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Amelia Bedelia Bookworm
     

Amelia Bedelia Bookworm

by Herman Parish, Lynn Sweat (Illustrator)
 

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Overdue for some fun?

If so, check out everyone's favorite-minded housekeeper, Amelia Bedelia. Nothing makes Amelia Bedelia happier than helping people and doing exactly as she's told. And what could be more satisfying than a day spent volunteering at the library?

But Mrs. Page, the librarian, is surprised when Amelia Bedelia steals away

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Overdue for some fun?

If so, check out everyone's favorite-minded housekeeper, Amelia Bedelia. Nothing makes Amelia Bedelia happier than helping people and doing exactly as she's told. And what could be more satisfying than a day spent volunteering at the library?

But Mrs. Page, the librarian, is surprised when Amelia Bedelia steals away in the bookmobile for a bookstore visit. Can Amelia Bedelia explain that she was just trying to go by the book? Or will she have the book thrown at her for this latest misunderstanding?

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Publishers Weekly
Amelia Bedelia is back and she's volunteering in the library in Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm by Herman Parish (the nephew of creator Peggy Parish), illus. by Lynn Sweat. Misunderstandings abound when literal-minded Amelia Bedelia heads to a bookstore after the librarian tells her "to go by the book" (as in, "rules are rules"). Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Amelia Bedelia has not changed; she still interprets everything said to her literally. This story opens with Amelia visiting the library and learning that her librarian friend Mrs. Page is nervous about the upcoming visit of the head librarian. Somehow, Amelia manages to create an uproar when she thinks all the kids are going to get free bookmarks, confuses kids undertaking research about dinosaurs as well as a young girl looking for a thesaurus. Things get even more complicated when Amelia takes the library's bookmobile to town to buy a replacement book. As with all of the Amelia Bedelia stories, the humor wins out and everything always manages to work out right. The story requires a good command of English in order to understand the humor. The drawings show contemporary kids and locations, but Amelia Bedelia is still wearing her housekeeper's outfit, which would have been appropriate more than a century ago. 2003, Greenwillow/HarperCollins, Ages 5 up.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-The literal-minded maid returns to create another ruckus. The author hauls out every corny pun and conceivable stereotype about books and libraries to introduce beginning readers to the joys of reading. Much of the wordplay is explained through the colorful illustrations. The book is, however, more of a string of events designed to include book-related puns than a cohesive story, and it's wordier than previous books in the series. Fans may welcome a new Amelia Bedelia title, but this one definitely doesn't live up to Peggy Parish's originals.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060518905
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/12/2003
Series:
Amelia Bedelia Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
892,782
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile:
290L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Herman Parish was in the fourth grade when his aunt, Peggy Parish, wrote the first book about Amelia Bedelia. The author lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Lynn Sweat has illustrated many Amelia Bedelia books, including Go West, Amelia Bedelia! He and his wife live in Connecticut.

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