4 out of 4 stars
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The Adventures of Tanner Bean was written and narrated by Michael Flipps. In the audible book format, the author spoke in a slow and clear pace as if he was reading to his own grandchildren.
Tanner Bean was 12-years-old and liked riding his bike and playing with friends. Popping wheelies and making long skid marks with a bicycle were some challenges and records that Tanner wanted to do. After seeing a red bicycle in the store window, he just knew he needed that bike! He was willing to earn money to buy it, but when the neighborhood bully, Corky, showed up, things got complicated. How would Tanner work through the difficulties and disappointments of his plans to earn enough money? Would Tanner need a miracle? Would he ever get the new red bike he so badly wanted?
I best liked that this book brought back good memories of my own childhood. I liked that I could relate to Tanner’s story of growing up in the 70s where the neighborhood kids played outside, rode banana seat bikes, bought penny candy, and did odd jobs and chores. I also really liked the author’s dad’s poem that was included at the end of the book. The poem rhymed well and told a story. This poem inspired the author to write his story of Tanner.
I least liked how TJ’s parents seemed too strict about TJ doing what was right immediately when TJ and Tanner actually decided on their own to do what was right during one particular episode of the book. I do not want to give anything away, but I was a bit surprised at the parent’s overly strong reactions to the situation.
I rate The Adventures of Tanner Bean by Michael Flipps 4 out of 4 stars. The audible book was edited well, as I noticed only one error. Each word was pronounced clearly by Flipps as he read the story. The author brought to life the characters of Tanner, TJ, and Corky in this simple straightforward story with examples of good work ethics, outdoor fun with friends, and doing the right thing in tough situations.
Young children would like this book the best, as I can picture grandparents reading to them. The nostalgia the book may bring to the grandparents could build a bridge to the younger generations. I agree with the author that this book is suitable for the eight to ten-year-old age group. Older teens that prefer a lot of action in stories may not be too interested in a typical summer in the life of a 12-year-old boy from the 1970s found in this book.
The Adventures of Tanner Bean
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