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“Just because I’m upside down doesn’t mean everyone has to be. Isn’t that the whole point?”
Beatrice Zinker, Upside-Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes is an upcoming middle-grade release that celebrates quirky Beatrice Zinker’s topsy-turvy way of thinking on a top-secret mission.
About the Book 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 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?
The kiddos and I really loved this book. We found the illustrations fun and they gave Beatrice personality!
Beatrice is eccentric. She definitely marches to her own drummer. She insists on doing things differently and her own way.
I love that in spite of Beatrice’s quirks, the book relays that different is okay and we can all be friends by accepting the differences.
Initially, the book was slow moving. It seemed to take a few chapters to get to know Beatrice and breakfast seemed more the focus than Beatrice.
Her friendship with Lenny is endearing.
This book also has a strong storyline about family. Her sister is polar opposite from her. Her dad makes things work, even suggesting they have dessert first when Beatrice has a bad day–and a pineapple upside down cake no less!
It’s a fun book for family reading, or for middle-school aged readers.
Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker
By Shelley Johannes
In Stores September 19, 2017
Recommended for ages 9 – 12
The Upsides of You being You!
About the Author
Shelley Johannes previously spent ten years in architecture—where she fell in love with felt-tip pens, tracing paper, and the greatness of black turtlenecks. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons. Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker is the first book she’s written. Find her online at shelleyjohannes.com.
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- Copy of Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker
- A branded “Upside Down Thinker” beanie + fanny pack
- plus a $50 Visa gift card for that Back-to-School look that is just so you