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6.10.2015

Biff and Becka's Stupendous Vacation | (Children's) Book Review


 Review of Biff & Becka's Stupendous Vacation by Elaine Beachy

Remember last week, when I talked about how I only managed to read one grown up book, and one Berenstein Bears book the entire month?  It's true.  Now, I've managed to eke out enough time to read a 100+ page kid's book.  Not going to lie, it made me feel good that I could read 120 pages in an afternoon.

Biff & Becka's Stupendous Vacation by Elaine Beachy is part of a series of Biff & Becka books.  There are some illustrations included, but as this is mainly text and a little over 100 pages, I'd say it's for a little older children.  In this particular book, Biff brags to his friend Clancy that he, Becka, and their rabbit family are going to the beach for summer vacation.  Clancy is cranky because he doesn't get to go, seeing that his mom and dad aren't 'together' at the moment, and there is a lack of funds.  Biff and Becka later find out that their dad had a cutback at his job, and they can't afford to go on vacation to the beach, either.  Their mom suggests a "staycation," to which the two kid-rabbits think she's crazy.  The stay-cation doesn't turn out bad at all, and everyone has a good time in their little rabbit world.

What I liked:
Underlying themes of respect, humbleness, and resilience.  Ideas that kids could do themselves- such as a makeshift version of Go Fish.  It showed all kinds of local things the kids could do that they hadn't even thought about before. The book clips along at a pretty decent pace and is written well for children.  Discussion questions at the end of the book to get kids more involved/ hold their interest.

What I didn't like:
Using the Bible as a reason to do (or not to do) something.  A lot of the times the response to the kid-rabbits were "because the Bible says this."  To me, that's a foundation that needs to be built upon… if that makes sense.

There was one rather strange passage in the book about the mother rabbit writing a pastor that was in jail, "because all kinds of people lied about him".  That she had found out about on a Christian TV channel, and had been writing to for years.  It was kind of out of place and a strange thing to put in a kids' book, I thought.

I also decided I needed some sort of rating system.  Stars are boring. Puppy paw prints are not.

So my overall review for this book:





This book was provided to me by Booklook Bloggers for review.

4 comments:

  1. Interesting read!
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  2. I love the rating system you've devised! I agree with you as that statement being a foundation to be built on.

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  3. hahah Thanks! To me, there could be more examples or whatever to include with a statement like that.

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