Dandelion Wine, by RayBradbury follows Douglas Spaulding, an imaginative and thoughtful twelve-year-old boy. It is a collection of short stories, each one centering around Douglas and a different situation. It takes place in an American small-town called Green Town, Illinois.
Douglas spends his summer and talks about the happiness and sadness of the human condition, and sometimes, even takes about topics as mature as death and the afterlife.
In the collection, Douglas' grandfather makes dandelion wine, a wine made of dandelion petals and other ingredients.
I really enjoyed this book. Even though Ray Bradbury is known for his books in the science fiction genre, it was Dandelion Wine, a simple book for an extraordinary summer, that really made me enjoy his writing. It was a deep tale, talking about life and death, sadness and happiness. It really resonated with me due to a book drowning in nostalgia.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially adults. It will make you long for a childhood you once had but enough memories to make up for it.
Reviewed by Melody S., Grade 10