Skip to main content

Book Review: Ima Nobody Becomes Somebody by Brenda Poage

Ima Nobody Becomes Somebody!: Book One in the Ima Nobody Series

In Ima Nobody Becomes Somebody, Brenda Poage introduces us to Ima, a little girl with a lot of problems. First, there's her name. How can a little girl with a name like Ima Nobody feel good about herself? Then there's her looks. Her red hair is all tied up in a knot on top of her hair, her front teeth stick straight out and her knobby knees knock together when she walks.

So the fact that bratty little Billy Do-good, her neighbor and classmate, picks on her is not a surprise. But on the first day of first grade, Ima becomes friends with Junie, who helps her cope with the bullying. They come up with a great plan for Ima to compete in the school Olympics and beat Billy once and for all.

Ima Nobody Becomes Somebody is a fairly realistic example of bullying, with kids calling each other names and sticking their tongues out at each other. I think it would be good for elementary kids who are dealing with bullying in their own lives. My son is in kindergarten, and I chose not to read it to him yet. I honestly don't want to introduce all the name calling and bullying at his age since he's not dealing with it at school yet. But I think it would be good for slightly older elementary kids or any young children who may be dealing with bullying.

This review was written based on a copy of Ima Nobody Becomes Somebody that I received from the author.

Comments

  1. Hi. Julie -

    I just wanted to thank you for commenting on my blog a couple of weeks ago and stop by your blog...and apologize for not stopping by sooner.

    It turns out my settings got messed up, and I wasn't seeing any of my comments...since January! I wondered why no one was commenting... Believe it or not, I've been blogging for years, so this is pretty embarrassing. Anyway, it's fixed now, so I'll be much more responsive!

    Oh, and you commented that you can't wait until your son can read on his own. Yes, that's pretty great, when everyone can read his own book. But our boys are 12 and 15 now, and we still love to read aloud to them! We also enjoy listening to audio books together. I also love sharing books with my boys now that they're older. You have a lot to look forward to!

    I'm enjoying your blog -

    Sue

    ReplyDelete
  2. I think I'm still on the fence about this one, but I'll still give it a shot. I agree though, probably good for a little bit older readers. Most likely middle grade would be my guess. I'll have to let you know what I think when I get done with it! Thanks for the review!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Banned Books Week: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

This is the end of Banned Books Week and unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to write about banned books this year. But I did want to include at least one post about it, so today I wanted to share one of the book series that it seems most people are surprised to find on the list: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.

According to Wikipedia:
The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009. Reasons cited are poor social values taught by the books and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness and bad spelling/grammar. This is an interesting example of a banned book. Many times there are serious, controversial topics featured in books that are challenged. Things like homosexuality, drugs, vulgar language, etc. You can actually understand why people may not want their children to read those books, and why they may challenge their inclusion in school libra…

Book Review: No Story to Tell by KJ Steele

Victoria has been put down since the day she was born. First by her parents who were disappointed that she survived while her twin brother died. Then by her verbally abusive husband and his low-life friends. But soon an intriguing artist named Elliott arrives in town and starts encouraging Victoria to follow her dream of opening her own dance studio. She also begins to receive phone calls from a mysterious someone who gets her to open up about her past and face her true feelings.

In No Story to Tell, KJ Steele has captured the small-town atmosphere and brought these characters to life. From the victimized Victoria, to her drunk and obnoxious husband Bobby and his drunk and obnoxious friends, to all the side characters who you'd expect to encounter in a town like this ~ all are so realistic in both their actions and their voices. She has written a compelling story of an abused woman who thinks she is trapped in this loveless, miserable existence. But then she finds a spark of hope…

Book Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Title: I See You
Author: Clare Mackintosh
Genre: thriller
Published: February 21, 2017
Format: ebook (NetGalley)
Source: publisher
Buy on Amazon(affiliate link)


Have you ever felt like someone was watching you? You will after reading Clare Mackintosh's latest release I See You. Told from the perspectives of two women, one who appears to be targeted by a criminal and the other who is the police officer working the case, this psychological thriller will have you looking over your own shoulder by the end.

Zoe is a typical working mother who takes the Underground through London to her office every day. Like most commuters, she has a routine that she follows every day, leaving home at the same time, sitting in the same train car, taking the same route to work from the station. It's habit. But she starts to realize this may not be a good idea after seeing her own photo in an advertisement in the newspaper. Another woman who appears in the advertisement is murdered and Zoe starts to ge…