Thursday, December 6, 2007

How Angel Peterson Got His Name, Posted by Mrs. Schauer

AR: Yes
Interest Level: Middle/Upper Grades
Vocabulary Quiz Available

Gary Paulsen's hilarious retelling of the childhood antics of his friends had me laughing out loud. From trying to break the world record for skiing—by attaching to the bumper of a car, to getting picked up and carried away by an army surplus target kite, Paulsen recalls witnessing and taking part in experiences that sound remarkably like they could have been the beginnings of what have become extreme sports of today. He does offer the following words of caution at the beginning: “We were quite a bit dumber then,” and “There wasn’t any safety gear.” This book will appeal to boys of all ages—especially the little boys in grown men’s bodies who will be able to relate to and possibly even commiserate with the participants of Paulsen’s youth.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness! As much as I have fussed in the past over my boys' "unsafe" activities, I now must praise God that they have never thought to do any of the crazy things in this book!! This book was great -- very entertaining -- as unsafe as the boys were (this is a 40-yr-old mom talking here!!), I do applaud their innovation, imagination, and perserverence! Good for them! And how considerate of them to spare their parents' horror by performing all those crazy stunts out of sight!!!! hah!