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The Trouble With Jenny's Ear (1960)

by Oliver Butterworth

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I haven't read this book in years, but I remember taking it out of the library numerous times as a child. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Jan 17, 2016 |
Above all else, this book is hilarious. Every page has some pithy line that made me snort or giggle. I especially adore Mr. Pearson, who gives us gems like this (the context is the kids needing to come up with 50K):

"Why, that's splendid," Mr. Pearson said. "Now we have ten dollars, a dictionary and a giant-size package of cookies. We're really making progress toward that fifty thousand, and we have two whole months to go. I don't see how we can miss."

Beyond the sardonic hilarity, it's also a fascinating snapshot of the time when the US was falling head over heels in love with technology at any cost.

A lovely book. Highly recommended. Thanks, Wendy.

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  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
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The Pearson family bowed their five heads over the supper table and looked down at the tablecloth.
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Suddenly Jenny can hear what people are thinking. Her enterprising brothers immediately think of ways to take advantage of this unusual talent but Jenny is less comfortable with her new knowledge.
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