|My life in pictures (Bea Garcia)|
Author: Zemke, Deborah
Book 1--When budding artist Bea Garcia's best friend moves to Australia and a loud, rambunctious boy moves into her old house, Bea must learn to make new friends.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.30
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 181578
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 4.20
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 70924
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/15)
School Library Journal (01/01/16)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/03/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2016 Gr 1–3—Bea Garcia is an artist. As far as she's concerned, the world is her canvas; however, her family insists that she confine her drawings to her own book, titled My Life. It's all there: things she likes, things she doesn't, places to go, and things she'd like to happen. Readers meet Bea just as her best friend and next door neighbor Yvonne moves all the way to Australia. This blow was amplified when Yvonne's former address is taken over by Bert and his family. Bert is mean to Bea, terrorizes her little brother Pablo, and shows up in her classroom on the first day of school. Bea fears that her creativity has fled to Australia with Yvonne but finds that sending Bert across the world via her doodles helps her deal with the bully next door and even wins over her teacher and classmates. This is the first in a forthcoming series and offers young readers (both reluctant and otherwise) a smooth transition to chapter books with plenty of pictures breaking up the text. This precursor to diary-style middle grade books has enough action and personal conflict to hook readers early in the story and keep them coming back for future installments. VERDICT Bea Garcia is an honest and funny protagonist with whom readers will identify and want to check back with regularly.—Lindsay Jensen, Nashville Public Library - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 02/01/2016 Bea Garcia is a budding artist, which is why her notebook (the book in readers’ hands) is full of cartoon-style drawings that capture her childlike view of life. And what a view—there are idealized sketches of her friendship with Yvonne, who has moved to Australia, and fantasies about them playing with kangaroos. There are also evil-eyed depictions of Bea’s new next-door neighbor—a boy with flaring nostrils and pointy eyebrows who makes her life a trial. As the new school year opens, Bea gives vent to her feelings by drawing in her notebook during class. When her teacher confiscates the book, she fears the consequences, but luckily the teacher recognizes Bea’s talent, and even her classmates appreciate her artistry. The boy next door becomes a little less monsterlike when he gains some fame from the pictures, and a letter from Yvonne makes Bea a little less lonely. The everyday ups and downs of Bea’s life will be familiar to readers, who are sure to appreciate Bea’s perky humor. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.