Meet Josh McBroom, his wife Melissa and their eleven, red-headed children: Will-jill-hester-chester-peter-polly-tim-tom-mary-larry-andlittle-clarinda! One day the family decides to abandon their rocky and tree stump-filled Connecticut farm and start a new life out West. But a strange man convinces them to stop and put down roots in Iowa. On a whim, Josh and Melissa buy an 80 acre farm for $10 — sight unseen! Soon the farming world is turned on its ear and the McBroom Family Farm becomes the sensation of the county!
If you’ve read anything by Sid Fleischman, you know McBroom’s Wonderful One-Acre Farm is going to be one funny story with a host of crazy characters. Slip into a comfy chair and enjoy the ride. The hilarious illustrations by Quentin Blake only add to the fun.
Early Middle Grade Reading Level (3rd or 4th grade), 64 pages, Published 1966 – 1969.
The original McBroom Family Tall Tales were so popular, Mr. Fleischman wrote a few outrageous sequels:
Here Comes McBroom: Three More Tall Tales, 80 pages (1971 – 1973)
McBroom Tells a Lie, 46 pages (1976)
McBroom and the Beanstalk , 40 pages (1978)
McBroom and the Great Race , 57 pages (1980)
McBroom’s Almanac, 88 pages (1982)