Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Bluffton

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Book Review - Bluffton

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About the Book
In the summer of 1908, in Muskegon, Michigan, a visiting troupe of vaudeville performers is about the most exciting thing since baseball. They’re summering in nearby Bluffton, so Henry has a few months to ogle the elephant and the zebra, the tightrope walkers and — lo and behold — a slapstick actor his own age named Buster Keaton. The show folk say Buster is indestructible; his father throws him around as part of the act and the audience roars, while Buster never cracks a smile. Henry longs to learn to take a fall like Buster, "the human mop," but Buster just wants to play ball with Henry and his friends. With signature nostalgia, Scott O’Dell Award–winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan visualizes a bygone era with lustrous color, dynamic lines, and flawless dramatic pacing.

My Take on the Book
This book brings you back and you really get to see the whole story of this character. You learn about his life and what life was like in his era - for the most part with only pictures (which says a lot). I liked how the story follows his life and you get to see him as he ages and other things get in the way. The book brings in drama, romance, life decisions and so much more. The book has depth and breadth and for me was not only for young, but even adults will find it an engaging read too. Get ready to come of age with this main character - you will love it, and at the end you will be asking for more.

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