Happy Haunting, Amelia Bedeliaby Herman Parish, Lynn Sweat
Trick or treat! Amelia Bedelia wants to help prepare for the big Halloween party, but how can she follow directions when nothing is as it seems?
Publishers WeeklyPuns and pranks abound in Happy Haunting, Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish, illus. by Lynn Sweat. Here the heroine's comic misunderstandings take on a spooky bent as she helps prepare for a party (e.g., cracking a window). When Amelia says she doesn't have a disguise, Mr. Rogers wisecracks, "You wear a costume every day," commenting on her anachronistic apparel. But Amelia gets the last laugh. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sheilah EganChallenged by her literal interpretation of almost everything she hears, Amelia Bedelia has provided many laughs through the years. This title is a level 2 in the "I Can Read!" series and provides emerging readers an opportunity to be "smarter" than Amelia as they anticipate what she will do next. When asked by Mr. Rogers to "crack a window, it has gotten very warm in here." Readers will know that Amelia will use the hammer in her hand to "crack" the window. In this installment, the Rogers are planning a Halloween party for the neighborhood with decorations, goodies, and a prize for the best costume. Mr. Rogers insults Amelia by saying that she wears a costume everyday. Amelia does not consider her maid's uniform to be a costume, and decides to find something suitable. Mr. R. has also bragged that he is not afraid of the scary scarecrow that cousin Alcolu has contributed as a decoration. The neighborhood children's costumes are very creative, I particularly enjoyed the girl in a dress covered with rubber ears -- "I'm all ears!" Needless to say, Mr. Rogers gets his usual come-up-ance when he is, indeed, frightened by the scarecrow -- Amelia has donned the scarecrow's clothes and rises up screaming "booooo!" She is awarded the costume prize and everyone has had a great time -- especially enjoying all of the food that Amelia has prepared. Serving the "worm" casserole after cleaning up, Amelia tricks Mr. Rogers by telling him that she had run out of spaghetti and used real worms instead! This title will serve to reinforce reading skills with lots of picture clues and it is filled with great ideas for costumes and "scary" foods to serve at your own Halloween party.
School Library JournalK-Gr 2-The literal maid returns, treating readers to more mishaps and misadventures. It is autumn, and the Rogerses have decorated for Halloween. When Amelia Bedelia arrives for work, she thinks that someone has vandalized the house. Once she learns that the family is having a party, she gets into the swing of things by cracking (breaking) a window and adding leaves to the dining-room table. As darkness falls, the festivities begin. After partaking of the gruesome refreshments, the costume contest is held, but no one can find Amelia Bedelia. Finally, it's revealed that she's been there all along-dressed as a scarecrow. Sweat's amusing watercolor-and-pen illustrations add to the zaniness of the story. Funny signs abound, from the tombstones on the lawn to the descriptions of the gruesome goodies. The costumes that Amelia Bedelia creates for the children are amusing and easy to duplicate. The illustrations extend the wordplay and help beginning readers understand the story. This reader is excellent for children ready for the challenge of learning the difference in meaning between such words as "which" and "witch," visually and semantically. A happy haunting with Amelia Bedelia where the laughs outweigh the screams.-Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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