Raised on Hose Water
Master storyteller Bil Lepp turns slice-of-life (highly exaggerated) memories of childhood—and adult perspectives on childhood—into comic fodder for all ages from 8 up, framing his tall tales with sly observances of human foibles and past and present-day pop culture. Lepp’s three stories here, crafted with humorous asides and detours as they unspool, include “Olympian Disaster,” about the explosive and water-soaked result when the neighborhood kids put on their own Olympics; “Ornithaphobia, or Fear of Birds,” involving the ramifications of a frozen turkey mishap and a missing pup; and the title track, about a mile of purloined garden hose, a burning coal mine, and a sadly ill-fated goat.
Lynne Heffley ©2018 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.