Go On a Mission with Beatrice Zinker #BeatriceZinker #UpsideDownThinker

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Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker

By Shelley Johannes

In Stores September 19, 2017

Recommended for ages 9 – 12

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? 

About the Author:

Shelley Johannes 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. Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker is the first book she’s written. Find her online at shelleyjohannes.com.

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WIN IT: (1) US winner will receive a Beatrice Zinker Book Prize Pack

  • Copy of Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker
  • Branded pencil case and notepad
  • Plus a $50 Visa gift card for that Back-to-School look that is just so you.

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Speak Your Mind



  1. sticking out their tongue

  2. rose cantu says:

    My son tells silly jokes

  3. Hesper Fry says:

    My daughter keeps saying “um” when she is thinking.

  4. Julie Hawkins says:

    My kids like to sing while doing homework

  5. Breanna Pollard says:


  6. Maria Beas says:

    Something very silly that my oldest daughter does when she is memorizing something is that she needs to be walking back and forth repeating every word like ten times. Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing giveaway.

  7. Birdie Skolfield says:

    My kids like to sit on the stairs to read silly/weird huh !!!

  8. Jerry Marquardt says:

    A nice loud breathing in and out when they are thinking is pretty funny to me.

  9. I like when my son sticks his tongue out when drawing.

  10. Richard Hicks says:

    Sometime one will roll his head as if it is hurting

  11. amber lee kolb says:

    Kyla gets excited learning something new and she will end up doing a chair dance. It’s so cute 🙂

  12. Holly Thomas says:

    My kids like to read while lounging in their kiddie pool.

  13. Vanessa Flores says:

    My son just gets a blank stare and mouth open wide lol

  14. My daughter just has to dance, it really helps her, so I don’t mind

  15. my son makes noises with his mouth

  16. Mary Gardner says:

    My daughter tends to hum and chew on her pencil when she is trying to concentrate.

  17. I’ve seen my niece cross her eyes while she thinks of a response to a question. It’s too cute.

  18. Kayla Klontz says:

    My son sticks his tongue out when he’s concentrating really hard, it’s really funny. I love it.

  19. Elizabeth H. says:

    My great nephew says his face hurts.

  20. Kathy Pease says:

    My son would always say that his brain hurt

  21. Christine Weary says:

    My granddaughter rocks back and forth when thinking.

  22. My niece starts singing when she gets stuck on something.

  23. Laura Collins says:

    My grandkids play in their clubhouse.

  24. When my daughter was younger she listened to music while doing her homework. It helped her think. Thank you for the chance ☺

  25. paige chandler says:

    My daughter paces when she is thinking,

  26. Sherrie Cruson says:

    My oldest granddaughter doesn’t really do anything silly that I can recall but she does get very serious when she’s doing her homework or thinking about something. Other than that she can be quite a silly and fun kid 🙂

  27. always singing

  28. Sandy Klocinski says:

    I can’t really remember anything specific my daughter did (does) when she was (is) thinking but when she was a teenager she once told me that she tries not to think to much because “It makes my brain hurt”. Fortunately, she always learned very quickly so she didn’t have to think too much and avoided the brain pain.

  29. Heidi Horne says:

    love your recipies

  30. my son puts his thumb near his mouth while thinking of an answer

  31. My daughter will flop all over the place until she can come up with an answer that she is happy with!

  32. My granddaughter paces around the room while she is thinking

  33. My oldest daughter would gaze off into space thinking about her answer.

  34. Michelle S says:

    My daughter when she was little would sing when she was thinking about something. I’m not even sure she realized it.

  35. kay wright says:

    my daughter will fart and then laugh when she is trying to learn

  36. Abigail Gibson says:

    My nephew will take a cat nap if he gets overwhelmed with his homework.

  37. He holds his head in his hand.

  38. Jessica Cox says:

    My 5 year old will tap her chin, and my oldest twirls her hair. They also chew on their pencils

  39. Sally Gearhart says:

    All 4 of my kids either bite on their bottom lip or tongue out and on their top lip. They get it from me, depends on how hard I’m concentrating. We always have some chapped lips too haha.

  40. My son cups his chin with his hand while tapping the side of his cheek with his index finger.

  41. Becky Kinard says:

    Twirl their hair.

  42. Surinder gurm says:

    My daughter likes skipping

  43. My granddaughter often looks off into space while she is thinking about what she is going to write down on her homework assignments.

  44. Melissa Storms says:

    I don’y think it is really funny but it as least consistent and a running family joke that my son will lean a chair back and fall almost every day when studying.

  45. My child loved to tap her fingers on the table.

  46. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    My grandson likes to twist his hair when he is studying.

  47. Cynthia R says:

    They blow air up when they are thinking.

  48. ANNETTE FISHER says:


  49. john moldt says:

    fun to see

  50. My son normally puts his finger on his chin and looks at the sky.

  51. No kids, but I tend to stick out my tongue when I’m concentrating.
    Thanks for the contest.

  52. Lisa Ehrman says:

    My child loved to tap her fingers on the table.

  53. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    My grandson will sometimes make funny faces not knowing he is doing this while thinking. Thank you so much for sharing this great giveaway. God Bless

  54. Terry Maigi says:

    My daughter usually stands on her head while we are going over her homework lol

  55. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    My kids are in their 40’s-if they ever did anything silly while learning, I have long forgotten it!

  56. Julie Waldron says:

    She says “hmm” & put their finger on the cheek.

  57. Cynthia C says:

    It’s been so long since my kids were small I can’t remember anything silly they did while learning.

  58. When my great niece doesn’t remember something, she’ll say… ” I can’t know that.” LOL It’s so funny, but we don’t laugh… we just remind her the correct way to say what she should say, hehe

  59. My Granddaughter moves her tongue when something is challenging.

  60. My grandson sticks his tongue out when he’s concentrating hard.

  61. Janet Woodling says:

    My children are grown. I really do not remember any funny things they did while learning.

  62. Stephanie Phelps says:

    My son always sits on one foot and the other is on the floor just a shaking!

  63. Kids tend to get the giggles when learning something.

  64. The kids tend to stare off really really far into space when thinking hard it’s cute.

  65. I tap my feet, haha!

  66. Jennifer Tilson says:

    My daughter sticks her tongue out of her mouth just a bit when she’s concentrating.

  67. Yona Williams says:

    My nephew really acts out his books when he is reading out loud.

  68. vickie couturier says:

    one of my grandkids chews on a pencil and another twirls her hair

  69. kelly nicholson says:

    Leave a blog post comment on something silly your kids do when thinking (or learning)?

    get an f for not studying

  70. Jacquelyn Cannon says:

    My grandson does magic tricks with the family.

  71. Always the tongue on the side of the mouth when doing homework, concentrating and he doesn’t even know he’s doing it :).

  72. Sometimes when my twins are studying together, they just look at each other and burst out into giggles.

  73. My niece tends to drool when she is intently focused on drawing or doing crafts!

  74. Sometimes my kids will absent-mindedly nibble on their fingernails when they are concentrating. I think they’ve gotten better about it as they’ve gotten older.

  75. Lisa Williams says:

    My daughter is usually snacking on something at home while thinking,she’s skinny and has a hollow leg so we don’t know where it all goes,lol!!

  76. Laura Feist says:

    My grandson doodles

  77. Pamela Gurganus says:

    I don’t have kids, but my nieces and nephew make up silly little songs when thinking and learning.

  78. Angelica C Dimeo says:

    My son chews on his shirt lol

  79. “Leave a blog post comment on something silly your kids do when thinking (or learning)?” Well, kids at school used to move their mouths when reading books–that’s a bit silly!

  80. My granddaughter is very fidgety but she always seems to get the information.

  81. Sarah Hayes says:

    I dont think my LO does anything silly while learning

  82. My kids don’t do anything silly when learning.

  83. My daughter chews on her tongue when thinking!

  84. he says “I believe” and it makes me smile

  85. rochelle haynes says:

    They really do not do anything silly

  86. Victoria Scott says:

    My 3 year old picks her nose when she’s thinking. That’s half gross and half funny LOL

  87. Susan Smith says:

    My daughter tends to talk to herself when she is thinking.

  88. Lana simanovicki says:

    My daughter stares up when she is thinking

  89. When my daughter is deep in thought, sometimes I catch her with her tongue sticking out of her mouth.

  90. Steve Weber says:

    I don’t have kids, but my niece usually twirls her hair while doing her homework.

  91. We sometimes make up a song or rhyme to practice memorizing something.

  92. My son loves to sing funny songs when he is learning at home. He is so goofy, and he got it from me and he makes me laugh all the time!

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