My 10 year old son and his best friend think this (and its sequel) are the funniest book(s) ever. I find the narrator a bit condescending and snarky (which does fit the main character). It is very self-referential. I've both read and listened to the book - the read is better.
BUT I like the premise and my son really, really loves it.
I have listened to audio books for many years. In my opinion, this is the single best recording of all time. It combines a gentle, funny, and poignant story with a quiet, understated, but brilliant reader. E.B. White reads his own work in his slow Maine accent. I have heard this recording dozens of times over the years with my children, and it never fails to bring tears to my eyes.
I first had this book to read to me by the second grade teacher in 1966. I am still listening to it and it is still fresh to me and to my children. You can't go wrong with this one.
I listened to this piece with my 8 year old and we both had a great time. What it lacks in great plot structure, it makes up for in good characters and fun factoids. The 9 year old girl genius with the dirty dolly was a pleasure. My son has enjoyed all of Heinlein's 'boys' books, although none have been as fun as The Rolling Stones.
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