Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker

Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker Beatrice does her best thinking upside down Hanging from trees by her knees doing handstands for Beatrice Zinker upside down works every time She was definitely upside down when she and her best fri

  • Title: Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker
  • Author: Shelley Johannes
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Beatrice does her best thinking upside down.Hanging from trees by her knees, doing handstands for Beatrice Zinker, upside down works every time She was definitely upside down when she and her best friend, Lenny, agreed to wear matching ninja suits on the first day of third grade But when Beatrice shows up at school dressed in black, Lenny arrives with a cool new ouBeatrice does her best thinking upside down.Hanging from trees by her knees, doing handstands for Beatrice Zinker, upside down works every time She was definitely upside down when she and her best friend, Lenny, agreed to wear matching ninja suits on the first day of third grade But when Beatrice shows up at school dressed in black, Lenny arrives with a cool new outfit and a cool new friend Even worse, she seems to have forgotten all about the top secret operation they planned Can Beatrice use her topsy turvy way of thinking to save the mission, mend their friendship, and flip things sunny side up

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    1. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Beatrice Zinker deserves a spot alongside other memorable characters like Clementine and Ramona the Pest.

    2. Check out more Picture book reviews @ Perspective of a WriterBeatrice Zinker does everything better upside down! Over summer break she's missing her best friend, Lenny, but they have a top secret plan once school is back in session! Only Lenny doesn't come in a matching ninja suit on the first day of third grade no! She's totally different with not only a cool new look but also a cool new friend and there doesn't seem to be a place for Beatrice. I saw this on netgalley and it is the right readin [...]

    3. I have always loved books that focus more on character than plot, and this book has that in spades. Beatrice Zinker always sees the upside to life because she spends so much time upside down. This is an absolutely darling early chapter book to transition 2nd-4th graders into longer novels. I can't wait to read Beatrice's next upside down adventure.

    4. This is fabulous for that beginning chapter book reader. Cute story, fun character, and a plot that embraces humor and uniqueness. A great addition to any mid-elementary grades series collection.

    5. I loved getting to know Beatrice Zinker. She's got the spunk and bad luck of Ramona Quimby with the quirky illustrations that remind me of another one of my favorite heroines, Dory Fantasmagory.Let's all be Upside Down Thinkers.

    6. "Some losses were worse than others. A secret base was replaceable. Lenny Santos was not." A delightful story about friendship and change with a uniquely charming character at its (upside down) heart.

    7. I loved Beatrice! What a fun character!!! Fans of Ramona Quimby or Gertie's Leap to Greatness will love this!

    8. This book is delightful and the illustrations are fun. The story is fast paced and a pretty quick read at 167 pages with a lot of illustrations. It is perfect for the reluctant Middle Grade aged reader, and would also be a fabulous chapter, or two, a night bedtime story for the younger crowd. It has themes of finding your place in family and peer groups, with friendship in the spotlight.I was approved for an eARC, via Netgalley, in return for an honest review.

    9. Beatrice Zinker is an Upside Down Thinker. She has a best friend, Lenny who loves her just the way she is. Things are great until the girls come back from summer break as third graders. While Beatrice is ready for fun and spy games, Lenny seems to have changed over the summer. This book is a must have for any 2nd-4th grade library. Kids will relate to Beatrice and her friendship woes. Let's hope kids remain as cool and calm and ready to problem-solve as our friend, Beatrice!

    10. Brilliant writing, dazzling wordplay, sly humor -- and an important story about individuality, optimism, and the shifting shapes of friendships. Top all this off with clever, pitch-perfect, and downright delightful illustrations, and you have one of the best all-around books I've read in years. Simply wonderful.

    11. A new early chapter book series full of wordplay and crazy antics. Things I loved about it:1. It features a Filipino character.2. The plan that doesn't end up happening becomes something else which becomes the driving plot for the entire series. I won't spoil it for you but it's about kindness.

    12. I absolutely loved this book. Love Shelley Johannes' writing style! This book has a great message and is accessible to younger readers. The main character is in 3rd grade and I can see primary children loving this book!

    13. Finding transitional chapter books that get everything right is hard, but this one nails it! Looking forward to a lot more Beatrice in the future!

    14. If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.Henry David ThoreauIt takes great courage to be an original, especially for children. The way you dress and wear your hair, the manner in which you voice your opinions, and how you choose to act all set you apart from everyone else. Even if there are those who admire your outlook on the world in general and specifically how yo [...]

    15. I just finished reading this book and I am truly impressed! On the back cover of the book it says "There are infinite upsides to being yourself." and that truly embraces the heart/message of the story! Beatrice Zinker is definitely her own person and has embraced her uniqueness (I'm not sure that's even the right description, maybe she just 'is who she is' would be more accurate?!). Regardless, I feel that Beatrice's character reminds of Ramona Quimby in some ways and I love BOTH characters! I t [...]

    16. Beatrice is that girl who sets her own path, usually in a different direction from the rest of the class, especially the teacher. Beatrice dresses in a a black turtleneck and jeans for her spying Ninja activities anticipating a fun first spying day in third grade with her best friend Lenny. Things don't go as expected since Lenny has found a new friend over the summer. Resilient Beatrice who prefers to pose and contemplate life upside down, ponders and executes some solutions to her new Lenny ch [...]

    17. I have been looking forward to this book since meeting Shelley Johannes at a summer conference 2 years ago! This is a great book club book to read with 3rd graders at the beginning of the school year or 2nd graders at the end of the school year. It would also be a book that I would recommend to a school counselor to use with a small group of girls that are working through friendship issues (new friends, accepting differences, etc.). I am looking forward to reading more books in the future by She [...]

    18. Beatrice Zinker is bound for greatness! She's so irreverent and reflective, so wry and creative. I love her mind! Johannes writes and draws Beatrice in smart ways that nod to new readers' abilities to interpret and intuit. This would make a great read aloud for 2nd/3rd grade and is a great independent novel for new and confident readers. My 2nd grader loved it.

    19. Beatrice is starting third grade. She is unique, different, quirky, and her own person. When her best friend Lenny arrives after summer break with a new friend, life gets even more upside down for Beatrice!

    20. From the start of this book to the end, I could not stop smiling (wellexcept for the slightly sad part in the middle). Beatrice Zinker is a fun character who just sees the world in a different way. Perfect book for 2nd or 3rd graders. The world needs more Beatrice Zinkers right now!

    21. Loved this charming book. So many kids will be able to relate to this book! Cannot wait to hear more from Beatrice!

    22. This book was utterly delightful! The illustrations were gorgeous and full of character. I loved the story and can’t wait to share with the young readers in my life.

    23. The Krajewskis are big fans of Beatrice Zinker! One young lady in particular is an upside down thinker too. 😉

    24. Since first grade, Beatrice's best friend has been Lenny. They've had some of the best of times climbing trees, dressing in costumes for Halloween and acting like pirates and ninjas. Then the Summer before third grade everything began to change. Lenny went to the Philippines to visit family and Beatrice spent her vacation working on the secret operation that she and Lenny had agreed upon before she left on her trip. They even had plans to wear their favorite matching ninja suits for the first da [...]

    25. Some girls are happy wearing pink dresses with ruffles. Others are ninjas who climb trees and are cofounders of top-secret organisations. Beatrice Zinker definitely isn't a fan of pink dresses with ruffles.Beatrice is a middle child. Her older sister, Kate, is just like her Mum. Her younger brother, Henry, is just like her Dad. Beatrice does all of her best thinking upside down and finds it difficult being the only upside down daughter in a right side up family. Even Oliver, the Zinker's cat, is [...]

    26. It’s never too early to learn how to handle the quagmire that friendships can be. I’m glad books like Beatrice Zinker, Upside-Down Thinker exist.1. Shelley Johannes deals with a really tough issue that I don’t find tackled much in books for really young children. Maybe I’m not getting the right books for my little ones, but I am happy to have this one on the shelf. It’s hard whenever friends change, and you’re not sure if they’re your friends anymore.2. I like that Beatrice makes a [...]

    27. I really enjoyed this and would recommend it. Beatrice Zinker, age 8, is unique and doesn't fit in with the other kids. She does however have one best friend, Lenny. They do everything together. One summer, Lenny goes on a summer long family vacation, only to return different than when she left. After all, the girls are starting 3rd grade. Beatrice struggles on how to handle the changes in Lenny and what this means for their friendship. While this book is charmingly written, witty and Beatrice w [...]

    28. Beatrice's best friend Lenny has been away all summer, so Beatrice has spent all summer break planning their secret organization for the beginning of the new school year. But when Lenny comes to school on the first day back she looks and acts different, and worst of all, she's not dressed in her ninja costume like the two had agreed. Beatrice must get to the bottom of it. Beatrice investigates and remains steadfast in her own self understanding and identity. Beatrice doesn't feel threatened by L [...]

    29. 10/16/2017 ** Beatrice Zinker is a character who will become a classic, and I look forward to reading more about her in future books in this early chapter book series. Many children will relate to Beatrice's difficulties with being misunderstood in class. I loved the twist at the end as we found out the purpose of Beatrice's secret club - what a great way to foster empathy in school.Johannes' writing has a rhythm and selective use of rhyme that beg to be read aloud. Her quirky illustrations fit [...]

    30. Beatrice Zinker has always been different. She loves thinking upside-down. Her family is a right-side-up kind of family, so it isn't easy being Beatrice. She climbed out of her first box (crib) as soon as she was able, said "Wow" for her first word, and asked "What if?" instead of learning her ABCs and 123s. But in second grade, she won an award: Beatrice Zinker, Best Upside-Down Thinker. There was no telling what she could do after that! But "it's hard being cofounder of a top-secret organizati [...]

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