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Paula Danziger's Amber Brown Is Tickled Pink
     

Paula Danziger's Amber Brown Is Tickled Pink

3.8 6
by Bruce Coville, Elizabeth Levy
 

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Beloved Amber Brown returns in a new book!

Amber Brown is excited about her mom and Max’s upcoming wedding. Not only does Amber get to be the Best Child but all her best friends are invited, including Justin, whose family will be making a special trip back to town just for the big event! But when every conversation about the wedding causes a fight about

Overview

Beloved Amber Brown returns in a new book!

Amber Brown is excited about her mom and Max’s upcoming wedding. Not only does Amber get to be the Best Child but all her best friends are invited, including Justin, whose family will be making a special trip back to town just for the big event! But when every conversation about the wedding causes a fight about money, they talk about a having a tiny wedding without any family or friends. On top of that she’s on the hunt for the perfect dress and writing her Best Child speech.

Paula Danziger called Bruce Coville and Elizabeth Levy her best friend and her other best friend, and this close connection enabled them to lovingly capture Amber Brown's voice, sense of humor, big-heartedness, and her fondness for puns.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—This 10th book in the series was written by two of Danziger's friends after her death in 2004. Amber's original voice rings true, delivering plenty of wordplay and hilarious, wide-eyed observations. Major changes are afoot for the child and her family; her mother and Max are getting married. Amber is thrilled to be in the wedding (she's going to be the "best child"), but she is disturbed by the ups and downs as Max and her mom debate whether they should have a big party or simply go to City Hall. Meanwhile, she has to deal with her dad's snarky comments about Max, find the dress, and come up with a toast. Ever insightful and resilient, Amber faces her challenges head on and recognizes that change is inevitable and difficult. The wedding, of course, is lovely, and Amber shines. Occasional artwork adds to the characters' personalities. This lovable nine-year-old will appeal to current Amber Brown fans and undoubtedly recruit new ones.—Amanda Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, Madison, WI
Publishers Weekly
The star of Paula Danziger’s series that began in 1994 with Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon makes an exuberant reappearance in this installment, written by two close friends of the late author. Coville (the My Teacher Is an Alien books) and Levy (the Something Queer Mysteries) don’t miss a beat as they channel the voice of Danziger’s funny, acerbic, and pun-loving heroine. Throughout the story, happiness and sadness are closely entwined for nine-year-old Amber: she’s thrilled that her divorced mother is marrying big-hearted Max, but uneasy that “for the first time in my life something huge is happening and Dad isn’t even a tiny part of it.” She struggles with this and other wedding dilemmas, including picking the perfect dress and making a toast, but she finds solutions with characteristic resolve and resourcefulness. Beyond the wedding story line, the authors deliver a sensitive portrait of a child handling divorce, especially in cruel offhand remarks her parents occasionally make about each other, which cause Amber heartache. Coville and Levy do splendid service both to this character and her creator. Ages 8–12. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
“Throughout the story, happiness and sadness are closely entwined for nine-year-old Amber: she’s thrilled that her divorced mother is marrying big-hearted Max, but uneasy that ‘for the first time in my life something huge is happening and Dad isn’t even a tiny part of it.’ . . . Coville and Levy do splendid service both to this character and her creator.” — Publisher's Weekly, starred review

“Amber is trying to find comfortable middle ground between her father and her mother's wedding plans. She's trying not to take sides but sometimes finds herself caught between them, even in their mostly amicable split, a problem she good-naturedly deals with, setting a fine example for kids in the same position. . . . Fully faithful to the voice Danziger gave Amber Brown, this visit with an old friend will totally satisfy readers. (afterword by Danziger's niece, ‘the real Amber Brown’)” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 "Amber's original voice rings true, delivering plenty of wordplay and hilarious, wide-eyed observations. Ever insightful and resilient, Amber faces her challenges head on and recognizes that change is inevitable and difficult." —School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
The late Paula Danziger began writing the Amber Brown series in the early 1990s. They were immediately popular, speaking to middle school readers about school and parents and best friends and incorporating middle school humor into each book. When she passed away, readers as well as teachers and librarians and parents feared that Amber Brown would not have any new adventures. In this new adventure, written by Bruce Coville and Elizabeth Levy, who were friends of Paula's, Amber's mom is getting married and the awesome big wedding she and Max were planning might have to be scrapped because of the cost. Amber loves her mom, but she is taking Max's side about the wedding because she has already invited her friends, including her best friend Justin who moved to Alabama last year. When she hears one of her classmates talk about the camp that he and his dad operate, she comes up with a plan to save the wedding. There are lots of middle school jokes but there is also a great story about families and loyalties that will resonate with many readers. Coville and Levy have accomplished something very difficult and unusual, incorporating the voice of another writer, and have done it with style. Very highly recommended. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
Kirkus Reviews
Amber Brown fans will rejoice; against all odds, their favorite protagonist is back. After Paula Danziger passed away in 2004, it looked like readers would never find out how things would work out for Amber as her mother faced remarriage and a move to a new house. Through the efforts of two of Danziger's author friends, Amber has returned, with her funny, often slightly ironic, first-person voice that perfectly captures the tribulations and triumphs of the middle-grade years. Assigned to create a personal budget for a million dollars, she sets aside $25,000 to provide for "anti-nose-picking therapy for Fredrich Allen," a classmate. He becomes less easy to mock when she gets to know him better, since it turns out her mother and fiancé Max are going to get married at the Allens' summer camp to save money, a plan Amber dreamed up. What's harder for Amber is trying to find comfortable middle ground between her father and her mother's wedding plans. She's trying not to take sides but sometimes finds herself caught between them, even in their mostly amicable split, a problem she good-naturedly deals with, setting a fine example for kids in the same position. Simple, often humorous illustrations completely capture the gentle spirit of the tale. Fully faithful to the voice Danziger gave Amber Brown, this visit with an old friend will totally satisfy readers. (afterword by Danziger's niece, "the real Amber Brown") (Fiction. 7-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101581551
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/13/2012
Series:
Amber Brown Series , #10
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,097,022
Lexile:
530L (what's this?)
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Read an Excerpt

Amber Brown isn't looking for just any dress. It has to be THE dress.

“How about this one?” Aunt Pam says. “It’s not pink.”

“No, it’s outer-space green,” I say.

The dress is iridescent, which means shiny. And yes, I like shiny, but this one looks like an alien ate something that didn’t agree with it.

I give Aunt Pam my “I can’t believe you expect me to wear this dress” face. It’s a face I’ve been making all day. Aunt Pam is getting exasperated. Mom is getting exasperated. The sales woman is getting exasperated……and we’ve been to six stores before we even got to her.

I, Amber Brown, am exasperated too. I am also disgruntled, peeved, and put out. I have nothing to wear. I don’t mean that I’m naked. But now that we are having the wedding, I must, must, MUST have THE dress!

It’s not going to be alien green.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"Amber's original voice rings true, delivering plenty of wordplay and hilarious, wide-eyed observations. Ever insightful and resilient, Amber faces her challenges head on and recognizes that change is inevitable and difficult." —School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Paula Danziger (1944–2004) was a flamboyantly funny and deeply honest writer who had a direct line into kids’ hearts and funny bones.

Bruce Coville (www.brucecoville.com) lives in Syracuse, New York.

Elizabeth Levy (www.elizabethlevy.com) lives in New York City.

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Paula Danziger's Amber Brown Is Tickled Pink 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Suvorov More than 1 year ago
The Amber Brown series is a fun series to read aloud with your child. Amber Brown is Tickled Pink is the most current in the series and possibly the last. It is written by the late Paula Danziger's best friends, Bruce Coville and Elizabeth Levy, in honor of Ms. Danziger. ----- One of the details that makes this series so recommendable is that it deals with divorce. Amber's parents are divorced, and not amicably I might add. They complain about each other, make snide comments about each other, etc. It's been a while since I have read its predecessors, but this aspect seems to come out more prominently in Tickled Pink. I imagine the reason is that Amber is older and her mother is remarrying. Weddings seem to have a talent for bringing out the worst in situations that are less than pleasant to begin with. While a child should never be in this situation, I am happy to hear Amber stick up for her parents and tell them their bickering makes her uncomfortable. And I am glad that there are no 100% happy endings, i.e. parents miraculously stop bickering and become best friends. That would be cheating. ----- Now I may just be getting over-weepy in my old age, but Amber's toast choked me up. If a book makes me cry, or struggle not to, it's a sign of a well-written book in my opinion. ----- When I started reading this book, I did not realize that Paula Danziger had passed away. I can't remember what it was that alerted me to that fact, but I had not read the dedication. So I went back to read it. That was the second time I got all choked up. ----- Amber Brown is Tickled Pink is a fun read and I definitely recommend it, especially for anyone who is looking for a book, or entire series for that matter, to read aloud to their kiddos.
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Ambet brow is sooo much fun fir children shes silly funny and full of energy when you call them for dinner theyll be way too busy reading too ever stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!