AWARD WINNING BOOK BY DEBORAH BALDWIN
CHILDREN, FAMILY, AND PRETEEN
STORY LINE BUMBLING BEA:
In Bumbling Bea, author Deborah Baldwin creates an enjoyable look into growing up. Beatrice has one more chance to play the lead in the school play before she leaves middle school. After all, playing the lead will ensure she will be in with the popular girls. She has planned all year towards this goal, she and her alter ego Bumbling Bea. However, things do not go as planned. A new girl has enrolled from Japan. Michiko talented, opinionated, and pretty, gets the lead-roll. Beatrice and alter ego Bea refuse to be denied and devise plans to get rid of Michiko. Let the games begin.
Hilarity, missteps, and bungling follow as Bea and Michiko come to terms. My children’s contemporary novel review follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:
To begin with, I must tell you how much I enjoyed this book. Although classified as children/preteen book category, I found as a mature senior I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Filled with laughter, missteps, and trials of the young trying to grow up, I laughed out loud at Bea’s antics. As I read, I found myself remembering my preteen years and the emotions that ran riot. Author Deborah Baldwin captured the pain and confusion of transitioning from a child to preteen and the situations the immature mind can create.
Baldwin’s pacing of the story was inline with the length of the book. The pace did not lag or bog down, but was steady and smooth. Furthermore, I found the plotting skillful as Ms. Baldwin brought all the threads together to create a solid book.
BUMBLING BEA RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
In addition, I gave Bumbling Bea 4 well-deserved stars. Subsequently, I found Bumbling Bea suitable for children and preteens as well as adults. As a senior I enjoyed this funny look back at the preteen years.
FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE:
Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and under my name, are my opinion. In addition, the ARC did not affect my voluntary contemporary children preteen novel review.