Loud Emily

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Poor Emily. She doesn't mean to be loud, but whenever she says anything in her Emily voice, plates shatter, neighbors are astonished, and birds are frightened right out of the trees. It seems like there's nowhere she fits in. Until the day she sees a ship with a sign that reads: LOUD HELP NEEDED. NOW. So Emily sets sail for an adventure on the high seas, where perhaps there is a place for her after all...

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Overview

Poor Emily. She doesn't mean to be loud, but whenever she says anything in her Emily voice, plates shatter, neighbors are astonished, and birds are frightened right out of the trees. It seems like there's nowhere she fits in. Until the day she sees a ship with a sign that reads: LOUD HELP NEEDED. NOW. So Emily sets sail for an adventure on the high seas, where perhaps there is a place for her after all...

A little girl with a big voice who lives in a nineteenth-century whaling town finds a way to be useful and happy aboard a sailing ship.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Patricia Timbrook
Emily-not meaning to be loud-disturbs, embarrasses, disgusts, and shakes up the world around her in some most unusual ways. While the text reveals some her calamities, it's truly the illustrations that stretch this story to the fullest level of picture book status. Using crackled-look paintings, reminiscent of the 19th Century American paintings-and-portraits, the illustrator integrates humor into what is a very serious problem for Emily and for her socialite parents. Literally a whale-of-a-tale, the author sends the reader along with Emily to the sea. It's there that Emily grows and in the end is recognized for her greatness in character, rather than for her loud voice.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Set in a 19th-century New England whaling town, this picture book champions the cause of loud children and the resourcefulness of little girls. When Emily is born, her booming "GOO GOO BA BA" startles the midwife and frightens away the birds. As she grows older, she grows louder. Rather than be carted off to Miss Meekmeister's School for Soft-Spoken Girls, Emily gets herself a job calling orders on a whaling ship. This is just the place for the boisterous child, and she blasts commands to the crew and even saves the ship during a storm. In the satisfying conclusion, Emily returns to live with her family, but this time in a lighthouse where she warns passing vessels of dangerous rocks. "And nobody there in that house by the sea ever complains of the noise." The oil paintings are styled after 19th-century folk art and successfully pull the story together. Much of the text is set against embroidery cloth, giving the book a charming, homespun look. The endpapers provide the words for several sea chanteys, along with scrimshaw-style illustrations that show Emily, her mouth open wide, hard at work with the sailors. A rollicking tale with a likable heroine that attests to the irrepressible nature of children.-Christy Norris Blanchette, Valley Cottage Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Seven-year-old Emily, a petite child with stentorian pipes, takes ship with whispery Captain Baroo and his "kind but luckless" crew rather than enroll in Miss Meekmeister's School for Soft-Spoken Girls. Soon she's indispensable, bellowing orders into the gale," `AVAST! LUFF HER UP BEFORE WE'RE STOVE!' "and summoning up friendly whales to steer the ship away from rocks. Ultimately, she finds an even worthier use for her talent, as a human foghorn for her New England hometown. Evoking American Primitive conventions, Carpenter poses stiff, comic wincing figures, clad in early 19th-century dress, in carefully appointed interiors and bustling outdoor scenes. An appealing nautical tale, this will have reflective readers wondering why whales would come to the rescue of a whaling ship, but O'Neill's language has a roll and verve that captures her young heroine's spirit perfectly. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689846694
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Edition description: FIRST ALADDIN
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Carpenter is the prolific illustrator of Apples to Oregon, Abe Lincoln, and Fannie in the Kitchen, as well as several other titles published by Simon & Schuster. She also illustrated Sittiā€™s Secrets, which won the Jane Addams Picture Book Award. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2000

    A wonderful book!

    I loved the use of language in this book. The illustrations are hilarious in a very subtle and understated way. I recommend it for everyone!

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