapter was short and sweet. Amy Poehler wasn't the one explaining the day she was born, instead she let her mother describe the life she was living during the pregnancy and birth. There was also one particular quote that really stood out compared to all the others, and this quote really to me tells the lesson of the chapter. "You were always part of all this, watching me become my own person, motivated and ready for change." -Eileen Poehler. The lesson I got out of this quote was that you look at the world differently when you have a kid, you take different ways in life that you never thought you would take. Its almost like saying your kid is a learning path in life and throughout this chapter Amy's mother really shows the changes in her life, for example she quit her job to be a stay at home mom. I found that Amy's mother's audience would have to be other mothers that can relate to what her mother went through. Overall this chapter was a great way to learn some background information about Amy Poehler's family and I'm exited to learn more about Amy Poehler's life!! This picture was taken from the book Yes Please By Amy Poehler

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Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

Some of the stylistic elements in Mother Tongue that I would use myself would be the way Amy Tan showed her true emotions in this memoir. She always seemed to write about the emotions but without stating them out with statements such as, I was feeling, or, one of the emotions that came over me was, she didn't do that, she used descriptive statements. For example, " And sure enough...I was sitting there red-faced and quiet, and my mother, the real Mrs. Tan was shouting at his boss in her impeccable broken English." pg.16, this is a great example of her not broadly stated out her emotions, but writing it in ways that we could still understand the emotion that she was talking about. I have to say there would be no stylistic elements that I would avoid only because the memoir she wrote was so beautifully written. Some people might think other wise, but to me when I read Mother Tongue, I loved every writing style she used. The reason why maybe was because there was a lot of voice in the memoir and I write with a lot of voice so maybe thats the connection I have with this piece of beauty. Some memories that did come back to me was the times where a person from a restaurant or a store, well I guess anywhere, would come up to my family and I, and I wouldn't have a clue of what they were saying or talking about because they were from a different country or they were just born talking in a different language. I still remember at those times I would feel kind of embarrassed because after the person is done talking and you can tell that there asking me a question, I can't help but look like me face is confused (because it is). But deep down I'm thinking, well I don't really know what I'm thinking because theres so many thoughts going around in my head. Also I feel bad because I know there trying so hard to speak english but sometimes I just really can't understand them. I think everyone thats had the experience from learning english can relate to this memoir and I think people who have had the experience I've had can relate to this story. Mother Tongue is a great story that can relate to everyone not just in the United States, but in the world!!!!

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Chapter 3: Laughing to Crying to Laughing


This chapter is different, only because of the wild stories that Amy tells. The chapter was a little uncomfortable to read because it talked about Amy Poehler's birth and the process leading up to it. Her language does have some inappropriate words but thats one of the writing styles that makes her stories so funny. The lesson, well I don't really know, still being a teenager and I have gratefully NOT been pregnant before. So if I had to guess I would say that the lesson was you can still do many activates when your pregnant. The only reason I say that is because throughout the whole chapter she talks about how she works all the time and gets tired, plus sleeps in and out through skits on SNL. Heres an example, "I was eight months pregnant and did fifteen live shows in thirteen weeks." -Amy Poehler, this is one of the things she aced during her pregnancy. One of the reasons why I love the way Amy Poehler lives life is because she never lets anything stop her from accomplishing what she needs to get done and in this chapter I think she really made that point clear. Go Amy Poehler!!!

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Once More to the Lake By E.B. White


Once more to the lake was full of stylistic elements, some I would use for myself and some that I would try an avoid. The elements that I would use for myself would be how he gave you in his memoir a nostalgic picture of his past and present. For example he stated, " I guess I remembered clearest of all the early mornings,....I would dress softly so as not to wake the others, and sneak out into the sweet outdoors and start out in the canoe...being careful never to rub my paddle against the gunwale for fear of disturbing the stillness of the cathedral." Pg. 401. This quote was one of the most picturesque description in the book I thought. E.B. White who wrote Once more to the lake did a lot of these types of picturesque descriptions throughout the whole memoir because thats the type of writing style he has. I, myself like that writing style because to me it keeps people urgent to read more about what your talking about. Some of the stylistic elements I would try to avoid would be how he writes the memoir back and forth from past to present. I would try and go back and forth from past and present, but not to that maximum level. The reason why is because sometimes the way they word it can be a little bit difficult to understand. While I was reading this memoir many thoughts came to mind. As E.B. White talks about his life and how times have changed on the lake and how be needs to accept these changes, all of the stories he mentions reminds me when I go to the lake. Some of my memoirs are about how every year half of my family gets together and rents a cottage and goes to the lake. All of the past memories he has in this memoir I can completely relate to such as dragonfly's all the way to the cold, wet bathing suits. Maybe thats why this memoir is so peacefully relatable. I do think the "universal truth" in Once more to the lake is showing how when you get older you need to accept change. Also what its like to reflect your personal life as a child and how even though your older the child you once were will always be there still inside you. Plus the feelings you face with those changes. Maybe when I get older I will be able to relate to it a little bit more only because I'm a child still growing up and I haven't faced these changes yet. Once more to the lake is a great memoir that will definitely relate to a adult more then a child. Once more to the lake By E.B. White is a memoir that will bring back that inner child in you.

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Chapter 1: How I Fell in Love with Improv!!!!


This is one of many pictures Amy Poehler uses in the book Yes Please. Her first chapter was called "how i fell in love with improv:" and in this chapter she explained about a part she got in a play, and how she loved the laugh of the audience. As she was explaining her growing up and going off to college she would also keep relating to one particular play she did called "The Wizard of Oz." That memory was how in The Wizard of Oz when she played Dorothy how much she wanted to do something different in the line she had to say. In the chapter she would do flash backs and then go back to her talking about her being in college and her plans for the world. Amy Poehler who's writing style I love so much is what makes this chapter so interesting. She can turn something in her life and make it so appealing to her audiences and thats why I loved this chapter so much. I can't wait to read more about her life!!!

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Why Yes Please?



The reason I picked the book Yes Please By Amy Poehler was because I have a very different writing style. Yes Please is a book full of humor and humor is one of the main writing styles I use. I'm not a person who is into reading sad romantic stories, I'm more into action and something that gives you laughter when you read it. Amy Poehler is one of those people who write like I do and I feel that I can relate to her writing style then I would for example Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone. This is the reason why I picked the book Yes Please.

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Peeps

Who knows whats in the mind of Alice Cockerham? #Fabulous "Am I Right"

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