|Juana & Lucas (Juana & Lucas)
Author: Medina, Juana
Juana, a spunky young Colombian girl, does not love learning English. But when Juana's abuelos tell her about a special trip they are planning she begins to wonder whether learning the English might be a good thing.
|Accelerated Reader Information:
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.90
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 185159
|Reading Counts Information:
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.60
Points: 4.0 Quiz: 69839
Kirkus Reviews (06/15/16)
School Library Journal (12/01/16)
Booklist (+) (07/01/16)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/16)
The Hornbook (+) (00/11/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 07/01/2016 Gr 2–4—Juana lives in Bogotá, Colombia, with her dog Lucas. She loves brussels sprouts, drawing, and especially the comic book superhero Astroman. She most definitely does not like learning "the English." When her teacher says learning English is going to be a "ton of fun," Juana knows that it will really be "nada de fun." Her abuelo, or Abue for short, is a brain surgeon and tries to explain to Juana how learning English can be very useful. He also has a bribe—if Juana learns English, he will take her to the Spaceland amusement park in Florida, where only English is spoken, even by her hero Astroman. Medina has written a first-person narrative filled with expressive description. Spanish words are used throughout, and their meaning is made clear through context. As both author and illustrator, Medina is able to integrate the text and illustrations in unique ways, including spreads in which Juana tells us why, for example, she strongly dislikes her school uniform or why Mami is the most important person in her life. Font design is also used creatively, such as when Medina traces the arc of a soccer ball hit hard enough to be sent "across the field." VERDICT An essential selection that creates multicultural awareness, has distinguished and appealing design elements, and has a text that is the stuff of true literature.—Tim Wadham, formerly at Puyallup Public Library, WA - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 07/01/2016 *Starred Review* Juana loves many things, but learning English is not one of them. In this early chapter book, Medina introduces Juana, a spirited young Colombian girl and her lovable dog, Lucas. Juana prefers playing fútbol outdoors to wearing an itchy uniform and learning English, a language she feels is too clunky and complicated. The reluctant student finally finds some much-needed motivation when her grandfather reminds her of their upcoming trip to Spaceland, in the U.S., where she must speak English if she wishes to talk to her hero, Astroman. Through this strong, adventurous, and smart female protagonist, Medina presents an extraordinary story about the many opportunities learning a new language can bring. Full-color illustrations provide excellent depictions of Juana’s life in Bogotá and allow readers to connect with her character and culture. The artwork playfully interacts with the dynamic text, which often arcs across the page, employs large fonts for emphasis, and smoothly incorporates Spanish words. Fans of Judy Moody and Lola Levine will absolutely love Juana. This upbeat new series for young readers is a must-buy. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 12/01/2016 Gr 2–4—In this beguiling chapter book sprinkled with Spanish, Juana lives in Bogotá, Colombia, and loves to read under the covers, eat brussels sprouts, and play with her best amigo, Lucas, her ever-loyal pooch. However, she detests her school uniform and having to learn English, until her grandfather (Abue) gives her the best motivation to master the language: a visit to Spaceland, a U.S. amusement park, if her grades improve. Juana's first-person account is readily relatable, assisted by the clean layout and fanciful illustrations. - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.