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It's Justin Time, Amber Brown

It's Justin Time, Amber Brown

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by Paula Danziger, Tony Ross (Illustrator)

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Amber Brown wants a watch for her birthday. Maybe her best friend, Justin Daniels, should get one too. He is never on time! Will Justin be late to Amber’s birthday party?


Amber Brown wants a watch for her birthday. Maybe her best friend, Justin Daniels, should get one too. He is never on time! Will Justin be late to Amber’s birthday party?

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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 time—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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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Penguin Young Readers Level 3 Series
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Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
280L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in New York, Paula Danziger knew since second grade that she wanted to be a writer. Beginning her career as a teacher, Danziger taught at the junior high, high school, college levels. She received her Masters Degree in reading and during that time she wrote her first bestselling novel, The Cat Ate My Gymsuit. She returned to teaching, but the success of her book encouraged her to become a full-time writer. It was non-stop for Danziger since then. Among her titles are: the enormously popular Amber Brown books as well as Remember Me To Harold Square, The Divorce Express, and Can You Sue Your Parents For Malpractice?

Danziger received numerous honors, including: Parent's Choice Awards, International Reading Association - Children's Book Council Awards, a IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award and many nominations for state reading and library association awards.

Known as a flamboyantly funny and deeply honest writer and speaker, Paula Danziger knew how to relate to young readers at their level. She was vital, funny, and compassionate. She knew how kids felt, what made them laugh, what they wore, collected, read, and played with. From collecting novelty toys that would make any teacher cringe, to wearing jangly earrings, funky glasses and shoes covered with beads and sequins, Paula Danziger had a direct line into kids' hearts and funnybones. She will be missed always.

In Paula's memory, The Amber Brown Fund has been established to bring authors and illustrators to schools and libraries which otherwise could not afford them. Donations may be sent to The Amber Brown Fund/ SCBWI Museum of Children’s Books, 8271 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.
Tony Ross lives in London, England.

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It's Justin Time, Amber Brown 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ojaiquilter More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.

The illustrations are simple and colorful, and range from very cute to downright wacky, perfectly fitting the mood of each page.

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.

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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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