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As a ten year-old I had a crush on the hilarious Homer. As a city kid, I wanted to step into the Price family's life. (Homer's parents own and rent out a cluster of small, rustic vacation cabins-- an idea I found marvelously exotic). But mostly I thought Homer was the funniest boy in America. The book was re-issued a few years ago. Good thing. Worth Reading, Book Lists, Book Worth, Reading Aloud, Homer Price, Robert Mccloskey, Childhood Book, Kids Book, Children Book
What's up? You know the rest of the sentence but 5, 6 and 7 year-olds cannot believe that word is in a book. Parents will recognize the boy who cannot resist repeatedly asking his dad that hilarious question because every child on earth has done the same thing. Reading the book or repeating the joke, they will fall down laughing!
Luckily for me, kid lit genius Joan Kindig recommended this book. It's not one I would have come to on my own. A multi-layered story about a boy whose father is bone deep mean. He attacks the tender, most vulnerable parts of his son. The father's bullying has kept the family apart emotionally. The saving graces are thin possibilities at first-- often dismissed by the boy. The story is well-paced and beautifully written. Read it and weep.