cover image The Best Man

The Best Man

Richard Peck, read by Michael Crouch. Listening Library, $30 ISBN 978-0-7352-8886-7

In this hilarious coming-of-age story, listeners follow Archer Magill from first grade in elementary through to middle school as puberty quickly approaches. The book recounts milestones in Archer’s life thus far and introduces readers to the male role models in his life, particularly his father (who restores vintage cars for a living), stylish uncle, and thoughtful grandfather. Voice actor Crouch perfectly enacts the young and curious Archer and creates fun, unique voices for the other colorful characters. His emphasis and pacing capture the story’s progression and humor, much of which is rooted in Archer’s precociousness. His insights and observations are mature and rendered in sophisticated language, which Crouch’s youthful voice helps accentuate. Ages 9–12. A Dial hardcover. (Sept.)