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Posted September 29, 2009
This book is a hilarious combination of innocence with unintentional sharp as a tack satire on parenting, church and society in general as well as the world from a seven year old's take on life. The story is comprised of four young lads growing up in a small town in Canada beginning with the year 1946.
With small town characters named, the inebriated Athol Bentwhistle (ex-reporter) is worth the price of the book itself. The world through young Daniel's eyes (aka Meatball or Meaty for short) is a reminder of any reader's youth and stimulates long forgotten memories of one's own.
As young Daniel continues with this aging process of adolescence it is quite comical how he outgrows playing with live snakes, survives his hilarious conversations and outlook with Reverend Harry and begins the transformation to manhood? I leave it to further readers as to the "Evil Cortex."
It seems as a quick-witted, young lad; Daniel grows to be quite the romantic at heart. This reader was sorry to see that the story ended at age 16 and look forward to reading where life has lead young Daniel.
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