In 1908, summer days are slow and sleepy in Muskegon, Michigan. Henry Harrison spends his days helping out at his Father’s hardware store and lazing about town. But the world comes to life for Henry on the day the Vaudevillians come to town. Elephants! Show people! And to top it all off–there are kids! Henry starts going down to Bluffton to see the Vaudevillians, everyday. He makes fast friends with two boys his age, Buster Keaton and Lex. They play baseball, play pranks, and lay out on the dock talking about life. But summers are short, and the Vaudevillians can’t stay. The rest of the year is always a blur, and years pass by but Henry looks forward to seeing his friends in the summer. As the summers come and go, we see that Henry is sometimes jealous of his friends’ seemingly glamorous lives and acrobatic talents but that he is starting to learn who he is and who he wants to become. While this story is more about learning who you are than it is about Buster Keaton, it is also a fun glimpse into the Great Stone Face’s childhood days.
Reviewed by Grace