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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Charlatan's Boy Book Review

The Charlatan's Boy
   The Charlatan's Boy, by Jonathan Rogers, has a cast of characters as colorful as a box of crayons!  Grady is a good hearted young orphan who longs to discover where he came from.  All he has ever known is a life traveling with Floyd, a self centered con-man, and Floyd refuses to give him a straight answer on the matter. Their story is quite unique and unlike any I have ever read before.  Grady watches people in earnest, ever searching for a place to fit in and, more importantly, the parents that he believes he has lost.  Along their journey you'll meet the Ugliest Boy in the World (and proud of it!), an 82 year old woman who looks like she is 20, Ten Finger Walter, the phrenologist (reads people's personalities through the bumps in their skull) and more.  
   The Charlatan's Boy is a wonderful combination of Robin Hood, Lord of the Rings and Huckleberry Finn.    Follow along with Grady and Floyd as they travel through the Corenwald frontier "educating" townspeople about the wild Feechie Folk.  Are they real?    Every day is a new adventure but you never know exactly who you can trust.  I enjoyed this book but felt that it began to drag a bit near the end.  I was anxious to see how it would end so perhaps I was just in a hurry to find out what would happen.  I do feel that it would be a great read aloud for the whole family!

*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.* 

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