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My Life in Pictures (Bea Garcia) by Deborah…

My Life in Pictures (Bea Garcia)

by Deborah Zemke

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In this culturally neutral chapter book, Beatrice Holmes Garcia draws the events of her life. Her best friend Yvonne has moved to Australia and Bea misses her terribly. Worse, Bert moves next door and he is a growly, name-calling bully. During a geography lesson, Bea draws cartoons of Bert stranded below sea level, on top of Mount Everest and prone in the desert. She is embarrassed when the teacher shares her drawings with the class. But her artistic talent ("You are an amazing artist!") impresses her classmates and now maybe life won't be so bad for Bea without Yvonne. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Jun 25, 2016 |
I had a rather meh year last year - just couldn't get excited about the books. But this year, oh, this year is different.

Bea Garcia, welcome to our library. Welcome to all our libraries. We have been waiting for you for so long!

Bea is an artist. She has a best friend named Yvonne. Together they had wonderful adventures. But then Yvonne moved away to Australia and now she's stuck with her little brother the Big Pest (otherwise known as Pablo), a monster next door named Bert, and even her dog Sophie is mad at her. Could things get any worse? Yep, they could. She has to go to the first day of school without Yvonne and with the monster and the Big Pest. Bert gets everyone to call her stupid bee names and he sits right behind her in school! It takes some misplaced artistic talent and a clever teacher to get Bea back on track.

Zemke's illustrated notebook novel hits all the right notes for 2nd and 3rd grade readers. Easy text, engaging pictures, a relatable character, smoothly integrated Spanish phrases, it's all here. Plus, Bea does NOT become best friends with Bert and recognize his stellar qualities in the end (but she does decide he's not quite as bad as he seemed at first).

Verdict: Funny, spot-on relatable, and featuring a clearly Hispanic main character. Buy it immediately. Buy extra copies. It's going to fly off your shelves, I guarantee it!

ISBN: 9780803741546; Published 2016 by Dial/Penguin; Borrowed from another library in my consortium; Purchased for the library
  JeanLittleLibrary | Apr 24, 2016 |
Bea’s next-door neighbor and best friend has just moved to Australia, and to make things worse, a monster takes her place. This is a good transition read that uses the popular cartoon-drawing format for an earlier audience. The story is sweet and relatable. This book is the first in an intended series. ( )
  amythelibrarian | Mar 13, 2016 |
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Fans of Amelia’s Notebook and Judy Moody will love this friendship story bursting with doodles and pictures
Bea Garcia is an artist. She draws anywhere and everywhere—but mostly in her own notebook.  When Bea’s first and only best friend Yvonne moves to Australia, not even drawing makes Bea feel better. And things only get worse when a loud, rambunctious boy moves in next door. He’s nothing at all like Yvonne! But with a little imagination and a whole lot of doodles, Bea Garcia might just make a new friend.
This first book in a brand-new chapter book series is a must-read for doodlers everywhere.

(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 23 Feb 2016 22:24:08 -0500)

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