By: Shelley Johannes
Beatrice Zinker is a new fresh, fun chapter book character who has her own series. Debut author, Shelley Johannes, has created a spunky heroine who does all of her best thinking while she is upside down. Beatrice has spent her summer planning a top secret spy mission that she hopes to accomplish with her best friend Lenny (short for Eleanor). They had planned to wear ninja suits to school. However, Lenny shows up on the first day of third grade in a dress with a new friend who wants to play veterinarian at recess. Beatrice needs a plan to keep her best friend. She deals with friendship, family, and school problems with a positive attitude in the first book in the series.
Even though the book has a 160 pages, it reads much shorter because there are many cute illustrations throughout. Hand this book to 2nd through 4th graders who are original thinkers.