1. The boys are unlikely to have copied “each other”, assuming one actually reported on the book he was supposed to. Presumably the other one then copied him, but the first boy can’t have copied the second. Of course, Kid 1 could be complicit in lending Kid 2 his book report, assuming Kid 2 had been assigned the same book.

    Maybe neither of them reported on the book they had been assigned, instead between them concocting some fictional report about something else out of thin air.

  2. So when one actually reaches the sunset, it’s extremely hot? Or you end up on the sun? Not really sure what’s happening.

    Regarding the cannibals, I know it’s a standard in comics, but I’m not sure it’s the best way to cook someone. But hey, boiling a human alive is comedy gold right?

  3. I remember delivering my oral book report on The Wreck of the Mary Deare – the morning after the Gary Cooper film aired on our local TV station. Somehow I convinced Mrs Stuart that I had indeed read the book (although it may have been the Reader’s Digest Condensed version).

  4. The “Cannibals boiling someone alive in a big pot” trope always grossed me out. I always figured that I would pee and/or poop in there just to spoil it for them.

  5. “So when one actually reaches the sunset, it’s extremely hot? Or you end up on the sun? Not really sure what’s happening.”

    You ride *into* the sunset. You end up in the sun. I thought it was pretty straightforward. The only slight, very slight, confusion is did they ride through the sunset and come out the other side, or did they turn around and come back.

  6. Insert here the old joke about the “[Ethnic punching bag] country’s space program — “We’re going to be the first country to land astronauts on the sun!” — “But the sun is unbelievably hot; they’ll die!” — “No, we thought of that. We’re going to have them land at night!”

    On cannibal foodies, there’s a remarkably nasty story by David Case called “The Cannibal Feast” in which the victim is relieved to find the chief of the cannibal tribe that captured him is an old friend, an exchange student from Cannibalistan with whom he roomed at Cambridge or something, and the well-spoken and intelligent chief really is friendly enough to do him a favor for old-time’s sake — but it turns out only to let him choose if he’ll be boiled, baked, or fried. It’s nastier in the writing than it sounds in the summary; one of the few stories I would unremember if I could magically do so.

  7. Who else remembers Rocky & Bullwinkle telling the natives that they can’t cook and eat them because cannibalism is against the TV code. They’re dismayed when the chief says they’re not going to eat them, just kill them.

  8. But the squirrel is an animal, so it shouldn’t have been a problem in the first place. 😛

  9. Grawlix, that’s what the writers thought. But the network censor (or whoever) decreed that eating a talking moose and squirrel was equivalent to cannibalism. I read the behind-the-scenes story somewhere long ago.

  10. Ooten Aboot – generally the movies and the books differ so teacher should have been able to tell if you read it or not by what was or what was not in it.

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