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The Snitch, Houdini and Me: Humorous Tales of Death-defying Childhood Misadventure Paperback – August 14, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm a baby-boomer so Johnny Virgil's childhood memories reminds me of things my brother and I used to do. This book will bring back great memories of what it was like as a kid when it was (fairly) safe to be outside.
Everyone will enjoy this book but it is a great choice for someone hard to buy for or someone who doesn't normally read much of anything. Not a great choice for a boy between 7 and 14 - it will give them too many dangerous ideas.
You see how a kid's mind works in the adventures that Johnny and his brothers and friends plot. In some of these adventures, you'll be amazed that everyone survived and weren't horribly mutilated. Johnny was either really, really lucky or some kind of kid superbeing. (Not a super-Hero because some of his ideas were pretty evil).
Johnny's stories are hysterically funny and well-written. You feel you are part of his gang of neighborhood punks ranging around suburbs looking for things to mess around with.
If Johnny and his wife plan to have any kids, the kid will get away with nothing. Johnny did it all as a kid and lived to remember it.
I read this on my Kindle and then ordered the paperback so my husband can read it. Sorry, I don't share my Kindle!
Few books have been able to trigger the number of fond and/or cringe-inducing memories from my own period of growing up in the suburban 70s as The Snitch, Houdini and Me. I'd highly recommend this book, and Johnny's 15 Minute Lunch blog at [...].
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. I grew up in same era and can really relate to a lot of the stories.Published 1 month ago by michigan doug
I just finished this book, and let me tell you I LOVED it!! The author and I are the same age, so I could really relate to his memories and stories. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Linda E. Kinkade
Easy and a bit laugh out loud --- parts of it reminding me of my bygone childhood !Published 13 months ago by suncharm
Similar type of book to what Bill Bryson does, though this one is a bit more serious.Published 16 months ago by JS
This was a great book and a easy fun read. My husband is now reading it, I thought he would like it because some of the stories were similar to some of his childhood events... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
Just okay - mildly amusing. No great talent. Nothing distinctive or unique. Typical "when we were growing up" stories as told at the bar, after a few too many drinks.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer