I have to say I was a bit skeptical about this months book, “The Charlatan’s Boy” by Jonathan Rogers. Just the title of the book had me a bit intrigued, but I was not expecting to be as completely engrossed in the story as I was.
The book starts out with an awesome sketch of what is labeled “The Wild Man of the Feecheifen Swamp”! Its a hilarious picture that reminds me of a gnome, minus the beard. I am not sure why that particular sort of character comes to mind, but there it is all the same.
One of the things that drew me to this book, besides being “In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.”
was that one of my favorite singers and authors, Andrew Peterson , annnnnd WTB had something good to say about the book.
Add those to the fact that I just looooooove to read anyway, I figured I just had to read it.
I mentioned earlier that I was a bit skeptical, and I’ll tell you why. I saw the cover of the book and thought that the whole circus tent theme was a bit over the top. That was just at first glance. I also am not too fond of books that have overly long titles, being as its hard to look them up exactly when I go to the library. With that being said however, after having read the book, I think the cover and the title are, if anything, an understatement of how awesome the book really is.
Mr. Rogers (won’t you be my neighbor? – Sorry, couldn’t resist!) has a real knack for pulling you into the story by a variety of methods. One of those methods is how he writes in the auto-biographical (is that a real word?) style of writing. All through out this book, I had one persons voice in my head telling me this story in his own voice. A good friend of my family, Dan F. is from Louisiana, and when he gets either excited and/or riled up, which him being like a big brother to me, I occasionally do to him on purpose, his accent becomes thicker. He is not an ugly man, as I consider the Charlatan’s boy, Grady, to be; but he IS from the south and when I was reading this book, it was his voice that I heard as Grady’s.
This book had me in tears at a few points, and in stitches of laughter at other points.
If you have not read it, I recommend it as a good, clean, funny read.
Check out what these other bloggers have to say about it.
Thomas Clayton Booher
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