Review of Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas

Juana & Lucas

Big Problemas

by Juana Medina

Candlewick Press, 2019. 90 pages.
Review written July 12, 2019, from a library book

Here’s a sweet beginning chapter book about a girl and her dog. They live in Bogotá, Colombia. We learn about Juana’s school and family – and her best friend, her dog, Lucas. Lately, Juana has been staying with many extended family members, because her mother has been spending a lot of time with a man named Luis.

Sure enough, Mami and Luis are getting married. Which means they’re going to be moving, and there’s going to be a wedding.

There are bright, colorful pictures on each page of this book. Juana is bubbly and full of information about her life, as well as being honest about her worries about the new situation. She peppers her narration with Spanish, which is all easy to figure out from context.

Everything works out well, and new readers will finish this book feeling like they’ve got a new friend.

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