It's Justin Time, Amber Brown (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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These easy-to-read Amber Brown adventures focus on her life as a first- and second-grader.

Unlike her best friend Justin, Amber Brown loves to measure time and hopes to receive a watch on her seventh birthday.

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These easy-to-read Amber Brown adventures focus on her life as a first- and second-grader.

Unlike her best friend Justin, Amber Brown loves to measure time and hopes to receive a watch on her seventh birthday.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The feisty series inaugurated in Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon is not just for middle graders any more - with these two volumes, Danziger and Ross introduce their winning heroine to beginning readers as well. Making Amber younger and showing the Brown family before divorce, Danziger simplifies her prose style without reducing her energy. She keeps several story lines moving, and she invigorates them with her characteristic love of puns and her kid-targeted sense of humor. In Justin Time, for example, which opens on the eve of Amber's birthday, she agitates for a watch ("I, Amber Brown, am one very excited six-year, 364-day-old kid"); she also tries to come to terms with her best friend's perpetual tardiness (the friend is Justin Daniels, who moves away in Crayon). In Trip, the Browns and the Daniels vacation together in the Poconos, during the course of which Justin hurts Amber's feelings, a business phone call during a dad-supervised outdoor sleepover annoys Amber, and Justin's left-out little brother finds a way to be included. The emotions are real and recognizable, and Amber's first-person narration makes even obvious jokes seem spontaneous (such as a riff on Poconos/"poke a nose"). Ross brings extra verve to his contributions. In Justin Time, for example, as Amber tells her stuffed-toy gorilla about the gift she wants, Ross shows her drawing a watch onto the gorilla's wrist. In aiming for a younger audience, Danziger and Ross have kept their standards just as high. Ages 5-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
A child on the eve of a seventh birthday is a bundle of eagerness and excitement. Amber Brown epitomizes all very-soon-to-be seven-year-olds in this prequel to the popular stories. With friend Justin Daniels, Amber spends the day before her birthday preoccupied with timeā€”the time it takes Justin to come over to play and the time jokes she and Justin share. Amber wants a watch for her birthday so that she will know the time without asking others. Appealing first person narrative and typical child behaviors in the context of a loving family characterize this early reader. Amber's anxieties and happy birthday surprises roll forward with a quick pace and satisfying ending. The cartoon illustrations support the vibrancy and energy of Amber Brown. 2001, G.P. Putnam's Sons, . Ages 6 to 9. Reviewer: Jacki Vawter
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-This easy-reader goes back to when Amber Brown is turning seven and time is of the essence. She has mastered telling time and wants nothing more than a watch for her birthday. Her best friend, Justin, on the other hand, has no regard for keeping time. He tells her that he'll be at her house "in three minutes" but doesn't appear for half an hour. Amber does get her birthday wish and realizes that friends can have differences and still get along. She sees that being on time works for her and "Justin Time" works for him. The illustrations capture the mood of the story, which is playful and spirited. Beginning readers will enjoy sharing Amber's pre-birthday anticipation and older readers may want to go back and see the early years of the characters they know and love. Either way, this title will be a welcome addition to most collections.-Genevieve Ceraldi, New York Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613443968
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Series: Amber Brown Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    The Amber Brown series is great!

    My 7 year old granddaughter loved this. She and her 8 year old sister have read several books from the Amber Brown series and really enjoy them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2008

    A fun read with great illustrations and good kid-level puns

    This story carries a serious message about accepting people as being what and who they are, but it also has a lot of bouncing off the wall silliness typical of six-year-olds.<BR/><BR/>The illustrations are simple and colorful, and range from very cute to downright wacky, perfectly fitting the mood of each page.<BR/><BR/>But the reason I fell in love with this book is the interesting puns and play-on-words jokes included in the story. They are varied enough to keep older children amused, and younger children will feel smarter and smarter as they gradually catch new ones each time this story is reread.<BR/><BR/>This is one of my favorite books for this age group, or even a bit older. It also has the advantage that Amber does get older in other books, meaning a child can keep returning to this lovable character year after year as they grow from child to pre-teen and beyond.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2005

    A book Review of It's Justin Time, Amber Brown

    The characters are Amber Brown, Justin, Aunt Pam, Mom and Dad. The main event or idea is to get her friend Justin to come to her house on time. I like it because they like pizza and when they tell jokes. I wish her pig could talk and fly. You should read this book because it is funny

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