Saturday, January 23, 2010
That Noodle-Head Epaminondas
When I was a kid, my mother would occasionally let me order a book through the school book orders. I still have most of them today, although one of them is falling apart. But it is my favorite of all of the books that I bought. It's called "That Noodle-Head Epaminondas", by Eve Merriam. This book always had me and my kids laughing out loud.
This book may not be pollitically correct today, because it's about a little black boy growing up in the south. His mother talks with a southern black accent throughout the book. But despite the stereotyping, she is presented as a wonderful, loving mother. But that may be why it is out of print. Epaminondas is given some tasks by his mother, but he can never seem to remember all of her directions, so ends up in some funny predicaments.
It's collectible now, selling for as much as $125 in good condition! But they don't publish this book anymore. There is a similar one that I'm going to check in to. It's the same story written by another author. I really want to replace my falling apart copy!