Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker
Beatrice Zinker: Upside-Down Thinker is a book written by Shelley Johannes. Beatrice is awesome. She is a “green glasses girl and an upside down thinker.” She has a weird nose, and she thinks upside down because she hangs from a tree when she does her best thinking! Lenny (short for Eleanor) is her best friend, and she is also part of Beatrice’s mission, Operation Upside. Mrs. Tamarack, a teacher in Beatrice’s school, is a villain in the book just like that character from Matilda who wants to rule Matilda’s school. Also, Mrs. Tamarack gives the award of “Upside-Down Thinker” to Beatrice. I really loved how Beatrice talked in Pig Latin: “An-cay ou-yay ass-pay e-thay yrup-say ease-play?” and “I-yay an-cay end-bay e-thay ules-ray or-fay ou-yay.” Do you know what that means? Read the book to find out! The illustrations help tell the story, especially when the pictures show handwriting, dialogue bubbles, and notes. I liked the part when the family ate dessert first – that sounds like good upsiade down thinking to me! Anyone who loves creative thinking, Pig Latin, and silly stuff will really enjoy this book.
Shelley Johannes • Shelley Johannes, Illustrator