Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
At the mall, irrepressible Jenny sings the praises of a new food pellet and is asked to appear in a TV commercial. Soon she is emoting energy and sparkle to her annoyed family. When the commercial finally airs, she discovers it is for gerbil kibble and becomes the laughingstock of her class. However, the $900 check makes up for her humiliation. The pleasant but slight story, one of the half dozen "Jenny Archer" series, is short, punchy, and pleasantly illustrated with textured and shaded pencil drawings.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
An author who uses contemporary settings adds another title to her very popular Jenny Archer series for beginning readers. Conford's Nibble, Nibble, Jenny Archer finds the star enthusiastically endorsing and eating a product she discovers is gerbil food!
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- During a trip to the mall, Jenny samples a product being tested on the public. After she finds out that her comments about the mysterious pellets will be part of a television commercial, she begins to imagine what her life will be like when she is rich and famous. Then the ad airs, and Jenny is horrified to learn that she has gushed over the delicious taste of gerbil food, and that the producers want to televise the spot nationally. Conford has created another hilarious chapter book about this enthusiastic heroine. Young readers will respond to Jenny's sense of humor and adventure, as well as her emotional ups and downs. While parents and friends are not a major focus, they do provide a loving and stable background for the unfolding of events. This tasty treat will whet children's appetites for more Jenny Archer tales. --Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL
Jenny Archer a TV star? When Jenny samples a new food at the local mall, she learns she has secretly been filmed for a television commercial. The production crew loves her en
thusiasm and natural, sparkling manner. The promise of $500 after permission papers are signed launches Jenny into practicing "enthusiasm" and "sparkle," much to the distress of those around her. Jenny finds out when her commercial will be played and urges her friends and classmates to watch it. Her shock and dismay at discovering what she actually ate are compounded immediately by painful teasing. How Jenny feels about what happened to her and what she decides about commercials offer a meaningful lesson. The inventive plot, gentle humor, and apt characterization make this a beginning chapter book that fits the intended audience. However, the ethical implications and legal issues of using a child in this way are somewhat disturbing and offer lots to discuss. The pencil drawings mesh well with the action. A good introduction to Jenny Archer, a likable heroine of many books in the series.