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Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker

Shelley Johannes, Shelley Johannes (Illustrator), Shelley Johannes (Cover design or artwork by)


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (6/16/2019)
Digital Audiobook (3/21/2019)
Hardcover (9/19/2017)
Paperback (3/10/2020)
Hardcover (3/10/2020)


Beatrice does her best thinking upside down.

Hanging from trees by her knees, doing handstands . . . for Beatrice Zinker, upside down works every time. She was definitely upside down when she and her best friend, Lenny, agreed to wear matching ninja suits on the first day of third grade. But when Beatrice shows up at school dressed in black, Lenny arrives with a cool new outfit and a cool new friend. Even worse, she seems to have forgotten all about the top-secret operation they planned!

Can Beatrice use her topsy-turvy way of thinking to save the mission, mend their friendship, and flip things sunny-side up?

Praise For Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker

"I fell in love with the unsinkable Beatrice Zinker-an unflappable, creative, and funny problem-solver with a big heart."Ann M. Martin, New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott Honor winner

"Fresh and fun!"Sara Pennypacker, New York Times bestselling author of the Clementine series

"A kind child in a book for middle-grade readers? There's no downside to that."Kirkus Reviews

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9781484768143, 160pp.

Publication Date: April 3, 2018

About the Author

Shelley Johannes is the author-illustrator of the Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker series. She previously spent ten years in architecture, where she fell in love with felt-tip pens, tracing paper, and the greatness of black turtlenecks. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons. Find her online at and @shelleyjohannes on Twitter and Instagram.