Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn

This biography of Mark Twain is not like any other biography you'll ever read. It is told from the point-of-view of Twain's most famous fictional character, Huckleberry Finn. Narrated in Huck's distinctive, unlearned voice, this book is sure to surprise and delight big kids and little kids alike. I might be so bold as to say that I don't think I've enjoyed a piece of nonfiction text more than this one. I spent most of my time reading this book laughing out loud and sharing entertaining passages with my husband who was watching TV and had to pause the DVR on many occasions just so I could read out loud to him.

Despite the fact that Huck is telling the story of Mark Twain and trying to showcase Twain's accomplishments, Huck is really stealing the show here with his humor and lack of learnin'. With passages like this, it's no wonder this book is rife with teachable moments, whether it's  real-life grammar lessons or a lesson on voice in writing:

Livy was always askin' Sam to talk about his days on the Mississippi. Maybe it was this that got his rememberies up. There's no knowin' for certain, but in the end his famousest book is about times when he was a boy.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (wherein I plays a very important part myself, if it don't seem like peacockin' to say so) tells about the doin's of a boy, sorta like Sam was way back.

The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Barry Blitt
Published: March 8, 2011
Publisher: Atheneum
Pages: 48
Genre: Biography
Audience: Middle Grade/Young Adult
Disclosure: Library Copy

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