Emma tries to keep her favorite nanny from going on vacation. Ages 8-11
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane HungAnnie, the nanny, is getting ready to take a trip to Ireland to visit her seven sisters, but the children, Tim, Emma, McClain, and the twins, Lizzie and Ira, don't want her to go. It's up to Emma to come up with a plan or two to keep Annie from going on vacation and to prevent the responsible Mrs. Spot from taking over in the interim. Besides the nanny situation, Emma is also trying to deal with another dilemma. She "borrowed" a new soccer book from Katie who purchased it from the book fair. Emma stays up during the night to read the entire book for the soccer tips before she returns it to Katie. Unfortunately, the next morning, Emma discovers that Marmaduke, her pet ferret, chewed up the entire book during the night. There's very little left of the book, other than bits and pieces of paper. Emma wrestles with her conscience as she tries to resolve the problems. This is the second Emma Dilemma book and adventure.
Kirkus ReviewsJust when things seem to be working out for Emma, a new dilemma arises for her family. Annie, the nanny, announces she's leaving for a three-week trip to Ireland. Will Annie really come back? Will a new nanny be hired in the interim? Worse still, will the new nanny impress Mom and Dad more with her organized, practical ways? All these fears surface when Mrs. Potts appears for training, and her no-nonsense approach sends distress signals to Emma. Eager to find a way to keep Annie from leaving, Emma employs her usual creative strategies, resulting in unexpected complications through unsettling and unwanted scenarios. Simultaneously, Emma finds herself in a different sort of pickle, when she "borrows" a book that gets ripped to shreds by her pet ferret before she can secretly return it and another classmate is falsely accused of its theft. Hermes's second volume in this head-shaking, funny series sheds light on a child's naivete despite her bold and impulsive actions. Emma's blunders get her into a bit more trouble this time, yet she learns to accept Annie's needs, be less selfish about her own, and admit her poor judgment's effect on others. An engaging sequel with a captivating protagonist. (Fiction. 8-10)
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