A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

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I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Friday, August 29, 2008

147. Homer Price

Homer Price by Robert McCloskey

Pages: 160
Finished: Aug. 29, 2008
First Published: 1943
Genre: children, realistic fiction
Rating: 3.5/5

Reason for Reading: Read aloud to the 8yo. Decades Challenge

First sentence:

About two miles outside of Centerburg, where route 56 meets route 56A, there lives a boy named Homer.

Comments: This is an episodic children's book, typical of the time period in which it was written. There is no plot running through the story but instead each chapter (there are 6) describes an adventure of Homer's. Homer's life in the 1940s is one of freedom and childhood naivete. His escapades border on the outlandish and that makes them all that much more fun, but a little less believable. I've read this book three times now and I never get tired of it. I love the episode where the suburb is built with identical houses and no one can find their own homes and the 8yo loved the doughnut maker goes out of control episode. The 8yo thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think he's going to be a fan of other books in this same genre. He already loves Henry Huggins, and I have yet to introduce him to The Great Brain, Soup and Henry Reed. This book is similar to the others I mentioned and will be enjoyed by those who enjoy these stories of old-fashioned boyhood. While I really enjoy this book I think it just misses the mark to being great instead of good.


  1. I had completely forgotten about this book until I saw the cover on your post. Immediately doughnuts sprang to mind. :-)

    Thanks for the review! I'll definitely put this on the list to revisit and read to my kids.

  2. Homer Price for me is like Charlie Brown. Different kinds of stories but same characters. When I think of it it reminds me of my pals in Texas.( even if the people there aren't from Texas).