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Mumbly-Peg, A Manual of Fun Between The Big Wars
by Don Roberts
Binding: Paperback, 194 pages
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Weight: 0.78 pound
Dimension: H: 0.44 x L: 9 x W: 6 inches
ISBN 10: 1412010373
ISBN 13: 9781412010375
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Book Description:
The author invites you to hike up your knickers, sleeve wipe your nose and trot along with Bud Pugh and his 'Depression Era' street urchins. You might spin tops, play Indian Ball, smoke corn silk, or swipe a melon from a street huckster.

The author uses an unobtrusive device for telling about the fun that small kids made for themselves during the mid thirties of the 'Great Depression.' With a series of vignettes, accompanied by delightful drawings, he records the fact based escapades of his fictitious friend, Bud Pugh, and Bud's middle class gang from the streets of Harrisburg, Pa. some seventy years ago.

Bud takes the reader into the clubhouse fo the 'Cloverly Heights Gang' where they share a corncob pipe and split a cantaloupe filched from a street huckster. On their roller skates they hitch a ride on a horse drawn milk wagon, with near disastrous results. Our diminutive protagonist fleetingly reflects on somber subjects. He treats the dour economic conditions pretty much out of hand, since they seemed to have little effect upon his pleasures or the pleasures of his peers. The seeds of life's finality were sewn in his juvenile brain one day when, they were told that Carl had passed away. Bud cried that night in bed, but more because he heard his brother, Jim, sniffling, than because he understood that he would never see Carl again. That would only come tomorrow and tomorrow.

They tasted bigotry, but were nonplused by its dangers.

In spinning his tales, now and again, for the benefit of the uninitiated, Bud takes time to explain such things as how to make an 'Innertube Gun', or the rules used by the gang when playing Mumblety Peg.

You will meet Pete Sure, the oldest of the gang and its undisputed leader. There is Tony de Angelo, the only kid in the gang who went to Catholic school. Bill Shell is the reticent representative of the group. He usually goes along, but not always. Sherm Sourbeer enigmatically lives up to his surname by seeing a cloud around most silver linings. Jim Pugh is the gang's outrigger and pensive protector of his younger brother, Bud. Sammy Lipman is an adjunct to the gang and its only Jew. The cross eyed little bundle of energy known as Tomcat Koser is another part time gang member. Finally, there is our artless Bud Pugh, consummate tagalong. These are the reader's companions in adventure, the kids of Tom Browkaw's 'Greatest Generation.'


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