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Bikey the Skicycle and Other Tales of Jimmieboy

John Kendrick Bangs

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .n a while one of these would take a header, flying immediately back to his saddle again, however, and continuing on his[Pg 51] way until the clockwork by which the frescoes were run forced him to take the header all over again. On and around they raced incessantly, and so varied were the things that they did that it did not seem to Jimmieboy as if he could remember half of them in case he should ever want to tell his father or his brothers about it afterward.

"That's a fine ceiling, isn't it?" asked the landlord, with a grin, as Jimmieboy gazed overhead, his mouth wide open in wonderment.

"I should say so," replied the boy, delightedly. "I wish I could have a ceiling like that in my room."

"Nonsense," said Bikey. "You'd soon get tired of it. It wouldn't take long for a ceiling like that to drive a man crazy."

"That's so," put in the landlord. "But there are lots of things that would drive a man crazy that wouldn't drive a boy crazy&mdas. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A quirky little book

I like it. It different from the other kids books that I have read before. It had an old, but fresh flavor.

Bangs can be a very good humorist and fantasist, but these stories for juvenile readers can be pretty hard to take