Book: Full of Beans
Author: Jennifer L. Holm
Genre: MG Historical Fiction
Rating: 3 Stars
Basic plot: A prequel of sorts to Turtle in Paradise. Beans and his gang live in Key West. They have all sorts of plans to make a little cash (Hey! It’s the Depression)… including some shady dealings. That’s when some government men arrive to turn the place into a resort.
1) I enjoyed returning to some fun characters. Beans is a great narrator. I love his antics and his voice. And how can you not love his diaper gang?
2) Love the setting. And the historical back-drop of Key West being turned into a tourist destination during the 1930s… this was new information to me. And I always like to read about things I don’t already know in history.
What’s Not Cool
1) I’m not sure why this bothered me, but I didn’t like how Mr. Stone kept calling Beans “Peas”. And Beans corrects him everytime, but he still doesn’t get it. I think it comes across as a little too gimicky on the author’s part. Like she was trying too hard??
2) Dropping Ernest Hemingway’s name was a little too obvious. I feel maybe Beans would have referred to him as “Mr. Hemingway”.
My rating is 3 Stars (out of 5) – After reading Turtle in Paradise a few years back, I enjoyed coming back to Key West to hang out with the gang.