Reptiles Are My Life

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Amanda, the girl who loves insects, has a new best friend, Maggie, who's wild about reptiles. But when Emily Elligator, another reptile-lover, arrives wearing her gecko shirt, everything changes. Emily and Maggie become fast friends, and that leaves Amanda all by herself! Funny and true to life, with many fascinating facts about insects and reptiles, here is a book about what really matters in a friendship.

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Overview

Amanda, the girl who loves insects, has a new best friend, Maggie, who's wild about reptiles. But when Emily Elligator, another reptile-lover, arrives wearing her gecko shirt, everything changes. Emily and Maggie become fast friends, and that leaves Amanda all by herself! Funny and true to life, with many fascinating facts about insects and reptiles, here is a book about what really matters in a friendship.

Amanda, who loves insects, and Maggie, who loves reptiles, are best friends until Emily joins their class and Maggie feels left out.

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Children's Literature
The familiar story of best friends' bond being upset by a newcomer is the basis for a book full of information about insects and reptiles. Amanda is the insect lover;Maggie is mad about reptiles. They share their enthusiasms until the arrival of Emily, another reptile lover. Amanda feels left out, until she stands up for the "Snake Sisters" and they start have fun all together. Johnson creates sympathetic characters in settings just detailed enough to add to the verisimilitude of the story. The color drawings display the changing emotions of friendships, while detailed illustrations of insects and reptiles accompany additional factual notes. 2001, Orchard Books/Scholastic, $15.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer:Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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K-Gr 2-Readers first met Amanda and Maggie in Insects Are My Life (Orchard, 1995). The ups and downs of their friendship are the focus of this story. Maggie adores reptiles and she and Amanda share their respective passions by doing the sorts of things good friends do-they change their names, reptile and insect related of course, and enjoy a secret hiding place. Things are perfect until a new girl, Emily Elligator, joins their class. Maggie gravitates to Emily, another reptile aficionado, abandoning her friend. Amanda is left out of their games, and friendship, until she defends them against the accusations of a classmate and "From that day on, they were as together as three bugs in a rug, three crocs on a rock." The story accurately portrays the roller-coaster ride that some friendships take, and the language is filled with delightful metaphors. Johnson's impressionist acrylics depict a multicultural cast of characters and a host of creatures.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Non-stereotypical hobbies and sprightly writing keep this routine tale of a friendship's collapse and regrouping afloat-but barely. Insect-lover Amanda and Maggie, mad for reptiles, are as close as "two bugs in a rug, two crocs on a rock," until new classmate Emily, another reptile-phile, shoulders in. Suddenly Amanda's out in the cold, watching Maggie and Emily bond and seeing her own overtures to join in ignored or scorned. Only when Amanda steps up to save the "Snake Sisters" from a reprimand by explaining to a teacher that they weren't sticking their tongues out to be rude does the ice suddenly melt, and without further ado the trio becomes "three bugs on a rug, three crocs on a rock." The plot's not going to sell many readers, nor will the art; though he catches a guilty look on Maggie's face once, by and large Johnson depicts a set of indistinctly drawn, stiff-faced children walking through a series of conventional school and playground scenes. The children do impart snippets of fact about the creatures to which they're devoted, but the brio and good humor of Insects Are My Life (1995) is missing from this follow-up. (Picture book. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439293068
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Megan McDonald
Megan McDonald

Megan McDonald is the author of the award-winning Judy Moody series and its companion series starring Stink. She is also the author of ANT AND HONEY BEE, illustrated by Brian Karas. "I used to live near my sister in Minnesota, where it’s very snowy," she says. "My sister had a mailman whose name was . . . Jack Frost. For real! I never forgot because I thought it was so funny and so magical." Megan McDonald now lives in Sebastopol, California.

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