Today I have a charming and funny early chapter book. There can never be enough stories that engage children after they have moved up from early readers but aren’t quite ready yet for the middle-grade tomes. This book fits the bill. Beatrice will make kids laugh and perhaps give them a new perspective.
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Title: Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker
Author: Shelley Johannes
Target: Grades 2-4
Series: This is the first book in a planned series
What this book is about:
Beatrice Zinker takes a novel approach to life. She does her best work upside down. Her friend Lenny is her partner in crime as they approach the world from a different point of view. But as third grade begins, Lenny has decided that maybe she would like to be right side up too. Beatrice is thrown for a loop when Lenny doesn’t come to school in their agreed upon ninja outfits to begin to start off the school year. Can the friendship be saved while Beatrice stays true to herself?
Why I love this book:
- This one is a totally adorable book. I probably shouldn’t say adorable because it might dissuade boys from enjoying it, but they will love it too. First off the illustrations are fabulous and elevate the story.
- Beatrice is an individual and I loved that she found a way to keep a friend without compromising the things that make her unique. Of course, she is literally and figuratively an upside thinker which makes her even more appealing.
- This book is funny. Not gross and inappropriate funny, but absolutely clever and imaginative funny. Plenty of giggles abound.
Who this book is for:
This is a great book for kids who are starting more substantive chapter books but aren’t ready for the middle school tomes. Plenty of illustrations, but not on every page, and a length of 155 pages make it manageable. Great for kids who like realistic fiction. The story made me think of Marty McGuire so if your kids like that series this one would be a good fit.
A delightful debut to a new series with sly humor and an engaging upside down thinker.
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