The Adventures of Huckleberry Hashimoto Author:Jack Doughlas "I suggest that you read this hilarious book lying on the floor. It will save you the trouble of getting up and falling down all the time." - JACK PAAR — the adventures of — HUCKLEBERRY — HASHIMOTO — JACK DOUGLAS — Illustrated with photographs — The author of My Brother Was an Only Child is off to Tahiti, Hawaii and Japan with his pretty Japanese wife... more », Reiko, and his pretty active 17-month-old son Huckleberry Hashimoto (Bobby to enemies).
Jack had a generally nerve-wracking, wallet-thinning, dream-shattering time of it. He recalls that trip as though in delirium - the mad fellow passengers on the boat, his child's little habit of liberating the local tots' toys, the lizards, the wrong Gauguin in Tahiti, the ever-lasting Aloha (spelled clip) in Hawaii, the shock of finding his Buddhist priest father-in-law's house like "a Japanese motel in the middle of Forest Lawn."
"Jack Douglas is out to be funny and he succeeds."
- Jack O'Brien, New York Journal American
Huckleberry Hashimoto's itinerary: New York to San Francisco by train:
After all the luggage was in the drawing room, Jack and Reiko discovered they couldn't get into the toilet - a very serious complication for two nervous people accompanied by a small leaky child.
On from San Francisco to Tahiti by ship:
On Tahiti Jack bought a pair of French sneakers, which he found came in three sizes: Too small. Too large. And too medium.
Then back to Hawaii by plane:
Muu-muus everywhere, which a well informed source reports were originally designed many years ago to cover the then naked Hawaiian girls completely, by a missionary who had inadvertently brought his wife along on his first trip to the island (a mistake he didn't repeat on subsequent first trips to Pago Pago, Fiji and Bora Bora - he only weighed four pounds when he got back to the home office, but his record for converts has never been surpassed).
Finally off to Japan by jet:
Japan is a country with a land area of 146,690 square miles and a population of 97,000,000 people. It's run by Harpo Marx, and covered with signs which look as if they had been made by a Jolly Green Giant taking neon spaghetti and throwing it into a Jolly Green Giant electric fan.