Has Anyone Seen My Emily Greene?

Overview

The perennial game of hide-and- seek between parent and child inspires a lilting text and charming illustrations.

It’s time for lunch, but where, oh, where is Emily Greene? Her father searches for her everywhere, but without any luck. Look carefully, and don’t forget to check behind the curtains! In her first picture book, acclaimed author Norma Fox Mazer teams with renowned illustrator Christine Davenier to create a merry game of hide-and-seek. Readers will delight in searching...

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Overview

The perennial game of hide-and- seek between parent and child inspires a lilting text and charming illustrations.

It’s time for lunch, but where, oh, where is Emily Greene? Her father searches for her everywhere, but without any luck. Look carefully, and don’t forget to check behind the curtains! In her first picture book, acclaimed author Norma Fox Mazer teams with renowned illustrator Christine Davenier to create a merry game of hide-and-seek. Readers will delight in searching for giggling Emily and in the warm relationship between this irrepressible little girl and her loving, good-humored father.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

That's Daddy, doubling as lunchtime chef, asking the title question about his pigtailed preschooler daughter. "She's not in the sink./ She's not in the drawer," writes YA author Mazer, in her first picture book. "She's not in the pantry/ or behind the door." Of course, Emily isn't missing in any serious way; readers can easily spot her in Davenier's (Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen) playful watercolors as she runs through a variety of domestic hiding places: under the dining room table, behind the curtains, peeking out from a doorway. In one scene, as Dad makes a show of checking "under the rug?/ behind the chair?" Emily achieves a state of not-being-seen simply by throwing her red blanket over her head. Very young children especially will applaud Emily's mischievous ingenuity, as well as Dad's willingness to be such a good sport through so many pages. And when Emily finally reveals herself, she's rewarded with a tasty feast, a lovely snuggle and a wonderful litany of endearments: "My daisy fluff, my sweet big stuff./ My clever, my funny, my lovely, my sunny./ My daughter so dear." This utterly endearing game of hide-and-seek should be a delight for daughters as well as their daddies. Ages 3-up. (June)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
It is half past noon and Dad has fixed a scrumptious lunch: oodles of noodles, brown sugar ham, and fresh baked bread with strawberry jam. But where is Emily Greene? She is not in the sink, not in the drawer, not in the pantry, nor behind the door. As Dad continues his search (under the rug, behind the chair), Emily is shown hiding in plain sight holding her bright red blanket. She follows Dad up the stairs and watches him look in the tub. When he looks out the bathroom window, Emily does a little jig behind his back. Dad is looking in a small jewelry box when he hears a knock, knock and a stomp, stomp. He glances toward the bedroom doorway just in time to see Emily Greene emit a tremendous roar. After sharing a joyful embrace, father and daughter eat lunch together and then relax in a cozy chair for an afternoon nap. Line drawings filled with bright colors capture the delight of this loving relationship. A fun read aloud. Young children will enjoy spotting Emily when Dad cannot.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
As her father puts lunch on the table, Emily Greene decides to make herself scarce. The rhyming text consists of her father's gentle, loving voice. "She must be hungry-it's time for lunch/I want her, I need her, I miss her a bunch." The oblong format allows for generous backgrounds with plenty of places for the father to search and the child to hide. Emily and an ever-present striped cat watch as the man looks in the drawer, under the rug, on top of the desk, in the tub, and behind the chair-almost everywhere. He's about to look inside a jewelry box when the game comes to an end. "Here she is, before my eyes-/Emily Greene, what a surprise!" The warm, reassuring rhymes are perfectly paired with Davenier's soft watercolor paintings in reds and greens and gold. The child, who readers are told, "loves the color red,/and roses and rhymes and ribbons and bread," is dressed in red, and her room is papered with roses. Mazer's picture book celebrates the special bond between fathers and daughters, making it perfect for a shared read-aloud.
—Mary Jean SmithCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Mazer successfully ventures into the picture-book arena with the same keen understanding that she brings to her tales for older readers. The lively preschool romp details a father and daughter's ritual game of hide-and-seek, as the title becomes the father's refrain while searching for his mischievous tot. Mazer skillfully taps into the reservoir of silliness that the three-to-six-year-old set adore. The father's silly searches are bound to elicit giggles as he combs his hair and shakes out his socks in his quest to discover Emily's whereabouts. As all tots are wont to do, Emily reaches the point where she cannot bear to be undiscovered any longer and reveals herself with a stomp and a roar. Davenier's lighthearted illustrations deftly capture the playfulness of the tale as she depicts a gleeful Emily inexpertly hidden in each spread. Readers will enjoy studying the watercolor illustrations for glimpses of Emily as much as they will enjoy the concept of the story. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763613846
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 5/8/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 975,199
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.65 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Norma Fox Mazer is the author of more than thirty books for children, including SILVER, BABYFACE, GIRLHEARTS, and AFTER THE RAIN, a Newbery Honor Book. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont, with her husband, novelist Harry Mazer.

Christine Davenier has illustrated or contributed illustrations to many books for children, including FULL MOON BARNYARD DANCE by Carole Lexa Schaefer and IN EVERY TINY GRAIN OF SAND, edited by Reeve Lindbergh. She lives in Paris.

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