Publisher: Dial Books
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Bea Garcia is an artist. She draws everything in her little notebook. She draws when her friend Yvonne moved to Australia. She draws when the loud boy monster moves in next door. He is absolutely nothing like Yvonne and seeing the awful boy next door just makes her miss her best friend even more.
A cute little chapter book, perfect for readers who are transitioning into intermediate books with plenty of pictures for those who aren't quite ready to let go of needing pictures in their books. Bea Garcia has the usual kinds of problems and struggles, which is why she is so relateable. Her friend moving to Australia adds just the right amount of different to give the story some added flavor. The doodles throughout the book are cute and I found myself lingering over more than a few. I loved how the story resolved itself, although I think someone needs to put a fence around the tree in their backyard because her brother gets stuck in it way too often.