From Publishers Weekly
"A hearty helping of old-fashioned, rip-roaring entertainment," said PW about this post-WWII story of an 11-year-old boy sent to spend the summer on his relatives' farm. Ages 8-12.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Paulsen can be very funny when he wants to be. In this novel, he has created a character that youngsters will love to read about, but would hate to be anywhere near in real life. Harris is a crude, rude, scheming troublemaker, but he has a sense of fun and excitement that makes readers want know what he'll do next. Like his literary predecessors Soup and The Great Brain, Harris causes most of the trouble while the less mischievous narrator gets a good part of the blame (and often the pain). Half of the laughs come about as a result of Harris's crazy ideas, like attaching a washing-machine motor to a bicycle. Equally amusing, though, is Paulsen's tongue-in-cheek first-person narration. PG-13 Award: In the spirit of exaggerated realism, there's plenty in this book to offend some adults, including French postcards, plenty of damns and hells, and more than one serious injury to Harris's "business."
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