HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Look on the Bright Side: Or There Must Be a Moral Here … Somewhere
Author: Frank A. Hedges
Publisher: Sunrise Enterprise, 2000
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 13 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Hedges, Frank A. Look on the Bright Side: Or There Must Be a Moral Here … Somewhere (published in 2000 by Sunrise Enterprise, 8191 State Rte. 124, Hillsboro, OH 45133). Author Frank A. Hedges was born in 1941 in southern Ohio and still resides in Hillsboro, OH. He attended Bowling Green State University where he received a master’s degree in education. However, instead of teaching, he went into the plumbing and electrical wholesale business with his father Aulbin, and continues in that business with his three children. Look on the Bright Side is classified as humor and consists of some 22 short autobiographical essays randomly chronicling various funny episodes in Frank’s life from childhood through adulthood, many involving his parents, wife Becky, and children. Some of the humor is a little earthy, but there is nothing vulgar or obscene. Can you imagine what might have happened when Becky found a squirrel in the house and tried to remove it with a Super Vac?
I must add the following disclosure. Hillsboro, OH, is also my hometown, and I am somewhat slightly acquainted with Frank Hedges. When I was growing up, my father was an electrician and every morning would stop by Hedges Supply Co. to get the parts that he needed for that day’s jobs. I can remember many times, especially in the summers during my teenage years, that I would go with him to help on something and would see Aulbin and Frank in their shop. Frank probably doesn’t remember me, but I’m sure that he would remember my father, Ernie Walker. We were in Hillsboro late last year for a visit, and I saw this book, and two other similar ones by Frank, Are We Having Fun Yet? and Stop, I Need a Time Out, at the local Historical Society Museum. Having known Frank, I had to have them and purchased all three. Anyone with a droll, wry sense of humor will enjoy Frank’s descriptions of his escapades.