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For ages: 6-8
Beatrice “Bumble B.” Flinn is funny (she loves jokes), smart (she loves science), and creative (she loves to draw). Beatrice is also very clumsy and tends to bumble her way through life, which is how she got the nickname Bumble B. (the fact that she loves bugs and hates her full name plays a role as well). But clumsiness doesn’t damper her confidence! Every day she tackles a self-assigned mission. And every mission is a new opportunity for success. With humor, spunk, and a whole lot of spirit, Bumble B. proves, without a doubt, that what doesn’t kill her makes her stronger! With fun-filled illustrations, short chapters, and easy-to-read text, this early chapter book will prove that every negative can be turned into a positive if you have the right attitude, a little confidence, and a ton of resilience.
Marsha Qualey is the author of many books for readers young and old. Though she learned to swim when she was very young, she says she has never tried any of the moves and spins Gracie does so well.
Jessica Gibson is a self-taught illustrator born in Detroit, Michigan who has worked with various companies and publishers. Her heart-warming, whimsical illustrations have been featured in many picture books, magazines, and some galleries. She has a strong fondness for animals and nature, and a lot of her artwork reflects this.