Jennifer's Diary
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Jennifer's Diary

by Anne Fine, Kate Aldous
     
 

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Jennifer's aunt has given her a beautiful rainbow-colored diary. The trouble is, Jennifer can't think of a single thing to write in it. Her friend Iola is just bursting with ideas to fill the glossy blank pages of a new diary - stories about rescuing drowning victims and eerie ghosts in pink dresses. So what if none of the stories are true? Iola wants that diary.

Overview

Jennifer's aunt has given her a beautiful rainbow-colored diary. The trouble is, Jennifer can't think of a single thing to write in it. Her friend Iola is just bursting with ideas to fill the glossy blank pages of a new diary - stories about rescuing drowning victims and eerie ghosts in pink dresses. So what if none of the stories are true? Iola wants that diary. But how can she convince Jennifer that it should really be hers?

Filled with engaging illustrations, this dashingly droll chapter book demonstrates how good storytellers like Iola can turn even the most mundane occurrences into amusing fictions.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Keri Collins
A rainbow-colored journal becomes a bone of contention between two friends in this illustrated chapter book. Jennifer has the journal but nothing to write in it, while her friend Iola is brimming over with story ideas produced by her vivid imagination. Cannibalistic cows, ghosts in pink dresses, aliens, and time travel tales fill the blank pages for past days, once Jennifer allows Iola to write in the unused space. As Iola becomes increasingly fixated on owning the journal herself, Jennifer grows more annoyed with her creative friend. The sheer inventiveness of Iola's solution proves the power of thinking like your enemy when it comes to negotiating a truce, and both girls benefit by compromise. The teacher as kill-joy is predictable but gives the story moments of tension and irony. Kate Aldous's deft pen-and-ink drawings open a window into Iola's mind and portray many of the book's most humorous moments. The First American Edition of a story originally published in Great Britain in 1996, Jennifer's Diary has a timeless quality to it, and lacks references to technology and slang that would make it sound dated to emerging readers. More likely to be enjoyed by girls than boys, this story is a tribute to creative writers of all ages and gives an amusing face to the oft-repeated cry, "I don't know what to write about!"
Kirkus Reviews
When a budding writer covets her neighbor's diary, creative mayhem results. Iola has more ideas than she has time to write them down; Jennifer is something of a tabula rasa-which is why it's just so unfair that Jennifer has a rainbow-colored diary with "a whole glossy blank page" for every day of the year. And when Iola spots it on the ground after school and takes it home, it's only to be expected that she'll write in it. The tale is told in Iola's voice, every self-interested rationalization laid bare to the reader: "It was her own fault for getting back so late . . . I wrote in the diary because no one else was using it." The juxtaposition between Jennifer's mind-numbingly pedestrian diary entries and Iola's imaginative pyrotechnics is nothing short of hilarious, if not a bit nice. The resolution is satisfyingly wicked, a celebration of the triumph of imagination, if not respect for private property. In literature, as in life, it's something of a relief not to be nice every once in a while, and nobody walks this line better than Fine. (Fiction. 8-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374336738
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
03/20/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

ANNE FINE is the former Children’s Laureate of Britain and has written many books for young readers, including the novel that inspired the hit Robin Williams movie Mrs. Doubtfire. She lives in County Durham, England.

KATE ALDOUS lives in Kew, England.

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