Homer Price (Puffin Modern Classics)

Homer Price (Puffin Modern Classics)

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by Robert McCloskey

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Welcome to Centerburg!  Where you can win a hundred dollars by eating all the doughnuts you want;  where houses are built in a day; and where a boy named Homer Price can foil four slick bandits using nothing but his wits and pet skunk.

The comic genius of Robert McCloskey and his wry look at small-town America has kept readers in stitches for


Welcome to Centerburg!  Where you can win a hundred dollars by eating all the doughnuts you want;  where houses are built in a day; and where a boy named Homer Price can foil four slick bandits using nothing but his wits and pet skunk.

The comic genius of Robert McCloskey and his wry look at small-town America has kept readers in stitches for generations!

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Puffin Modern Classics Series
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5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.42(d)
1000L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Robert McCloskey (1914-2003) wrote and illustrated some of the most honored and enduring children's books ever published. He grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, and spent time in Boston, New York, and ultimately Maine, where he and his wife raised their two daughters. The first ever two-time Caldecott Medal winner, for Make Way for Ducklings and Time of Wonder, McCloskey was also awarded Caldecott Honors for Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and Journey Cake, Ho! by Ruth Sawyer.  He was declared a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000.  You can see some of his best-loved characters immortalized as statues in Boston's Public Garden and Lentil Park in Hamilton, Ohio.

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Homer Price 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Sewgranny More than 1 year ago
I bought this book and the other book in the series, Centerburg Tales, for our grandson. I then bought another set for myself to keep and reread. Today, 53 years later, I still remember the story about the donuts from my school days when my 5th grade teacher read stories from this book at the end of the day and our work was finished. What a joy to find these gems again and know they are still in print for my grandkids to enjoy. These stories are good, clean fun. They move at the pace of a child who has an imagination and not much tech time. The stories leave a good impression, at least they did on me.
Tex_Animo More than 1 year ago
At least it's a perfect kids book as I remember it. Entertaining, great pictures (if you like line drawings from the fifties, that is), fun characters... No, there are no major life lessons to be learned, although, now that I think about it, most of the humor in this book is based on human foibles. The chapter about "Ever So Much More So" is a case in point. As I recall it (about 45 years after the fact, mind you), a guy comes to town selling cans of an invisible, tasteless, odorless powder called "Ever So Much More So", touting how if something tastes good, for example, just a sprinkle of this powder will make it taste ever so much tastier. One use a character makes of "Ever So Much More So" is to make a bed ever so much softer, but it turns out to be ever so much squeakier instead. It's much more entertaining than I make it sound. Trust me. Keep in mind that I haven't read that chapter in over four decades, and you'll get an idea of how memorable this book is. It was one of my favorites as a kid, and we got 10 or 12 books every time it was time to order from Scholastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KLBCHOICES More than 1 year ago
The author of Homer Price, Robert McCloskey, has written six tales for readers to enjoy: THE CASE OF THE SENSATIONAL SCENT: Homer catches a group of robbers with the help of his pet skunk, Aroma. THE CASE OF THE COSMIC COMIC: Homer's friend, Freddy, learns what Homer already knows about comic book characters. THE DOUGHNUTS: Homer can't stop his Uncle Ulysses doughnut machine! Now there are way too many doughnuts, and a lost bracelet cooked inside one of them. Let the eating begin! MYSTERY YARN: Homer's Uncle Telly and the sheriff both save string. Whoever becomes the World's Champion String Saver is supposed to win the hand of Miss Terwilliger in marriage. But what does Miss Terwilliger think of this little agreement? NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN: There's a stranger in town. Is he a nice man, or a fugitive in disguise? Homer is on the case. WHEELS OF PROGRESS: A new part of town is built in Centerburg. I loved this book ever since grade school, and The Doughnuts is the tale I enjoyed most. I remember that my teacher read this book in a way that made the characters come to life for me; especially the sheriff, who gets his words a bit twisted every now and then. And the illustrations done by the author are some of the best I have ever seen! Parents everywhere should add this book to their child's collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
McCloskey is the author and illustrator of the wonderful children's picture books Blueberries for Sal and Make Way for Ducklings. Homer Price (not to be confused with Henry Reed, another similar series of enjoyable books) is a young boy who lives two miles out of Centerburg where Route 56 meets Route 56a. In the six tales of this book, the reader is given a humorous and affectionate look at life in midwestern America during a time when things were a little slower. Find out how a pet skunk helped capture a band of bank robbers, what happened with Uncle Ulysses's new doughnut machine, and why the old stranger with the beard came to town, among other interesting events. Other than several common euphemisms (golly, gosh, gee, heck, tarnation, etc.), there is nothing objectionable in this book and much to bring a chuckle. There is a "sequel" entitled Centerburg Tales.
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slyguyreader More than 1 year ago
I have loved this book since I was a little kid. The story and characters are funny and dynamic. Perfect for teaching simple life lessons or just for a fun read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love reading Homer Price, I'm 48 years old, I remember reading these books in grade school. It always made me seem as if I were there in Centerburg. I can't choose which one I like best because I enjoyed them both. I wish he had more of them to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Long ago, back in 1957 or thereabouts, my grade school teacher read the stories of Homer to us and dramatically so. We loved them as kids. It must have stuck in my mind because now, when I stumbled around trying to think of what to teach my ESL students to give them more English, this came to mind. I will be teaching both books and have enjoyed rediscovering an old friend. It is wonderfully American in its approach, albeit a bit dated and nostalgic. In Centerburg Tales, Homer's Grandfather Hercules makes mention of American Indians in ways we would now consider politically incorrect, but if you forgive the changing times and values you will still find this a small piece of the America we'd like to find again. It was pre-Vietnam and pre-Kennedy assassination. We had better dreams back then, didn't we?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Last night, I finished reading this book to my 4 children, ages 10, 8, 5, and 3. We all enjoyed the stories so very much and were disappointed when we were on the last story. Therefore, I have just ordered the sequal! I'm sure it will be just as fun. Our favorite stories were the ones with the skunk and the robbers, the doughnuts going crazy, and the new suberb in Centerburg. Read this book to your children-- they'll love it too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
like i said above, it is a pretty good book. i read it a while back and i remember the edoughnut shop, comic book, and the really long peice of string. it is a very good book and great for some family fun. it circulates fun like a carasel with the horses going up and down with the music, you know the whole nine yards. yes, it circulates fun in a ccircular motion. i think everone should read it or they won't be part of the fun that is circulating around in a circular motion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My dad read this book when he was young.(it must be ancient!) He got it for 3$- in hardcover, and now it's 16.99! I have his copy, and it's a truly great book. Sincerely, M.J. age 11
Guest More than 1 year ago
I, too read this book in the 3rd grade and now I have a 3rd grader and a 6th grader. I could only remember the part about the doughnut shop, so I had to find it under keyword: "doughnut". I loved it so much I read it over and over and now I am buying it for my girls to read. I'm sure they will love it as much as I do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember this book from when I was in 3rd grade, and I still read it when I need a cheering up. It's a great book for children and kids at heart. All teachers should at least give this book a chance at reading time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
its a great book i recomend it to every body
Guest More than 1 year ago
Down in Centerburg, the funniest things happened there. Homer Price lives in Centerburg where he is always involved the weirdest situations. One time he found a skunk, named it Aroma, and kept him as a pet! Oh, the good times he had with that skunk¿ Then his Uncle Ulysses owns a lunchroom. He¿s always coming up with these new inventions, for instance his doughnut machine. That doughnut machine made the best doughnuts in town, but one time it wouldn¿t stop making those doughnuts! You should¿ve seen how many doughnuts there were! Uncle Telly and the sheriff have always loved Miss Terwilliger, and decided to have a contest. Whoever won would be ¿The Worlds Champion String Saver,¿ and would also get Miss Terwillinger¿s hand in marriage. It turns out that someone else wants to join in the contest, and you¿ll have to find out whom! This book wanted me to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. I couldn¿t put it down! See if you can figure out these dilemmas. You won¿t be able to put this book down!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Iloved it so much that I could not put it down I read it four times cause it was so good think god for Homer Price