Full of Beans

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Beans is the man of the house while Poppy is up north in New Jersey trying to find a job.  His mom takes in laundry to make ends meet.  That leaves plenty of days when Beans has to take care of the baby, Buddy, and keep track of his big talking little brother, Kermit.  But with the power of Nana Philly's girdle, Beans knows just how to keep that baby quiet.

If you've ever seen a Little Rascals movie and loved it, you are in for absolute fun here.  Beans bounces from his chores and responsibilities to some alcohol running and the occasional fire alarm prank. He's out to make enough money to get into the movies and get some decent ice cream.  He and his friends play a mean game of marbles and he keeps busy staying a step or two ahead of Dot...he hates that girl.

In the background the Federal Government is working hard to transform the fortunes of Key West and its residents.  If they can get all the garbage picked up and houses painted and outhouses cleaned and seaweed raked, they just might turn into a huge tourist destination and that means jobs and money and good times for everyone.

Filled with the jargon of the day and some fascinating behind the scenes look at the old Key West, this is fun, filled with antics and the good heart and bad mistakes of a very likable boy named Beans.

978-0553510362  Ages 8-12  194 pages

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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