Booth Tarkington's "Penrod" is considered a classic bit of Americana, a tale of the adventures of an 11-yr.-old boy growing up in the Midwest just after the turn of the 20th century. Penrod Schofield is always getting into scrapes of his own creation, and getting out of them by his willingness to tell tales of extraordinary inventiveness, i.e. whoppers. He is charming, funny, full of boyish attitudes and chasing boyish adventures, and he is highly imaginative when it comes to living his life. In the course of this work, he grows up immensely, and it is a pleasure to see.
Now I must include a trigger warning. White people in Penrod's era were casually racist, and Tarkington is as guilty of this as any author of his day. Even with the most "liberal" and kindly attitude possible in those days, the author drops a number of labels on Penrod's two black friends that discomfited me highly, and which some will undoubtedly find reprehensible.
Still, within the limitations of his time and place, Penrod is the most delightful all-American boys, falling somewhere on a continuum that includes Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, the Hardy boys and that kid with the bb gun in "A Christmas Story". Despite my reservations anent the caveats listed above, I feel I can still recommend it.