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Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker: Incognito by Shelley Johannes
Release date: September 18, 2018
Age range: 7-10 years
Page numbers: 224 pages
Series: Book 2 in the Beatrice Zinker series
I read the first book in the series to my son at the beginning of this year and we loved it! You can read my review of that one. We were really excited to read the second book and had a lot of fun with it again. It is longer than the first book, and much longer than most books I read aloud with my 5 year old, so it took us awhile to get through it, but even my two year old liked sitting down to read with us. The frequent and entertaining illustrations were very helpful!
I thought this was a great follow-up book. It picked up where the first left off while adding some new elements and further development. Some aspects were still above my 5 year old’s understanding (and will be perfect for a bit older kids!), but there were enough undercover operations to keep him interested.
Once again, I was totally invested in the story and was not reading the book only for my kids’ sake. I loved the ‘incognito’ theme that was spread throughout the story as it was both fun as well as having a deeper importance. I thought the book was a great balance of clever and meaningful as it delved into understanding other’s feelings and motivations. There were so many great elements of friendship, empathy, and observation. This book was an encouragement to notice people around you and how they might be feeling and I think that is such a great message for kids! I highly recommend this series!