Book Review: Farmer Boy

Book Review: Farmer BoyFarmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams
Series: Little House #3
Reading Challenges: #LittleHouseRAL

Growing up on his family's farm in New York, Almanzo Wilder wishes for just one thing--his very own horse. But Father doesn't yet trust him with such a big responsibility. Almanzo needs to prove himself--but how?

This was the third book in the Little House on the Prairie series and so far it is my least favorite. I really did not enjoy this book.

Farmer Boy follows a year in the life of nine-year-old Almanzo Wilder, Laura’s future husband, in New York state. At the time of the book he is the fifth child and youngest son of his parents, whose names are never listed. His older siblings are Royal (13), Eliza Jane (12) and Alice (10) and upon research I learned he was had an older sister, Laura (22) who was presumed to have left the house and started a life and family of her own. Also, I learned he had a younger brother, Perley Day, who born two years after the setting of the book and the ages of the three siblings listed are off from their real ages in 1866-67.
There are quite a few different stories and events that happens during the year of Almanzo’s life, but like I said earlier, I found this book boring, which disappointed me. However, the one story, one of the first stories, that was quite amusing to me was about Mr. Corse, the current school teacher, a whip given to him by Mr. Wilder, and teenage boys, including Big Bill Ritchie. The teenage boys rarely attended school but when they did they tried to do anything and everything possible to make the teacher (not just Mr. Corse, since he was only there for a year or two) discipline them. And once they were disciplined, or rather threatened to be disciplined, the teenagers would basically jump the teacher. However, Mr. Corse was one step ahead of them. You’ll have to read (at least that part) to find out what happened.


  1. Ah, so sorry you didn’t really enjoy this one! Perhaps the next one will be a better read for you! I loved Mr. Corse so much…and Almonzo for being so worried about him! Wouldn’t it be so different to live with all your student’s families during the course of the school year? Wow… Nice review and here’s hoping On the Banks of Plum Creek will give you much more enjoyment!

    1. Yes I enjoyed him as well. And I could not imagine being a teacher and living with one of my students let alone most of them. It was interesting times then.

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