If I were to give this review a title, it would probably be something like, "Peter Pan of America." Both Tom and Huck are thrown together in this hilarious set of adventures that set off all sorts of emotions in the reader. The down to earth characters are charming and whimsical, innocent and yet not so, but always very likeable. Neither Tom nor Huck want much to do with growing up, and they find themselves at odds with most of the society around them. Many readers are likely to appreciate this feeling.
The story was written in an era of the past when social customs and norms were very different than they are now. By understanding this aspect, it helps to overlook the uses of names that by today's standards would be deemed as deeply insulting by many.
Overall the story was charming, funny and endearing. It's really no wonder that this book continues to be a classic tale.