Only Emma

Only Emma

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by Sally Warner, Jamie Harper
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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" may not be as bad as she thought.

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 Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/07/2006
Series:
Emma
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,292,665
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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