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Reviewed by Tracy Young for Readers' Favorite
Arthur Strohmeier shares his childhood in the beautifully written book, Raising Arthur by Will Sherwood. This is a tale of a young boy born to German immigrant parents at a time when it was not easy to be of German descent. His father was already in his late forties when Arthur entered this world and he lost his mother at an early age. Arthur and his brother, Bobby, were raised by people outside of the family as their father could not cope with them. Following this disruptive period, we accompany Arthur on the journey that is his adolescence. Latchkey kids, Arthur and Bobby entertain themselves and get into scrapes like any young boys do. The people they encounter and the places they visit are described beautifully and by the end of the book, you feel like you know Arthur and his family.
This is a great read. Raising Arthur by Will Sherwood is written honestly and without rancor about a childhood that some would consider unusual, to say the least. There is no “woe is me” attitude to his story and Raising Arthur made me laugh and cry in equal amounts. The characters in the book are described in a way that allows you to imagine you have met them, and the stories are interspersed with humor-filled sayings that sum up the situations perfectly. Having never visited the US, I especially loved the descriptions of the places Arthur and his family visited. This book has humor and pathos and even dramatic courtroom scenes, something for everyone. I would love to hear what happened to Arthur in his later life.