MISBEHAVIN' WITH FATS: A Toby Bradley Adventure by Harold D. Sill

MISBEHAVIN' WITH FATS: A Toby Bradley Adventure

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a previous adventure Toby Bradley went back in time to participate in the making of Keaton Comedies; here it's Fats Waller who paddles into the present (Toby finds him in a rowboat), having ""waited a long time to live some of those times again with somebody who could really truly appreciate them."" And so Toby gets to sit in on a one-night stand in the country, a Harlem church service with Fats at ten, a gangland shoot-out at the Frank 'n' Stein club, a near-impromptu recording session, and a Harlem rent party where the great James P. Johnson plays, of all things, Gershwin's ""I Got Rhythm."" Sill's format makes it impossible to sort fact from fiction, but what's hardest to credit either way is Fats' ever tapping an innocuous white suburban kid like Toby in the first place--let alone putting him up at the Waldorf, which he couldn't enter himself.

Pub Date: March 15th, 1978
Publisher: Addison-Wesley