Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
One look at the book cover and you know you are going to love this story! Amelia is a nine-year-old girl who is trying to deal with her parents' divorce, being the new kid in school and growing-up pangs. Can life get any worse? Not really, but at least Amelia has good friends, her mom, and Aunt Tanner. The best part is that Aunt Tanner is also a rock star. This is certainly adds powerful leverage to her role as the new kid in school! Initially, Amelia receives permission to bring her aunt to school. Then, just like that, Amelia can't bring her, because Aunt Tanner's new song is controversial. What did that mean? If you read the first book in the "Amelia Rules!" series, you already know that G. A. S. P. stands for Gathering of Awesome Super Pals. This group seems to be able to get more information about Amelia's aunt's past, as well as much about life. It isn't easy being nine and having to deal with confusing grown-up "stuff." I laughed out loud in some places and honestly couldn't answer some of the questions that Amelia tries to figure out. After all, what does make a super hero? How should she feel after her first kiss? And what does make a person happy? The title certainly fits the story. Written in graphic format, this book is especially well-suited to those who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own. It is also a wonderful way to introduce a less well-known genre to young people. Young readers who want to read anything they can get their hands on will enjoy the graphics and fast-paced text. The full-color graphics make an enormous impact on the story. The book is fun to read and will be read over and over again. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
Nine-year-old Amelia McBride's parents have just divorced, and she and her mom now live in a new town with her Aunt Tanner, a Bob Dylan-quoting rock musician. Amelia makes some new friends-nutty superhero-in-training Reggie, loudmouth Rhonda, and the totally silent Pajamaman-only to discover on the first day of school that they're the school's geeks and, by association, so is she. This book, previously published by Renaissance Press as Amelia Rules: In with the Out Crowd, is side-splittingly hilarious while also dealing sensitively with the problems that children of divorce face. With a Peanuts-like look and Charles Schulz's impeccable comic timing, a Calvin and Hobbes sort of attitude, and even a Yellow Kid homage (in Pajamaman's ever-changing chest emblems), this will appeal to the broader audience of comic strip readers as well as to comic book fans. (Only one small complaint: someone should check the spelling.) Throw in a wonderful Christmas story, which should be turned into an animated special immediately, and an Eisner Award nomination for best title for a younger audience, and the result is a book highly recommended for all ages and all libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Unwraps a kid's-eye view of life honestly, poignantly, and with a hefty dollop of melodrama." Booklist
"Highly recommended for all ages." Library Journal
"A Peanuts for the twenty-first century." Comics Buyer's Guide