Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas

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Author(s): Juana Medina
Series: Juana and Lucas Series No: 2
CD - unabridged
Audio (1 disc)
Product Number: BN14213
Released: May 14, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781721365463
Narrator/s: Almarie Guerra
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Description

When her mami meets someone new, Juana worries that everything will change in a humorous, heartwarming follow-up to the Pura Belpre Award-winning Juana & Lucas. Juana's life is just about perfect. She lives in the beautiful city of Bogota 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.

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Professional reviews

"With seamless transitions from English to Spanish, narrator Almarie Guerra shares the tribulations of young Juana and her "most perfect" dog, Lucas. In fact, Juana finds much in her life perfect until she starts to realize that she is spending more time with her cousins and less time with her mami. What could be going on? Guerra voices Juana's confidence and pleasure as she chats about the beauty of Bogat‡ and cooking with her grandmother's sister. Distress comes through when Juana notices changes in her mother and meets Luis, her mother's new friend. Juana expresses both reticence and rationalization as her life takes enticing new turns involving a country house, a camera, and wedding preparations. Best of all, Juana is joyous when Mami affirms that she is still her "favorite person ever." A.R. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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