Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Juana and Lucas: Big Problemas

By Juana Medina

Series: Juana & Lucas
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Candlewick
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1536201316
ISBN-13: 978-1536201314

When her mami meets someone new, Juana worries that everything will change in a humorous, heartwarming follow-up to the Pura Belpré Awardwinning Juana & Lucas.

Juanas 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 cant 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 Medinas own childhood in Colombia, this joyful series is sure to resonate with readers of all ages.


Medina's cartoon-style illustrations done in ink and watercolor are vibrant and full of movement, beautifully capturing the full range of Juana's conflicting emotions as Luis becomes a part of their lives. Juana's big problema will resonate with many readers, who will look forward to hearing more about this spunky Colombian girl's life. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Medinas illustrations are a wonderful addition to Juanas first-person narration, truly bringing her emotions and quirkiness to life. Spanish words are sprinkled throughout the text but are italicized so that monolingual young readers will get their meaning through context cues. Medinas charming follow-up to her Pura Belpré Awardwinning Juana & Lucas (2016) doesnt disappoint.

Book 1

Juana & Lucas
by Juana Medina

Juana loves many things drawing, eating Brussels sprouts, living in Bogotá, Colombia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever. She does not love wearing her itchy school uniform, solving math problems, or going to dance class. And she especially does not love learning the English. Why is it so important to learn a language that makes so little sense? But when Juanas abuelos tell her about a special trip they are planningone that Juana will need to speak English to go onJuana begins to wonder whether learning the English might be a good use of her time after all. Hilarious, energetic, and utterly relatable, Juana will win over los corazones the hearts of readers everywhere in her first adventure, presented by namesake Juana Medina.

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