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Buster Brown and the Misfit Heroes is fiction for pre-teens and teens, based on real characters from the early 1900s. Buster and his talking dog, Tige, aid two young children whose bank president father has been kidnapped. They help the children fin
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Grade 6-8-Richard Outcault, the "father of the comic strip," created Buster Brown and his jovial canine companion in 1902. A couple of years later the name was licensed to the coincidentally named Brown Shoe Company and a 44-year-old midget, Major William Ray, was hired to bring the cartoon character to life, traveling around the country hawking shoes. The first in a planned fictional series focusing on this figure, Misfit Heroes finds Major Ray and his dog reluctantly embarking on an adventure revolving around the attempted theft of the Egyptian deity Osiris's gift to a favored pharaoh, a magical amulet that guaranteed the bearer special insight- along with world dominance. Ford's story reflects her considerable immersion into 100-year-old Americana and her writing sounds, well, dated. She combines poor little rich kids Tommy and Mary Jane and their family's black chauffeur with a midget and his bulldog and their "darkie" manager into a sleuthing sextet that travels from St. Louis to Kansas City and back trying to find the children's kidnapped father who's also the archaeologist who happens to have the Eye of Osiris. Ford throws in everything but the kitchen sink, including comedy (bungling crooks); motivation ("If it's a hero you see- then it's a hero you'll be," Tommy's talking shoes intone); a smattering of archaeology; shameless shilling of Buster Brown shoes; moralizing; and, most annoying, magic through the transformation of the talking Tige from the comic strip into a savior, his telekinetic powers invoked whenever the gang gets into a tight spot. This lengthy but lightweight mystery is for only the most voracious readers.
John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
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Book Description Skyward Publishing, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111881554287
Book Description Skyward Publishing, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1881554287