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Janey and the Famous Author

Janey and the Famous Author

by Mary Downing Hahn, Timothy Bush
     
 

Third-grader Janey is never without a Bob the Dog Detective book by her favorite author, Lily May Appleton. She sneaks reading time during school and is often scolded for letting her mind wander. Janey snaps to attention, though, when her teacher mentions Ms. Appleton’s name. The author is scheduled to speak at a children’s literature festival, and

Overview

Third-grader Janey is never without a Bob the Dog Detective book by her favorite author, Lily May Appleton. She sneaks reading time during school and is often scolded for letting her mind wander. Janey snaps to attention, though, when her teacher mentions Ms. Appleton’s name. The author is scheduled to speak at a children’s literature festival, and Janey’s class will have a chance to meet her!

At last the big day comes, but once again Janey’s daydreaming gets her into trouble. She becomes separated from her class and completely misses the session with Ms. Appleton. Lost and devastated, Janey is consoled by a kind stranger who claims to be none other than—Lily May Appleton!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A wish-fulfillment tale that will turn any author groupie (or author, for that matter) green with envy." KIRKUS Kirkus Reviews

"Short and appealing, this speaks to any child who has a favorite author." -BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

Children's Literature
Janey always has her nose in a book--usually a Bob the Dog Detective book written by her favorite author, Lily May Appleton. When Janey learns that she will have the chance to meet Lily May, she is so excited she can hardly talk. But the day at the Literature Festival rapidly turns into a disaster. It takes forever to buy the latest Bob the Dog Detective. Worst of all, Janey gets so caught up in reading her new book, she is separated from her class and misses her chance to meet Lily May Appleton. Or has she? It is a shame that Janey's teacher doesn't celebrate the fact that Janey is an avid reader, but kids will recognize that poor Mrs. Lindsay's reactions to Janey's behaviors are very realistic. There are lots of topics for classroom discussion. For example, what strategies can Janey use to help her pay attention? Was it a good idea for Janey to wear a yellow shirt when her teacher had asked that all the students wear the red school shirt? What could Janey have done when she discovered she was separated from her class? Was it really a good idea to talk to the old lady? She was nice but she was a stranger. Told in the present tense and illustrated with watercolor scenes, this chapter book is a good choice for the strong beginning reader, as well as a book to read aloud to younger students. 2005, Clarion Books, Ages 6 to 8.
—Anita Barnes Lowen
Kirkus Reviews
A bookish child almost misses seeing her favorite writer in the whole wide world, in a wish-fulfillment tale that will turn any author groupie (or author, for that matter) green with envy. Janey's wild to meet Lily May Appleton at a local college's literary festival, but she gets so absorbed in reading Appleton's latest animal mystery while other, less interesting authors make presentations, that she loses the rest of her class. Much later, having wandered desolately around the campus, she tearfully tells her tale of woe to an elderly passerby, who turns out to be. . . .well, you know. A long, pleasant give-and-take ensues, and Janey gets the entire bagful of books she brought signed before triumphantly rejoining her class at day's end. Hahn tells the tale in present tense; Bush illustrates her brief chapters with full-page scenes of typical children encountering several affectionately spoofed author and illustrator types. A warm companion to Louise Borden's The Day Eddie Met the Author (2001) or Eve Bunting's My Special Day at Third Street School (2004). (Fiction. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618354085
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Edition description:
None
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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From the Publisher
"A wish-fulfillment tale that will turn any author groupie (or author, for that matter) green with envy." KIRKUS Kirkus Reviews

"Short and appealing, this speaks to any child who has a favorite author." -BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

Meet the Author

MARY DOWNING HAHN, a former children’s librarian, is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories, including Wait Till Helen Comes, which is being adapted for film. An avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland, with her cat, Oscar. Visit her online at www.marydowninghahnbooks.com.

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