Gary Paulsen’s slapstick tales capture the “wonderful madness” of growing up in a small town in northern Minnesota, when high spirits, showing off for girls, and general idiocy led Gary and his pals to attempt some amazing stunts, including:
Shooting a waterfall in a barrel
Breaking the world speed record on skis
Hang gliding with an army surplus target kite
Inventing the skateboard
Jumping a bike through a hoop of fire
Wrestling - with a bear?
Wacky, daring, just plain nuts - extreme sports lead to extreme fun in new stories from Gary’s boyhood.
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Not my favorite but pretty close!
The dry, intelligent humor
He brought a little extra tone and helped bring the characters to life in the imagination.
Please don't try what you are about to see at home!
- DRR "DRR"
Not a book I would recommend.
The narration was fine; the story line was not appropriate for a 9 year old.
I don't think it should be titled extreme sports. It makes the book seem like it is about adults in the world of extreme sports. Instead it is about children doing dangerous stunts and living to tell about it.
Perhaps I misunderstood who the audience should be for this book. It refers to a young man who has a calendar of naked women; how they idolized a boy who smoked; and the whole point of the book is to explain all the dangerous things these boys did and how they miraculously lived through it. It seemed more appropriate for old men who wanted reminisce about their childhoods.