The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread
On a quiet autumn afternoon in 1944, nine-year-old Morris Bird III decides to visit a friend who lives on the other side of town. So he grabs the handle of his red wagon and, with his little sister in tow, begins an incredible pilgrimage across Cleveland . . . and out of childhood forever.
Set against the backdrop of one of the worst industrial disasters in American his...more
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Honestly, I was pretty disappointed in this. Specifically the latter half. The author ran ...more
Update: After thinking about this book overnight, I must state one thing. I find it very hard to believe that a 9 and a 6 year old did what they did. I realise that the year was 1944, and to a certain extent, children in an older gene ...more
It is the story of Morris Bird III, a nine-year-old boy living in Cleveland in 1944. It is written from Morris' perspective, capturing his mischievousness, innocence, and perception of the world around him.
As the story progresses it intertwines Morris with one of the worst industrial disasters in American history. I had never heard of this incident and found this storyline to be particularly i ...more
1st from robertson for me. onward, ever onward.
20 jun 15
finished. great story! i've marked it as a favorite. and i've already ordered a couple more stories by robertson. how many more? how many other stories are out there that i've never heard about...this one was published in 1965...and as good a story as it is, you'd think i would have heard mention of it...somewhere. i think it was a stephen king interview in the new york times that called attention to this robertson guy. so...i fou ...more
If for no other reason than Steven King learned everything he knew about writing from John D. MacDonald and Don Robertson, this man's entire body of work deserves to be kept in print. This is one of his best books, and the fact that this is part one of three gives me hope that we'll some day soon see the rest of Robertson's body of work back on the shelves again.
Stylistically, there's so much that burgeoning writers can take from Robertson. He loves words, ...more
I really enjoyed reading "The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread" but it's hard to say exactly why...I loved the style and the rhythm of Robertson's words. I loved how he captured so many characters in few words. I loved how many layers there were to the story. I loved the morals he promoted, albeit subtly. I loved Morris' Grandma and his teacher and the tall black lady. It's a great book. I am definitely going to suggest this for o ...more
This is a book my mom recommended to me, after ...more
When Morris's teacher gives a speech about self-respect he decides he wants that. He plans a trip to visit a friend that moved away to another part of town. He's going to visit his friend Stanley Chaloupka, whom is an odd bird and doesn't have any friends. From the be ...more
And then, suddenly, it all comes tog ...more
The story is historical fiction, set in Cleveland. I didn't mind the story, but the pacing was off. There were times when it dragged, and then there w ...more
Sweet story very reminiscent of the movie "A Christmas Story" of a 9-year-old Cleveland boy named Morris Bird III who wants to do something brave. He decides to visit his best friend who has moved across town, and decides to get there by walking. Little does know he will end up in the middle of a deadly event in Cleveland's history that will showcase his bravery in a way that a walk across town never could.
Set against the backdrop of WW II, this book was all the precious hilarity and innocence ...more
What I learned: If love is a part of who you are (a general type of love- open to everyone and everything), doing what is good and noble will be a part of you. The world itself will seem to be a crazy place, full of those who aren't like you.
What e ...more
I found myself smiling a few times at the wittiness of the writing. BUT....oh my goodness...It took him sooooooooooooooo long to get to the jist of the plot. It took me forever to get through this book and I really wanted to love it, even like it alot. Selina, one of my favorite book girlfriends/cousin loved it...but all the subplots going on and jumping back and forth and the crazy names of them all... All of this totally outweighed the "good meat" of the book. I was pretty much ...more
I give it five stars - partly for conc ...more
Robertson won the Cleveland Arts Prize in 1966. The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature presented him with its Mark Twain Award in 1991. The Press Club of Cleveland's Hall of Fame ...more