bluffcov_72 (2)Matt Phelan‘s graphic novel is a rare history of vaudeville for children. Set in Muskegon and Bluffton, Michigan in the early 1900s, it shows all of the main acts while still focusing on friendships and the angst of growing up.

Henry and Buster are summertime friends, hanging out at The Actor’s Colony. Henry, a local yokel who helps out in his dad’s hardware store, wants nothing more than to join the performers. Buster secretly wants to be a civil engineer, but with only one day of school under his belt and star status in the world of vaudeville, it was unlikely.

With an author’s note and vintage photo at the end, Bluffton will pique kids’ performing passions and the history thereof.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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