My Summers With Buster
Phelan, Matt (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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The year is 1908, and a troupe of vaudeville performers has arrived in sleepy Muskegon, Michigan to spend the summer. Young Henry Harrison is fascinated with the animals and performers, but mostly with a slapstick performer his own age named Buster Keaton, who is also a master prankster and loves to play baseball.
Authors: Phelan, Matt
Statement of Responsibility: Matt Phelan
Title: Bluffton
my summers with Buster
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. :, Candlewick Press,, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 223 p. :,ill. (some col.), col. map ;,21 cm.
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Report This Mar 27, 2014
  • joywolf83 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I had started then stopped this book. Why? It simply didn't hold my interest and the illustrations were, at best, bland. So I decided to go back and read it with an open mind. This is about a young boy who grows up and one of his companions is Buster Keaton. Buster Keaton was a real person, with a facinating horrible life. This book however simply touches on the fact that he came to a town and was the companion of the young man. They are not friends. The young man is jealous of him, they played baseball together but that's about the depth of their relationship. I did research on Buster Keaton afterwards. And found out what a influential but tragic life he had. The book drops facts about who he was but glosses over the abuses that he suffered. Usually when a book prompts me to do research on a person I enjoy it; this time I did not.

Report This Jan 08, 2014
  • AlizontheAmazon rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Set in the early 1900s this tells the story of the main character's friendship with Buster Keaton when he was a child traveling as part of his parents act. Mostly illustrations, which tell the story. Done well and a nice introduction to Buster Keaton in a unique way.

Report This Nov 26, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a beautifully painted graphic novel, using watercolor washes that manage to be both subdued and dynamic at the same time. The faces and figures that appear in every frame are always lifelike, expressive, and dynamic, often rendering words unnecessary. ----- The story centers on a boy in a small town who is bored with the blandness of everyday life, dreaming of big, flashy entertainments. He is absolutely thrilled to learn that many famous vaudeville entertainers have decided to start vacationing each summer from their life of traveling shows at the edge of his town. The other townspeople get over the novelty of their new neighbors quickly, but the thrill never wears off for Henry. Most central to his happiness is the friendship he develops with the similarly-aged Buster Keaton, and they spend nearly every day hanging out together. Through Henry's eyes, we learn about Keaton's pre-Hollywood childhood--how children's rights activists hounded Buster's father for keeping him out of school, for instance--and a fascinating slice of history. It's a quietly engaging story.


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