Book Review #68: Jackie: The adventures of a little boy trying to grow up

Author: John Tammela

Genre: Non fiction (Children), Biographies and Memoirs

Language: English

Publisher: Acom Independent Press

Date of publication:March 1, 2014

No. of pages: 328


This is a true story about Jackie who is an average kid growing up in a Finnish family in Niagara Falls, Canada in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s.


Well this has been a contradictory book to read. While the cover image suggests some kind of childhood angst and abuse, the description talks about an innocent childhood of a boy growing up in Canada. This attempt, intentional or otherwise, can truly hamper the overall appeal of this book.

The main plot is founded on the youngest child of a Canadian family called Jackie and his innocent childhood spent among imaginary games, the angst shared as the youngest in a family, puppy love and discovering crushes. The overall theme of childhood innocence and simplicity has been maintained through each story and the schematic outline of the child’s significant moments definitely adds another unique factor to the book.

Like the genre suggests it is a biography/memoir; however, unlike the usual books of this category this is a simple book delving into the folds of childhood and will definitely make the readers, at least people like me and those older than me, take a trip down the memory lane. The technique of using english at its simplest form definitely helped in translating the idea of nostalgia effectively.

My opinion: Excluding the cover image, there is nothing wrong with this book. Definitely recommended for the age group of 9 to 14 years. The book kind of reminded me of the book ‘The Diary of Wimpy kids’.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5


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