The first time I laughed out loud while reading a book in public occurred reading Sun on the Stubble on the tram home from school, aged twelve. Although considered a children’s book, this is one book that I am happy to read again and again.
Bruno Gunther is the youngest son of a hardworking German immigrant farming family in South Australia in the 1930s. The story follows Bruno’s adventures in his last year at primary school – sinking wells, catching possums, listening to his crystal radio set, getting a new car. Each character is clearly drawn – from his stern father to the interesting new teacher who has the same initials as Bruno. Heartwarming and utterly delightful, it draws on Colin Thiele’s own experiences growing up in the Barossa Valley.
Sun on the Stubble was originally published in 1961 but is still in print. Unfortunately I was unable to locate a detailed review for it; nonetheless, if you get the chance, do read it.