Wally Gant is a young boy in a southeast Kansas town. He
watches in amazement the town's reaction to prohibition. As
the adults wrestle with this problem (on the
bookcover: "Still, as some wag said, 'Kansans will vote dry
as long as they can stagger to the polls.'"), Wally gets on
with the issues pertinent to a boy.
Like making money. His first paying job is at Strang Dairy,
and Wally is determined to be responsible. But, as he says
at the ripe old age of 12, ". . . when my back was aching
from washing Moon Butter utensils, I looked back on the
happy, carefree days of my childhood."
Wally's dry wit and perspective show us through the
travails of his new love, of digging an old Model T out of
storage and "three acres" of chicken poop, of just being a
THE MOON BUTTER ROUTE is a joy! Wally's 12-year-old
perspective will take you back to your own childhood, in a
way that leaves a funny ache in your stomach. Of course,
that ache could just be from laughing so hard. Categorized
humorous fiction, I wouldn't take a drink while reading, as
you may choke through your laughter.
I admit, I probably wouldn't have picked this book up in
the bookstore. (I have a leaning toward romance and murder
mysteries.) But I would have missed something really
special. Even if you're not curious about Wally's life, THE
MOON BUTTER ROUTE is a reminder that we all need to laugh
and remember the simpler times of our youth. I highly
recommend you read it!
At Strang Dairy, 12-year-old Wally Gant's first paying job,
he meets up with a bunch of moonshiners and bootleggers -
some lovable and some not-so-lovable. In the Great American
Tradition, Wally finds love and fortune in a part of the
state that makes the rough Kansas cow towns seem like