Other Books in Series
This is book number 3 in the Bea Garcia series.
This was a good book because it was a really funny story that made me laugh a lot. Like, when there is this huge cat that is bigger than a dog—and even bigger than a person. It’s really funny when it tries to eat the dog and about how small the dog is compared to all of its family. I think kids should read this book because it’s really funny, compassionate, and it made me laugh. And that is my book review.— Quentin, age 8
Bea Garcia is an artist and her favorite subject is Sophie, the smartest dog in the world. This spunky chapter book series is perfect for fans of Amelia's Notebook, Judy Moody, and Dory Fantasmagory series.
Sophie is also Bea Garcia’s best friend ever. They both love peanut butter cookies and hanging out in the crabapple tree in the backyard. They also like to snuggle together and dream of all sorts of adventures. Bea and Sophie also share a strong dislike for Bert, the monster next door.
When Bea's teacher makes her visit Bert for a school assignment, Bea brings Sophie along for extra security and comfort. But even monsters have pets, and Bert has a terrible one: Big Kitty. When Big Kitty attacks, Sophie jumps out a window and sprints away—far from Bea! Bea goes on a frantic search for her best friend but Sophie is nowhere to be found. Will Bea's best friend ever come home again?
About the Author
Deborah Zemke has written and illustrated many books for young readers, including the wildly successful Doodles place mat series. Her work has also appeared in several magazines. She is also the designer of the ITC Zemke Hand font. She lives in Missouri.
Praise for Bea Garcia:
* "Bea Garcia is an honest and funny protagonist with whom readers will identify and want to check back with regularly." —School Library Journal, starred review
"There isn't anything real or imaginary that the endearing Bea cannot draw...Readers will find inspiration to write, draw, explore, and imagine." —Kirkus Reviews
"[Zemke] clearly shows how art, self-expression, and humor can be solid allies when life doesn’t go as planned." —Publishers Weekly
"The everyday ups and downs of Bea’s life will be familiar to readers, who are sure to appreciate Bea’s perky humor." —Booklist
"Zemke has a gift for portraying the trials and tribulations of elementary school . . . A promising launch to this new series. Pass this one to aspiring artists, those missing a friend, or anyone who could use a laugh as she navigates childhood." —BCCB