“A boy’s way of life in the olden heartland of America, now largely gone, is expertly summoned again by a clever grown-up kid. In a narrative voice that sounds like Penrod equipped with a few cuss words, Benjamin deftly depicts the world of kids (i.e., boys). . . . We can see him, portrayed by Master Rockwell, fairly leaping off a Saturday Evening Post cover. His evocative memoir, part Patrick McManus and more Jean Shepherd, has enough fun and wit to play with either, last kid no more.”
“I relished every tadpole-scented word of David Benjamin’s comic conjuring of American kidhood. If you’re looking for a sassy update of Tom Sawyer with touches of Holden Caulfield and Russell Baker, The Last Kid Picked should be the first book bought.”
“David Benjamin’s funny, quirky, entirely engaging memoir of growing up in 1950s Wisconsin is a small treasure. It’s full of the big heartbreak of tiny lives, the salty give-and-take of being a kid on the threshold, making the team but losing the faith of sweet innocence. Do yourself a favor: pull up an armchair and take a trip back there. You won’t regret the journey.”
author of Final Rounds and Faithful Travelers
“The Life and Times of the Last Kid Picked is a classic comic memoir. It has a wonderful combination of instantly recognizable truths and Tom Sawyer–like tall tales. Any former child, or present one, will enjoy this book.” —James Fallows
From the Hardcover edition.