Lenora Mattingly Weber Louise S. Bechtel - Essay

Louise S. Bechtel

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

["Leave It to Beany!" the fifth] book about the Malones will please all their fans in Junior High. Beany, the youngest, now sixteen, is shown in a humorous portrait, over-doing her role of helping every one and managing everything…. It is all fairly improbable, even for the high air of Denver, but it is at the same time warm-hearted and a good family portrait. It is rather a relief to find, in a children's book, a family going to mass together.

Motherless Beany rings true, so does the cooking by young and old, and the newspaper background. John's struggles with his history of Denver make a clever sub-plot, and the glimpses of several teachers are well done. The romance is played down, in a refreshingly humorous way. On the whole, better than most series books. (p. 10)

Louise S. Bechtel, in New York Herald Tribune Book Review (© I.H.T. Corporation; reprinted by permission), April 23, 1950.

This time [Beany and the Beckoning Road] takes the already beloved Beany Malone of Miss Weber's series [on] a trip to California to bring about the further flowering of her romance with the Morning Call's young red haired reporter, Norbett…. In the welter of events that includes scoops, caring for a friend's horse, finding out more about people and their feelings, this latest Malone story is a good bit of human interest, a good bit of newsworld background. Excellent for hours at the apple-supplied window-seat. (p. 78)

Virginia Kirkus' Bookshop Service, February 1, 1952.