Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Homer Price by Robert McCloskey

Robert McCloskey is an American author and illustrator of children's literature. He was born in 1914 and passed away in 2003.  He is know for some of his books for younger children such as Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal. He won the Caldecott medal for these two and the Caldecott honor for a couple of others. Homer Price was originally written in 1943. My six-year-old enjoyed the book and found it amusing. I found it a bit charming due to the time period, but too silly for my taste. It was a series of different adventures of the main character, a young boy named Homer Price. The men hung out at the barber shop gossiping and in one story, Homer had some dangerous criminals under surveillance and when he called the sheriff he was told to hold them there while the sheriff finished getting his hair cut. Then there was the woman who could not choose which of two men she should marry and she would have dinner with one on one day of the week and dinner with the other on another day. While I did not care much for the book, it was well written and is now considered a modern classic.