Lenora Mattingly Weber Louise S. Bechtel - Essay

Louise S. Bechtel

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

["Beany and the Beckoning Road"] begins with Beany having a sad tiff with her beau Norbett. It sends her from Denver to San Diego to cure her troubled heart. On this wild jaunt by auto Beany and her absent-minded older brother take turns at the wheel. Their adventures are told with the mixture of humor, sentiment, and realism that have given the Malone books their wide appeal to junior-high-age girls. The horse in the trailer, the mysterious old lady, the trunk full of gold, all are utterly preposterous, yet cleverly related to Beany's love affair. That the lovable three-year-old could live through such a trip is the most miraculous touch of all. Those who already like the sensible, warm-hearted, direct Beany will have to read it. To listmakers who worry about such matters, it may be said that few teen-agers would wish to follow Beany on such a journey. (p. 10)

Louise S. Bechtel, in New York Herald Tribune Book Review (I.H.T. Corporation; reprinted by permission), March 16, 1952.

[In My True Love Waits the] author of the loved Beany Malone series turns to the post Civil War South and Southwest in [a] sympathetically touching if over-long novel of a young girl's marriage to an actor and the trials of poverty and social disapproval that it entailed…. Prolonged overtones of sentimentality may bore some but character and atmosphere are sketched to give a fine picture of the times. (p. 73)

Virginia Kirkus' Bookshop Service, February 1, 1953.