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By the Great Horn Spoon! av Sid Fleischman
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By the Great Horn Spoon! (urspr publ 1963; utgåvan 1988)

av Sid Fleischman (Författare)

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A gentleman's gentleman from Boston flees to the wilds of California during the Gold Rush and becomes a hero.
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Titel:By the Great Horn Spoon!
Författare:Sid Fleischman (Författare)
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (1988), Edition: Reprint, 224 pages
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By the Great Horn Spoon! av Sid Fleischman (1963)

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    Good Luck Arizona Man av Rex Benedict (nessreader)
    nessreader: Both are wild western farces about the wild west as imagined from a long way away, tall tales full of crazy characters and danger that never really hurts the heroes, flamboyantly told. Very funny if not at all accurate.
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  MWSLibrarian | Oct 17, 2021 |
children's historical fiction (gold rush adventure with some fist-fighting and pistol brandishing, boat travel). An unlikely story (butler travels with runaway boy to make fortune together to bring back to boy's financially-strained aunt) but a nice adventure with a full audio cast. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I loved this book so much!!!! I'm in awe of the author's masterful skill with clever and entertaining humor; flawless, complex plot; vivid, colorful, crisp writing; lifelike setting and characters; rich, realistic and natural historical detail; hilarious action sequences; and compelling, well-developed characters. This is a tale full of engaging adventure and laugh-out-loud wit, and I felt like I was right there with the tenacious heroes through each obstacle and victory.

Jack and Praiseworthy are such an amazing duo of main characters, both individually and in their loyal partnership. Jack is such a sweet, spirited, cheerful, resourceful, brave, and relatable young boy, and I love him so much. And Praiseworthy is amazing in every way! (Except maybe the cigars, but he knows that already, and they're funny!) To name a few of the things I love about him, I love how capable, confident, courageous, caring, kind, and clever he is. (Accidental alliteration, my goodness!) And he's humble and refined and intelligent and tough and unflappable. Also, it doesn't hurt that he's tall and handsome and even more "striking" as a miner than as a butler - to describe him with the same word as a certain character uses. But good looks are nothing without good character qualities, and he has both in abundance. It was so fun to watch the gradual transformation of his appearance and lifestyle, piece by piece.

And I adore the relationship between Jack and Praiseworthy. I love how Praiseworthy looks out for and takes care of Jack. I love how Jack looks up to him and relies on him. And I love how the two of them stick together through all the ups and downs, and work together as a team to overcome every challenge and solve every problem. The progression if their relationship is wonderful - from master and devoted butler, to steadfast partners, and maybe someday to something more that Jack has always wished for. It warms my heart to see how Praiseworthy fills in for orphaned, lonely Jack's father, and how another character mistook them for father and son - to the delight of both Jack and me.

Both Jack and Praiseworthy had amazing character development and character arcs. From the first moment, they leaped off the page and seemed so real and immediate. I loved watching their transformation over the course of their adventure. And as a writer in particular, I was awed by the way the author brought them through the ups and downs of pursuing, winning, and losing the goal they aimed for above all else - and finding against their will that what they thought they wanted most wasn't what they actually wanted and needed in the end.

In addition to the characters, the plot was so well-developed and masterful as well! It was so simple yet so smoothly complex. Every thread and subplot and seemingly insignificant detail flowed together seamlessly and became essential to the main plot and the climactic end of the story. I was amazed at how each detail and character played a role, even though I would not have predicted it. And the plot was quite twisty and involved many unexpected turns that surprised me. Sometimes things happened opposite to what I would expect, but each time it was so perfect for the story!

The ending was so perfect!!!!!!! I loved it so much!!!! I won't say much more than that, except it hit on the beautiful and heartfelt theme of family, probably my very favorite thing to read about.

One of my favorite things about this book was another relationship, in addition to that of the main duo. I adored the hint of romance!!!! Subtle, gradual, restrained, understated romance is so more amazing than most more overt romance, and this author executes it so well!! I'm awed by his skill in portraying a compelling, convincing, and swoon-worthy romance without even showing one of the characters in person on the page. And I respect the couple so much for the way they handled it. The romance definitely made me squeal and fangirl visibly and audibly on several occasions, even more than the relationship of the two main guys.

I first read this book as a teenager when my mom got it for my youngest brother, and I enjoyed it highly even though I was above the target age for the book. Good children's books are good no matter one's age. Since then, I remembered it finally a very good book, and I still remembered the basics of the ending even now. Recently, one of my best friends encouraged me to try her favorite book by the same author, Jingo Django, which I'd never read before, and I loved it. I knew I had to read this one again too, and I even got my little sister to listen to the audiobook of By the Great Horn Spoon while I reread it myself! It's been such a fun experience, and while I liked it very much my first time, I absolutely loved it upon rereading it and appreciating it fully. I'm raising my rating from 4 stars to 5 stars, and By the Great Horn Spoon, is now ranked among my favorite books. Jingo Django is equally amazing and receives equal regard for me - I couldn't choose one over the other if I tried.

Content: This book is appropriate for middle grade readers (aged about 8-13) and up, and though it's written for that age, it can be enjoyed equally well by teens and adults. There's some mild, tame violence, limited to things like a bloodless and humourous stagecoach robbery, a man getting walloped in a fistfight, and someone being bucked from a mule, all of which are funny rather than scary even for a very young reader. The only true content concern I would have for a young child is that the book contains references to hanging and undertaking. It's written so subtly that if a child does not know what the term hanging means, the word and its convoluted euphemisms are guaranteed to go straight over his or her head. There's one scene in which a notorious thief and acquaintance of the main characters is just about to be hanged (a just reward for his crimes) and has a noose around his neck, but he weasels his way out of the predicament before his sentence is carried out. Even this scene is written to be humorous rather than frightening, but if a child is young enough to be scared by it but old enough to figure out what's going on, I would caution a parent to be careful. One other detail is that the adult male hero begins smoking cigars, and admits later on that it's a bad habit.

I highly, highly recommend this book to all individuals of all ages, especial those who enjoy adventure or historical fiction. The author's commitment to writing quality, engaging books for a juvenile fiction audience is on full display here, and it is just as good for older readers and adults. I first read it as a teen, and I reread it now as an adult, and I enjoyed it highly both times, as did my younger siblings in the target age group.

By the Great Horn Spoon! is a hilarious, heartwarming historical adventure for all ages. Its fabulous writing and its compelling story and characters will take the reader on an exciting and unpredictable journey through faraway times and places, bringing them to life.

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  Aerelien | Mar 23, 2020 |
Original title: By the great horn spoon! ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
This was my favorite book in elementary school (aside from Harry Potter, of course). I don't recall how many times I read it, but my paperback is so worn and tattered, I wouldn't be surprised if I read it more than ten times. Oh, the nostalgia. ( )
  Codonnelly | Jun 24, 2019 |
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