My Friend Percy and Buffalo Bill Ulf Stark, Gecko, 2008, 202 pages, paperback, NZ$16.99. ISBN978-0-9582787-1-3
My Friend Percy and Buffalo Bill is Ulf Stark’s third story about his unlikely friendship with the rough hard-case Percy. This time we learn a great deal more about Percy as he invites himself along on Ulf’s summer holiday with his grandparents on a Swedish island. All our expectations are reversed as Percy fits in well with everyone, while the stirrings of adolescence make the naïve Ulf feel ill-at-ease. “I still wasn’t happy,” muses Ulf, “Was I turning into a teenager?”
As always, Percy solves matters in a completely unexpected way, lifting Grandpa out of his depression, creating a family reconciliation and bringing contentment to Ulf. This trilogy is a touching account of a remarkable and very funny friendship.
This review first appeared in The Press, Christchurch, New Zealand on 6 September 2008.