Wednesday, December 29, 2010

THE CHARLATAN'S BOY by Jonathan Rogers

Whoop! Ladies and gents, this is the tale of two uglies - the selfish heart of a huckster named Floyd who separates gullibles from their coin and Grady, an orphan known as the ugliest boy in the world. Together, they run a popular scam convincing folks that Grady is a mythical creature known as a feechie. And for only a copper, villagers can have a looksee at a genuine, real-live he-feechie. Yet when the townspeople stop believing in feechies, Floyd and Grady have to move on to other flimflams until they decide to pull off the greatest hustle of their lives - The Great Feechie Scare.

In The Charlatan's Boy, Rogers captures the longing soul of a boy. Who is Grady? And where does he belong? Weaving this magical tale through the fantastical country of Corenwald, Rogers takes the reader on a wild adventure into the lives of comical characters and into a community of hucksters, hoaxes, and heroes.

More than a great book, this is a fun book. The Charlatan's Boy engaged my heart and tickled my ears as Grady gives a firsthand account of his life in the feechie trade. Grady's distinct boyish voice makes this story all the better as he uses words like sockdolager, caterwampus, and flusterations. Want a taste? You can read an excerpt from the first chapter.

This story leaves me wanting more from Rogers, and I can't wait to read this book aloud to my children.

5 out of 5.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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