By the time H.L. was six years old, he and Colby had become best buddies who shared a love of the outdoors as well as all things that exploded, burned, or shot. H.L. shares both humorous and heartfelt stories as he chronicles many of their hair-raising adventures beginning in the little country church where Colbys shameless hound, Pal, entered one Sunday morning and walked the aisleseemingly to receive his penancebut in reality, just wanting to sit next to his beloved master. In a time when kids were free to simply be kids, H.L. details how the boys explored mountaintop limestone caves, built a rocket that went awry, and viewed a meteorite that they were sure indicated the arrival of aliens.
The amusing tales of two rambunctious boys in Colby and Me highlight a time in history when children learned valuable life lessons simply by experiencing one amazing adventure after another.
“Johnson is a clear, intelligent, forceful writer, and nothing if not thorough.” —Wall Street Journal
Paul Johnson, the acclaimed author of Creators, Heroes, and the New York Times bestseller Intellectuals, returns with a captivating collection of biographical portraits of the Western world’s greatest wits and humorists. With chapters dedicated to history’s sharpest tongues and most piercing pens, including Benjamin Franklin, Toulouse-Lautrec, G.K. Chesterton, Damon Runyan, W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, and many more, Johnson’s Humorists is an exciting compendium of our most enduring comical and satirical innovators.