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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.


  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 -


  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!


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