Title: McBroom Tells the TruthMcBroom Tells the Truth
Author: Sid Fleischman
Illustrator: Kurt Werth
Pages: 48
Reading Level: 7-8
Star Rating: ★★★

Introducing MCBROOM.

The Story.

It was just time. We’d grown too cramped on our farm in Connecticut – I, Josh McBroom, my wife, and my children (WillJillhesterchesterpeterpollytimtommarylarryandlittleclarinda) were just too much for Connecticut to handle. So we set out west with ten dollars in my purse, hoping to find a new place that we could call home.

Well, we’d got as far as Iowa when we were offered what appeared to be a mighty fine deal – eighty acres of land for nothing more than those ten dollars in my purse. It seemed too good to be true! Mighta knowed it was a swindle, but that Heck Jones seemed such a nice fella – and not one to cheat a stranger. But there you have it, and there you are.

Of course, he couldn’t’ve known that the one acre of land he’d sold me was actually the richest land in all the country. The place plumb de shot out harvests – one every few hours. Yessirree, I’m mighty content with the deal, but you can bet your bottom dollar Heck Jones isn’t. Being such a mean, hard man, do you suppose he’ll try to get it back now?

Discussion.

I can’t say how pleased I was to find in this story the beginning of the McBroom saga. Prior to reading it, I had supposed that there was no beginning to their adventures – no point at which they did not squat happily on their miraculously fertile farm.

That acre (for those of you who don’t know) turns out to be the right growingest set of soil that ever existed. Why only imagine – you plant a bean stalk, and by the time you turn to plant the next one, the vine from the first is trying to tangle ‘round your boot! My the crops that land will grow!

In most of the McBroom stories, the dangers and threats faced by the McBrooms come from nature – a powerful mighty wind, a mean chompin’ swarm of grasshoppers, et cetera. But McBroom Tells the Truth features a right sneaky antagonist – Heck Jones, that swindler. I must say, the variety of forces met by the McBrooms makes for a nice switch up!

Conclusion. Obviously fantastic, but also quite funny.

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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