Homer Price by Robert McCloskey

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Homer Price by Robert McCloskey (originally published in 1943) is a classic about a clever small-town boy. Over the course of the six stories in the volume, the reader discovers a bit of hilarity about a small town living in the middle of the century America. I loved the fact that although it was somewhat realistic, the extreme and hilarious solutions to Homer’s situations bordered on ridiculous!

Homer’s antics include finding robbers by using his pet skunk, helping his uncle win Miss Terwilliger’s hand in marriage with huge balls of yarn (whose yarn ball has the most yarn?), and finding a lost diamond bracelet inside thousands of donuts. The stories are ridiculous and are sure to entertain children today just as much as children when the volume was first written.

My seven-year-old son enjoyed reading these stories after I insisted he give them a try. He says that he “liked the whole thing.” He was retelling me the hilarity of some of the stories after the fact, obviously relishing the delight he had in first reading them.

Reviewed on June 15, 2015

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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