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Children's LiteratureEmma 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.