From Publishers Weekly
Six-year-old Ima Bean is "just trying to help," but she instigates a series of homely disasters instead. To mend the fishing pole that she broke, she takes the string that's tightly wrapped around the barnyard gate, whereupon the mule busts loose and drags a clothesline of fresh laundry through mud, etc. After literally upsetting the proverbial applecart, Ima Bean runs home "fleahop fast" to pack her bags. Youngsters swept into their own floods of mishap may take solace in the forgiving ending--"you're always family . . . even when you goof!" Birdseye's ( Soap! Soap! Don't Forget the Soap! ) plot devices are strained, and his often vivid mountain-folk lingo gets buried by laggardly pacing and awkward use of repetition. In her action-packed watercolor and ink illustrations, however, Lloyd ( The Gingerbread Man ) sympathetically conveys Hurricane Ima's frettersome frenzy. Ages 4-8.
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-Ima Bean is the central character in this rollicking tall tale. She is a six-year-old bundle of energy and good intentions-all of which go hilariously awry. In the tradition of Sid Fleischman's "McBroom" tales (Greenwillow), the language is pure country with all the marvelous turns of phrase, such as "running within a curly hair's stretch of.." and "ran fleahop fast." Tranquil Mossyrock Creek becomes a "regular flood of mishap," once Ima Bean picks up Grandpaw Bean's fishing pole. Lloyd's illustrations are as vigorous as Birdseye's story. This is a winner, and a great read-aloud choice.
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Suzanne Hawley, Laurel Oak Elementary School, Naples, FL
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