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Onion John 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Andy Rusch becomes friends with Onion John. Onion John is very strange, superstitious, and can't speak English but can understand it. One day Andy somehow understands Onion John. Nobody else can understand him so Andy translates. Then suddenly Andys dad wants to help Onion John. He decides he wants to build him a house. He takes his idea to the rest of the town and they like the idea. They make a big schedule and the day they will build his house is called Onion John day.After they build onion Johns house he accidentily burns it down and runs away. I give this book one star because I thought it was very boring. It kept on going on about the same thing. There was no plot in this book, it was all about Onion john's and Andy's friendship. If you like exciting adventures and mysteries this book is not for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only reason this masterpiece would ever be included on any school reading list is if not one person at the school has ever read it (which is, I'm sure, probably pretty often). Newbery Award does = (99% of the time) books that read like exquisite symphonies; but many award winners (especially the "older" books) fall somewhat flat because most kids' ears aren't quite ready for symphonies (yet). Having said that, this book is an undeniable work of genius for adults (who have children ten or above). It has so many interesting, surreal, haunting themes that people without a lot of life experience (kids) are unlikely to "get" or enjoy.

And that is perfectly OK...so children, I totally get you not liking it. I wouldn't recommend it at all. But...adults with children looking for an easy read that will haunt and provoke...this one's for you...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blah. Blah. Blah. That¿s what I got from this book. I would give it negative 1,000,000,000,000,000 stars! It¿s about this ugly hobo who people try to change his life. Then this boy called Peter decides to be his friend. Next, they try to change his life. In the end, Peter tries to run away with John. Unless you like boring books, I wouldn¿t recommend it. Example; `Buufvjkfd¿, John cried as they started to tear down his house.


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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the worst books i have read i would never recommend this book do not wast your time reading this horrible book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Onion John a very well-written masterpiece of a children's book. It is about a boy who befriends a foreign man that is completely different from himself. The boy, Andy, is challenged with many different thoughts about the man, Onion John, and their friendship is a very realistic one. Overall, Onion John is an excellent book about growing up, making dicisions for yourself, and most of all, friendship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Onion John and Andy are very different, but very much the same, as Huck Finn and Jim. They learn from one another and learn from all else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Onion John is a great story about friendship, the characters and settings meet expectations and fit perfectly, and I made so many connections this book should be read by those who believe in true friendship. Onion was written by Joesph Krumgold in 1959. Onion John's main theme is about a boy who finds true friendship in a man who is greatly underestimated. This book also tied in with my life as I read this novel, presented in a third person point of view. Joesph Krumgold wrote this novel and presented a great lesson in friendship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book that everyone should read! It has an interesting storyline that you won¿t get bored of. Something new keeps happening throughout the book. The whole city built a house for Onion John and he burnt it down. It¿s very funny how dumb Onion John can be. He doesn¿t understand how things work. He has his own ways for everything. Onion John can¿t even speak good English. Andy I the only person in the whole town that can understand what Onion John is saying. Andy even tried to teach Etch how to listen to Onion John. Onion John is a unique character. I have never read a book about a man who couldn¿t speak English and burned his own house down. This is different from many other books, but it was a great story. It was very interesting to read and you can¿t wait to find out what is going to happen next. Onion John is an unpredictable character you can¿t tell what he will do next. He also likes to do some weird things. He hangs rocks on apple trees. He makes his own gold. Onion john also knows a lot about spirits. He taught the kids a lot at their Halloween party. Onion John is a wonderful book that disserves five stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Onion John is about a little boy who learns a lot about growing up! In this book John learns quite a bit about himself and how to treat other people. John had a friend named Andy and Andy¿s dad made up a plan to try to change John. John was always a very happy person this made Andy and his father wonder about John. John loved onions, ¿John ate onions the way other people ate apples or pears.¿ I think that this book is great for elementary school age boys. However, any child would love this book. I classified this book into the realistic genre. Joseph Krumgold was the first author to receive the Newberry medal for excellence in American children's literature twice. He was born in New Jersey and became fascinated with the movies at a young age because his father operated movie theatres. Later on in his life he was hired by the United States Department of State to make a movie about Hispanic workers in rural America. He won the Newberry Medal for Uncle John in 1959. Krumgold, Joseph. Onion John. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1959.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Onion John is an interesting story about the friendship of two very different people. It is also about how people view each other in terms of how we are expected to live. And when help is forced, unexpected things happen. I enjoyed reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 12 year old girl who has to read this in school. I found it confusing, because the main character Andy keeps switching subjects. Also Onion John doesn't speak english but his own made up language which is hard to follow because you don't know what the words mean. There is nothing to catch or hold onto your attention.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book in that it really exposes one to thinking about their morals and how they portray them onto other people. Sometimes what is right for you and the 'society' isn't what is right for other people. I think the old saying, 'do onto others as you would have them do onto you' is shattered in this story...it should be 'do onto others as they want you to do.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im a teen who has read the book. I found it very confusing. I think it is for kids who are older and not childed preteens would be best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this story is about the friendship between a forigner and a country farmer boy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's one of the most beautiful childrens' books I've ever read. Honesty, purity, and humor - the essential elements of a good children's book, are all invluded here.