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Beatrice Zinker,Upside Down Thinker #Review+#Giveaway

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Disney-Hyperion sent me a copy to check out, and is partnering with me for a giveaway of Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes.

Beatrice Zinker

Oh how I loved this book. It’s vibrant and funny besides I can totally relate as I have raised 3 upside down thinkers. Come to think of it, I just might be one myself.

Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker

Beatrice Zinker loves to think out of the box and do things her way. Mostly that include handing upside down from trees, doing handstands, eating lunch backwards, dinner under the table, and generally anything that is unusual and well upside down.

Just like any third grader, Beatrice has a bunch of nerves surround the first day of school. 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?

Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker
Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker

Included in this delightful story of growing pains and perspectives, Beatrice learns to continue to be herself while learning to compromise. I laughed out loud in some parts. Beatrice Zinker is one of the most endearing characters I’ve read in a long time. This one is a keeper.

Beatrice Zinker is for readers 9-12. If you have a really good early reader at your house or school it would work nicely for late second grade to third grade as well.

First time author Shelley Johannes has done a fantastic job of drawing us into Beatrice’s world and creating some very relatable and believable characters. I hope we hear more from her I greatly enjoy her writing.

Author Shelley Johannes
Author Shelley Johannes

The very best part of this book is that it has so many things for us to do, to bring these pages alive. AND THEN don’t forget the best part, Disney-Hyperion is hosting a really fun giveaway right here on Jump into a Book. It includes some really nice swag and a copy of Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker. Look below for details.

Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker: Somethings To Do

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I just use the simple version from the Betty Crocker recipe book.


  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 can (20 oz) pineapple slices in juice, drained, juice reserved
  • 1 jar (6 oz) maraschino cherries without stems, drained
  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
  • Vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box


    • 1
      Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). In 13×9-inch pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter. Arrange pineapple slices on brown sugar. Place cherry in center of each pineapple slice, and arrange remaining cherries around slices; press gently into brown sugar.
    • 2
      Add enough water to reserved pineapple juice to measure 1 cup. Make cake batter as directed on box, substituting pineapple juice mixture for the water. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.
    • 3
      Bake 42 to 48 minutes (44 to 53 minutes for dark or nonstick pan) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately run knife around side of pan to loosen cake. Place heatproof serving plate upside down onto pan; turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over cake 5 minutes so brown sugar topping can drizzle over cake; remove pan. Cool 30 minutes. Serve warm or cool. Store covered in refrigerator.


  • Ninja Suit
  • How do you become stealth and ninja like ? Well you wear the outfit of course. Be a ninja like Beatrice.
  • Here’s what you’re need:
  • Black Turtle Neck
  • Black pants
  • Black Ninja Mask
  • Long Black Gloves

Pig Latin

Pig-Latin (igpay atinLay) is the most simple and most effective form of verbal cod in th pseudo English language. Pig Latin is a spoken language. My siblings and I used this code all the time and drove the adults in our lives completely nuts.

There are 4 rules to Pig-Latin. From One Hour Translation:Rule One – Words Beginning with a Consonant

  • When a word begins with a consonant (such as dog) or a consonant cluster (such as brush), simply take the consonant/consonant cluster and move it to the end of the word, adding the suffix ‘-ay’ to the end of the word. This sounds difficult in theory but is actually much simpler in practice.

    For example, ‘dog’ in Pig Latin becomes ‘og-day’ (because the leading consonant ‘d’ has been moved to the end of the word, leaving simply ‘og’ at the beginning, and the suffix ‘-ay’ has been appended to the ‘d’).

    Our other example was the word ‘brush’, which becomes ‘ush-bray’ in Pig Latin, by following the same rule.

    Rule Two – Words Beginning with a Vowel

    When a word begins with a vowel, simply leave the word as is and add the suffix ‘-hay’ to the end of the word. Other variations include adding ‘-yay’ or even ‘-way’, and you’ll find that it surprisingly does not make a difference which of these is used.

    For example, ‘elephant’ in Pig Latin becomes ‘elephant-hey’.

    An interesting situation arises when a word technically begins with a vowel that appears to begin with a consonant sound. An example is the word ‘one’. While it begins with the vowel ‘o’, the starting sound is the ‘w’ sound. In this instance, treat the word as if it started with ‘w’, so it would become (phonetically) ‘un-way’. It then becomes clear that Pig Latin is primarily a spoken pseudo language, and relies upon the way words sound rather than the way they are spelled.

    Rule Three – Words Containing the Letter ‘Y’

    Again, Pig Latin is primarily a spoken language, rather than a written one. The way in which the letter ‘y’ is handled depends on whether the ‘y’ is being used in the word as a consonant or a pseudo vowel. For example, the ‘y’ in ‘yolk’ is a consonant sound, whereas the ‘y’ in ‘fly’ is a vowel. Depending on which of these cases applies, you will revert back to either Rule One or Two.

    Rule Four – Compound Words

    Compound words are best split up before being translated into Pig Latin, for the simple reason that the word may become obvious if it is not split up. For example, if you said the word ‘etterbox-lay’ out loud, most people – whether they understand Pig Latin or not – would be able to figure out that you are referring to a letterbox. By splitting up the word into ‘letter’ and ‘box’, you can convert it into Pig Latin as ‘etter-lay ox-bay’, which suddenly can’t be translated by non-Pig Latin speakers.

    Reverse Alphabetic Code

Needing to send a message to your friend that can’t be busted. Why not do what Beatrice Zinker has done and use the Reverse Alphabet Code also known as the Atbash Code. This code has been around for thousands of years. At least since biblical times. Here’s what you do:The Backwards Alphabet Code is very simple. All you have to do is make a list of all the letters in the alphabet, and then make another list right next to it, of all the letters in backwards order. Like this:

A = Z
B = Y
C = X
D = W

Beatrice’s Backward Lunch

Everything in life tastes better when you start with dessert.

  1. Cupcake
  2. Juice Box
  3. Apple
  4. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich or a sandwich of your choice


Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker Giveaway

Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker

Be An Upside Down Thinker!

One (1) winner receives:

BeatriceZinker-Upside Down Thinker Prize
BeatriceZinker-Upside Down Thinker Prize Pack
  • Copy of Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker
  • “Upside Down Thinker” beanie
  • And branded pencil case and notepad!

Open to US addresses only.

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3 thoughts on “Beatrice Zinker,Upside Down Thinker #Review+#Giveaway

  1. Such a wonderful book!! So glad to have read it and shared it with my kiddos and their past elementary school!

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