07 October 2013
Phelan, Matt. Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton. Candlewick, 2013.
Vaudeville performers invade small town Michigan in the early 1900s, and a small boy spends several successive summers with the group, befriending Buster "the human mop" and getting to know the performers. Not much else happens in this story, which has a gentle pace that matches its pastel illustrations.
I didn't like this book as much as I've liked others. The slow pace and nostalgic feel didn't appeal to me, and I don't think it will appeal to my teen readers, but my wife loved the book, so I think I was just the wrong audience for it. I will still book talk it to my patrons and see who will be interested.
Recommended for: fans of historical fictions, teens and tweens
Red Flags: none
Overall Rating: 3/5 stars.