The Life and Times of the Last Kid Picked

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Bantam, 2002 - Boys - 271 pages
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In this affectionate and highly entertaining account of his madcap childhood, Dave Benjamin pays homage to the exuberance, innocence and larger-than-life adventures of children everywhere. Whether he is stalking frogs in swimming holes or sneaking into the local theatre to watch Saturday afternoon westerns, this is the kind of little kid who would have eagerly fallen in with Tom Sawyer - and gotten him into big trouble.His rollicking adventures - including an unforgettable bonding with Snappy the turtle and a run-in with a fiendish squirrel - are a wonderful combination of instantly recognisable truths and tall tales: at times hysterically funny, movingly sincere, caustic and intrepid. Traversing the nooks and crannies of childhood, he also recreates with relish the hideous monsters kids can conjure from their fears, with a little help from adults.

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Whether one grows up in 1950s Wisconsin or 1990s California, many of the highs and lows of childhood are universal. Part of the charm of Benjamin's new autobiography is this familiarity. His ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

David Benjamin is a former editor of the Mansfield Massachusetts News, he now lives with wife, Junko, in Paris.

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