January 14, 2009

Elijah of Buxton

Ok, I actually read the hardcover which has a much goofier cover.  Of course, this one looks a little too serious.  Not that I have any suggestions.  The book hits both notes and many more.  It's a Huckleberry Finn-like scattered romp for the first half or so, but has it's harsher moments in the second half.  Yet as Betsy Bird says,  in one of her two reviews, "You can't sugar coat slavery."  You just can't and you probably wouldn't want to.

It's an amazing achievement and I'm not kidding when I say it's right up there with Huck Finn and The Hatchet and anything else you want to try to match it up with.  This one will stick around.

5 comments:

C. B. James said...

I've not read Mr. Curtis in a while, but I loved Bud, Not Buddy. Maybe I should get my hands on this one.

Teacherninja said...

You won't be disappointed, CB!

Doret said...

Hope you don't mind but I plan on stealing your Huckleberry Finn comparison when selling Elijah of Buxton but only when neccesary. Teacherninja will you share your Caldecott and Newbery picks and long shots. I just want this to be over with all this second guessing about what to have in it's stressful.

MotherReader said...

I found this an interesting book in that for the first half of it I thought it was one of those books with quirky characters in an odd setting and some semi-silly problem. Then halfway through, it turns more serious and Real. I was glad I stuck with it, but I almost didn't. And I almost didn't read it all because of the awful cover. This one is much better.

toni said...

Borders actually has this on a featured display at customer service this month. I was glad to see it there and am glad you liked it.