My Life in Pictures

Deborah Zemke. Dial, $14.99 (144p) ISBN 978-0-8037-4154-6
“I feel rotten!” That’s a recurring refrain for Beatrice Garcia Holmes, especially now that her best friend Yvonne has left for Australia and a “monster” of a kid named Bert has moved in next door. Bea shares her travails in a journal-style narrative filled with b&w illustrations—Bea is a talented artist, though it can cause trouble, as when she draws on the family’s TV (“I think Wendy the Weather Woman looks good with a mustache”). Zemke resists solving Bea’s problems too neatly—at book’s end, Bert is still annoying, and Yvonne is still in Australia—yet she clearly shows how art, self-expression, and humor can be solid allies when life doesn’t go as planned. Ages 6–8. Agent: Ronnie Ann Herman, Herman Agency. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/11/2016
Release date: 03/08/2016
Paperback - 144 pages - 978-0-14-751312-0
Prebound-Glued - 144 pages - 978-0-606-40083-1
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