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Eight-year-old Emma McGraw is an only child who lives with her mom in their "cozy" condo. When four-year-old Anthony Scarpetto moves in for a week while his parents are away, Emma is not happy. He's loud, he smells, and he touches her stuff. And that's only half of it! Emma has started at a new school, and has finally begun to make friends. But how can she invite anyone over when annoying Anthony is there? Emma is in for a surprise, though. As the week goes by, she starts to realize that having a "little brother"...
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Overview

Eight-year-old Emma McGraw is an only child who lives with her mom in their "cozy" condo. When four-year-old Anthony Scarpetto moves in for a week while his parents are away, Emma is not happy. He's loud, he smells, and he touches her stuff. And that's only half of it! Emma has started at a new school, and has finally begun to make friends. But how can she invite anyone over when annoying Anthony is there? Emma is in for a surprise, though. As the week goes by, she starts to realize that having a "little brother" may not be as bad as she thought.

Third-grader Emma's peaceful life as an only child is disrupted when she has to temporarily share her tidy bedroom with four-year-old Anthony Scarpetto, a bona fide "pain in the patootie."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Emma is an 8-year-old only child of a single Mom with very definite ideas about what she wants to do. This does not include having to share her work-at-home mother with the demanding 4-year-old Anthony who comes to stay for a week, while his parents go out of town to tend to sick relatives. The use of first person present narrative voice helps create a strong sense of Emma's lively personality and her ambivalence about Anthony, as well as her own feelings about being an only child and the ups and downs of an emerging friendship with her classmate "Cynthia." A nice touch is the way the narrative shows Emma's dawning recognition of her mother's conflicted feelings about not having a little one to cuddle anymore. The line drawings once or twice a chapter echo the pert tone of the book and are likely to help newly fluent readers triumphantly finish a real chapter book on their own. The audience this book is likely to appeal to is very much the kind of little girl Emma is. 2005, Viking/Penguin, Ages 8 to 10.
—Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-When Emma's mother loses her job, the third grader has to leave private school, and they move to a new neighborhood. Then Anthony, the four-year-old son of her mother's friend, comes to stay for a week. To Emma, he's just one big annoyance. She makes friends with Cynthia, also an only child, whom she is eager to please for fear of losing the relationship. When Cynthia invites Emma to sleep over, her mom gives her the option of asking her friend to their house instead, because of Anthony. Emma can't imagine that Cynthia would like the boy, but she is in for a surprise-about her friend and about herself. The black-and-white illustrations are charming, and thumbnail sidebars present fun scientific facts about animals mentioned in the story. Though nothing in this early chapter book is new in a field saturated with "Amber Brown," "Junie B. Jones," and "Judy Moody" books, it holds its own. Emma is a likable character whose feelings and behaviors are common to many children. A sequel is planned.-Linda Zeilstra Sawyer, Skokie Public Library, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Third-grader Emma McGraw is an only child and she likes it that way. When her mother agrees to take care of four-year-old Anthony, Emma learns the blessings and challenges of having a sibling, if only a temporary one. Anthony is cute, Emma agrees, but boy is he annoying! He touches all her toys with his perpetually sticky hands, bends her puzzle pieces and throws tantrums when things don't go his way. Anthony's presence is also cramping her social style: Who would want to play at her little condo with a bratty little four-year-old boy? No wonder Emma longs for peace and quiet. Warner's sassy first-person narrative soars with humor and self-pity, real conversations and real changes of heart. This is the first volume in a promised series; readers will want to find out more about Emma, her friend Cynthia and even little "brother" Anthony. Lots of fun. (Fiction. 7-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101567593
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/7/2006
  • Series: Emma
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 623,167
  • Age range: 8 years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Sally Warner (www.sallywarner.com) has published more than twenty novels for young readers, including the Emma and EllRay Jakes series. She lives in Altadena, California with her husband and their not-so-miniature dachshund, Rocky. 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    ????

    Not sur yet my bff is emma!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

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    Love it. You should TOTALLY buy this book. I read it in third grade. Its funny and adorable.BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!





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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    ?. ??????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have not read it yet,but it sounds really good!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Fine

    Not bad but not the best:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2006

    Read it! I mean you have to, I absolutly recomended to you!!

    Emma only!!! Emma is a scince fan she loves science! I think more of a 3rd greater will enjoy it because it was a bit to easy for me and I am in fourth grader!! Emma lives alone with her mom and she likes it!! She lives in a new little condo and a new school, she is doing her best to finde a best friend since it is her first year at that shool. Cinthia is a great new friend and Emma is starting to get use to her and it is working!! Untill one day, Anthony moves in and Emma has to baby sit him for 5 whole days with her mother. Anthony¿s parents (Emma¿s mother¿s best friend) went to a trip to visit Anthony¿s grandmother who is sick! Emma and Anthony haved never got along! ¿Just because he looks cute doesn¿t mean he can¿t be anoying¿ Emma thinks. If you are a third grader who loves to read and enjoys more reading other books that aren¿t misterie books I think you will enjoy this one!! Read it I mean you have to! I absolutley recomended to you!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

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    I loved the Emma books when I was younger!! I think that this is

    I loved the Emma books when I was younger!! I think that this is an excellent series for young girls. I would totally recommend this series!!

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