Little Boy Lost is a wonderfully crafted book set during the 1930s and 40s. Raised by his stern Czech grandparents on a share croppers farm, Johnny learns about hard work early. There are few bright spots in his isolated life – his mother, his dog, his Uncle Ethan and his friend Becky.
Each thing that brings joy is torn from him and he continues his solitary life. Despite all the negative aspects, he finds solace in his surroundings. All the joys of the country are his.
Little Boy Lost is a poignant account of Johnny’s life – from birth to age twelve. We find him a sweet child. Lonely and alone, there is still a sparkle in him that won’t be quenched.
I greatly enjoyed Little Boy Lost. It’s a wonderful book, written from Johnny’s perspective, viewing the world as he does. The characterizations of other characters is minimal. The focus is on Johnny and how he sees them and what they mean in his life.
I highly recommend this book. Though very like a memoir, it reads like a novel. I find it difficult to describe the true nature of this book, but I know to read it is to love it.
Five Golden Acorns
© Dellani Oakes