The tale opens with Joe Robert Kirkman shimmying up a tree at 3 in the morning to catch an opossum. Then he cooks french toast for himself while his family sleeps, breaking every pot and pan in the house and then splattering egg all down the front of his best suit. We learn that he is going to be questioned by the school board about his beliefs because of his teaching of evolution. While on his way to school, he sees a child flailing about in a small, fast-flowing creek. He dives in, expels the water from her lungs, and takes her to the general store, where he changes into an odd collection of clothes that afford him odd looks all day. The day is filled with many an adventure from ending up stuck in the chimney with a goat on the roof to a drastic interview with the paper.
|One of my next reads.|