PERFECT FOR NEW READERS: Bea’s drawings are fully integrated into the text and help tell the story so struggling readers can begin to tackle a sophisticated-looking chapter book on their own.
ENVIRONMENTAL ANGLE: Bea is trying to save a tree from being cut down. A great introduction to the importance of nature preservation.
DIARY IN DRAWINGS: Readers with a knack for doodling will relate to the way Bea creates art everywhere she goes. The trend that started with Diary of a Wimpy Kid continues in this accessible chapter books series.
LATINX FAMILY: As a Latina character, Bea Garcia is a mirror for Latinx readers and a diverse voice among the leading ladies of chapter book series.
A CHARACTER TO EMBRACE: Bea is artistic, perky, a little bit insecure, and likable—an every-kid who could be (according to The New York Times) “the literary daughter of Ramona Quimby or granddaughter of Betsy and Tacy.” Goodreads reviewers are saying it’s a “great transitional chapter book. A precursor to Ellie McDoodle,” and the series has landed on Florida’s state award list.
Praise for Bea Garcia:
Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year: My Life in Pictures and The Curse of Einstein’s Pencil
Sunshine State Young Readers’ Award Finalist: My Life in Pictures
* “Bea Garcia is an honest and funny protagonist with whom readers will identify and want to check back with regularly.”—School Library Journal, starred review
“The best of the new crop…with the understated charms of Deborah Zemke’s heroine, Bea Garcia, and of Zemke’s skittery line drawings.”—The New York Times Book Review
“There isn’t anything real or imaginary that the endearing Bea cannot draw…Readers will find inspiration to write, draw, explore, and imagine.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Zemke clearly shows how art, self-expression, and humor can be solid allies when life doesn’t go as planned.”—Publishers Weekly
“The everyday ups and downs of Bea’s life will be familiar to readers, who are sure to appreciate Bea’s perky humor.”—Booklist
“Zemke has a gift for portraying the trials and tribulations of elementary school…A promising launch to this new series. Pass this one to aspiring artists, those missing a friend, or anyone who could use a laugh as she navigates childhood.”—BCCB
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