Children's Literature - Catherine Campbell WrightSeven-year-old Jennifer just wants to play with her big brother, Matt, and his friends. Whenever Jennifer tries to join, Matt always tells her to "go bother someone else," but there's no one else in the neighborhood to play with. Jennifer wants to show the big boys that they will still have fun if they play with her, so she sets out to prove herself a worthy playmate. Perky Jennifer secretly joins in on the boys' games of spying on their neighbor's house and chasing ghosts in the attic. She turns out to be a sneakier spy and a braver ghost-chaser than all the boys put together! Finally, when it's time to play knights in shining armor, Matt and his friends decide that Jennifer is most definitely a worthy playmate. She is dubbed "Sir Jennifer" and finally feels a part of the group. This cute story is an inspiration for all the younger brothers and sisters who have to fight to play with the big kids!
School Library JournalGr 2-3-In these three episodes, Jennifer is bored and wants to join her older brother, Matt, and his friend in their exciting escapades. And so, when she finds the boys wearing raincoats and pretending to be spies, she dresses in her own disguise-a pillowcase-and solves a mystery at a neighbor's house. Next, while the boys tell ghost stories in the attic, she and her cat unintentionally frighten them away. Lastly, she wants to be a knight, but is told that she must be either the queen or the wizard. However, when she creates majestic shields for them, the boys are impressed and anoint her ``Sir Jennifer.'' This slight book cleverly makes the point that girls should demonstrate their capabilities to boys who treat them stereotypically. The large type, easy-reader format, and simple language make it appealing to beginning readers. While similar in format to the ``Something Queer'' series by Elizabeth Levy, the black-and-white sketches here are bland, and add little to the humorous, enjoyable plot. While not a surefire winner, this title does have merit and may appeal to reluctant readers.-Debra S. Gold, Parma Heights Library, Parma, OH
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