Daily Archives: May 11, 2013

Elijah of Buxton

by Christopher Paul Curtis
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

I am a fan of CPC’s (as I like to think of him), even though I couldn’t get into Bud, Not Buddy. I like his style and the way he writes how a child would think. Some of naïve Elijah’s thoughts trying to figure out how “growed folks” think are absolutely hilarious, yet you can understand why he would be confused. He is a literalist and has trouble with grownups’ sarcasm and gentle teasing, even though he’s eleven years old and most kids get a handle on sarcasm earlier than that. But he talks the whole book about how his parents think of him as a “fra-gile” child and you really sense how he grows up over the course of the book.