Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 130,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

The Aggravation of Elmer

Cover image for

Download


Published: 1955
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,546 / 18 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.9
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,429
Added to site: 2009.08.06
mnybks.net#: 24912
Origin: gutenberg.org

The world would beat a path to Elmer's door—but he had to go carry the door along with him!

Show Excerpt

was the darnedest traffic jam I'd ever seen in White Plains. For two blocks ahead of me, Main Street was gutter to gutter with stalled cars, trucks and buses.

If I hadn't been in such a hurry to get back to the shop, I might have paid more attention. I might have noticed nobody was leaning on his horn. Or that at least a quarter of the drivers were out peering under their hoods.

But at the time it didn't register. I gave the tie-up a passing glance and was turning up the side street toward Biltom Electronics--Bill-Tom, get it?--when I saw Marge threading her way to the curb. She was leading a small blonde girl of about eight, who clutched a child-size hatbox in her hand. Marge was hot and exasperated, but small fry was as cool and composed as a vanilla cone.

I waited. Even flushed and disheveled, Marge is a treat to look at. She is tall and slender

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.3 from 3 reviews: ****
2014.07.17
Lisa Carr
***..

A simple, silly story about a boy inventor. His inventions astonish the owner of an electronics store. But some of them bite back.
The childish mispronunciations of the girl are a pretty weak plot device that gets old quickly. The author did correctly predict global warming and the rise of the oceans, though.

2013.12.15
Henry L. Ratliff
****.

(1955) Sci-fi (Inventions) / Humor


From 'Galaxy Science Fiction May 1955.


R: * * * *


Plot bullets



  • Elmer is an inventor.

  • Elmer is only 13.

  • Elmer doesn't know his own abilities.


2009.10.28
ilikerobots
***..

Competently written but uninspired.


SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Author of the Day

A. W. Exley
When A.W. Exley isn't deciphering hieroglyphs or riding her horse sidesaddle, she is thinking up plots for her next best-seller. Nefertiti's Heart is a beautiful mixture of all Exley's passions in life, set in a Steampunk society, featuring a very Egyptian theme. As our Author of the Day, she chats with us about her fascination with Egypt, why she picked an alternate universe for Nefertiti and how she shaped the book.
Read full interview...