Great Read For Adventurists: “I Had Jelly on My Nose and A Hole in My Breeches (Vol. 1)”


Who knew a more modern day Huckleberry Finn still lived in today’s tech-based society?

Meet Robert McNally. An author who provides a hilarious recollection on his life, despite his story involving prison inmates, WWII, Nazi spies, and more dangerous adventures.

“I Had Jelly on My Nose and A Hole in My Breeches” helps take us back to the “good ‘ol days” of a simpler time when the biggest concern children had was how many minutes they could play outside until Mom and Dad noticed the streetlights were on.  After all, that was the universal signal that it was time to hightail it into the house.  Author Robert McNally’s hilarious recollection of his childhood memories, in The Memoir of a Boy on His Dangerous Journey trilogy is reminiscent of Huck Finn.  Similar to Huck Finn, McNally takes his readers along to experience extraordinary events, which ultimately form lasting bonds and memories.

The trilogy includes two volumes to-date:  I Had Jelly on My Nose and A Hole in My Breeches (vol. 1), Sister Superior’s Thumb, the Pope’s Ring and the End of Childhood (vol. 2).

I Had Jelly on My Nose and A Hole in My Breeches (vol. 1) highlights McNally’s childhood during WWII and the Great Depression when he grew up near a crematory and a jail. This wide-eyed, young boy’s inner circle included members of his family, inmates of the county jail, and his best friend Rosemary. In his surroundings were gypsies, beggars and hobos.  In grade school, he frequently hopped rides on freight cars to explore lands unknown to him and to search for Nazi spies. He even discovered a dead infant in the rubble of a fire he set twelve hours earlier.

“Times were much simpler then and the things we conjured up to entertain ourselves still make me smile,” says McNally. “My hope is that readers find themselves laughing out loud and recall their own childhood shenanigans.”


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