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Juana and Lucas: Big Problemas



written and illustrated by
Juana Medina

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9781536201314

Awards and Honors
Horn Book Fanfare - 2019
SLJ Best Books - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
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Juana’s life is just about perfect. She lives in the beautiful city of Bogotá with her two most favorite people in the world: her mami and her dog, Lucas. Lately, though, things have become a little less perfect. Mami has a new hairdo and a new amigo named Luis with whom she has been spending a LOT of time. He is kind and teaches Juana about things like photography and jazz music, but sometimes Juana can’t help wishing things would go back to the way they were before. When Mami announces that she and Luis are getting married and that they will all be moving to a new casa, Juana is quite distraught. Lucky for her, though, some things will never change — like how much Mami loves her. Based on author-illustrator Juana Medina’s own childhood in Colombia, this joyful series is sure to resonate with readers of all ages.

Full-color illustrations created with watercolor and ink.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

96

Trim Size

7" x 9"

Dewey

F

AR

4.6: points 1

Lexile

810L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

4

JLG Release

Nov 2019

Book Genres

Chapter Book, Realistic Fiction

Topics

Bogotá, Colombia. Mothers and daughters. Relatives. Family life. Dogs. Weddings. Stepfathers. Blended families. Moving households.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine*

Horn Book

This sequel to Juana & Lucas (rev. 11/16) offers welcome narrative continuity for fans of Bogotá–dwelling protagonist Juana Medina Rosas and her beloved pet dog Lucas, while skillfully balancing changes in their lives. Juana is growing up; and, while some of her favorite things remain constant—such as her “best of amigos” and ever-faithful pet; her abuela, abuelo, and joyfully mischievous cousins Cami and Pipe—a big change is looming. Her favorite person in the world, Mami, is starting to spend more time with a new “friend,” Luis. In accessible chapters with plenty of white space and interspersed art, Medina guides readers through Juana’s experiences, incorporating nuanced visual details into the drawings to help articulate Juana’s thought processes and ranges of emotions. Through it all, Juana can always count on her family’s steady and secure love to help solve even the biggest problemas. The result is a thriving, buoyant, confident young Juana who demonstrates that balancing new changes with old favorites is achievable and, indeed, can be done with humor and grace.

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

This sequel to Juana & Lucas (rev. 11/16) offers welcome narrative continuity for fans of Bogotá–dwelling protagonist Juana Medina Rosas and her beloved pet dog Lucas, while skillfully balancing changes in their lives. Juana is growing up; and, while some of her favorite things remain constant—such as her “best of amigos” and ever-faithful pet; her abuela, abuelo, and joyfully mischievous cousins Cami and Pipe—a big change is looming. Her favorite person in the world, Mami, is starting to spend more time with a new “friend,” Luis. In accessible chapters with plenty of white space and interspersed art, Medina guides readers through Juana’s experiences, incorporating nuanced visual details into the drawings to help articulate Juana’s thought processes and ranges of emotions. Through it all, Juana can always count on her family’s steady and secure love to help solve even the biggest problemas. The result is a thriving, buoyant, confident young Juana who demonstrates that balancing new changes with old favorites is achievable and, indeed, can be done with humor and grace.

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