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Mr. Beans
Hyde, Dayton O., 1925-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, PA : Boyds Mills Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
160 pages ; 22 cm
A boy rescues a performing bear in this story of high adventure.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.6 6.0 47242.
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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-7. In the early 1940s, two small-town Oregon boys--Chirp, a shy Native American orphan; and Mugsy, the local bully--become unlikely friends. One evening Mugsy goads Chirp into "playing Indian." They sneak into the backyard of Diamond Sally's Nightclub and torment her caged dancing bear, Mr. Beans. The enraged grizzly claws Mugsy, and the boy's screams bring Diamond Sally and the police. When Mugsy panics, claiming that the bear attacked, his nasty father demands that the animal be put down. No one listens to Chirp, who tells the truth and is beaten for it by his foster father. Chirp decides to run away, but first he rescues Mr. Beans. Boy and bear set off on a wilderness journey, pursued by the authorities and Mugsy's relentless father. The story builds slowly, and secondary characters are flat, but readers who stick with Chirp and Mr. Beans as they journey to freedom will enjoy the trip. Older readers looking for a boy-meets-bear story can turn to Will Hobbs' Bearstone (1989). --Jean Franklin

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-8-New in a small Oregon town and the only Native American child there, Chirp reluctantly agrees to participate in a prank instigated by his only friend and sometimes tormentor, involving a local dancer's pet grizzly bear. The bear, Mr. Beans, ends up slightly injuring Mugsy (in self-defense) and the town decides that the animal must be destroyed. Chirp pities him and engineers an escape during which the bear is hurt. They hide out until the animal can travel, and then head for the Idaho wilderness where Chirp's uncle lives. The journey unfolds with adventure after adventure as the two narrowly escape being captured. The story is driven by the action, and there's not a lot of detail, except for the descriptions of the country, which reflect the author's obvious love of the land and give this story a strong sense of place. The characters are not fully developed but are believable enough to sustain sympathy and interest throughout. Some readers might be offended by the use of the word "Indian" used throughout but the novel takes place in the 1940s, and its use is more appropriate and authentic for that time period. While not a must-have, the book will fill a need where nonstop adventure is in high demand.-Arwen Marshall, formerly at New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.