You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown

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The spunky heroine from Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon is back for another adventure. When Amber sets off to visit her Aunt Pam in London, she has a big plan--to reunite her recently separated parents. But things go awry when she discovers she has chicken pox!

At the end of third grade, Amber is excited about her trip with her aunt to London and Paris, where she will see her father again, but her plans change when she comes down with ...

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Overview

The spunky heroine from Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon is back for another adventure. When Amber sets off to visit her Aunt Pam in London, she has a big plan--to reunite her recently separated parents. But things go awry when she discovers she has chicken pox!

At the end of third grade, Amber is excited about her trip with her aunt to London and Paris, where she will see her father again, but her plans change when she comes down with chicken pox.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
A bad case of the chicken pox doesn't dampen the spirits of Danziger's spunky heroine (introduced in Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon)-even though the spots appear at the start of her anxiously awaited summer trip to London with her aunt. What does dismay the impulsive, soon-to-be-fourth grader, however, is the likelihood that her parents' six-month separation will be permanent. When she is unable to keep her plans to visit her father, who now lives in France, he travels to London to see her, and their rendezvous sets the scene for some poignant conversations about the separation. (When her father tells Amber that he has missed seeing her and taking her places, she responds, 'I miss that too.... And I miss just being a kid who doesn't have to think about all of this stuff.') Danziger deftly balances the serious with the lighthearted, as Amber's chatty, first-person narration is also filled with humorous reflections and observations. A worthy sequel.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A bad case of the chicken pox doesn't dampen the spirits of Danziger's spunky heroine (introduced in Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon)-even though the spots appear at the start of her anxiously awaited summer trip to London with her aunt. What does dismay the impulsive, soon-to-be-fourth grader, however, is the likelihood that her parents' six-month separation will be permanent. When she is unable to keep her plans to visit her father, who now lives in France, he travels to London to see her, and their rendezvous sets the scene for some poignant conversations about the separation. (When her father tells Amber that he has missed seeing her and taking her places, she responds, "I miss that too.... And I miss just being a kid who doesn't have to think about all of this stuff.") Danziger deftly balances the serious with the lighthearted, as Amber's chatty, first-person narration is also filled with humorous reflections and observations. A worthy sequel. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
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Gr 2-4-In this sequel to Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon (Putnam, 1994), Amber has completed the third grade and is looking ahead to an exciting summer. She is going to London with her Aunt Pam, and then on to Paris to see her father. Her parents are getting a divorce, yet she hopes that somehow she can bring them back together. Once in London, though, she comes down with the chicken pox, and her father comes to visit her. She then realizes that her parents won't get back together, but her dad does promise that he will return to the U.S. soon, and it looks like he and Amber's mother will communicate more openly in the future. Amber is bright, perky, and thoroughly likable, and the story is upbeat, authentic, and humorous. While recuperating, Amber writes funny letters to her friend Justin, plays board games with her aunt, and gets trapped in an elevator. She is a convincing eight-year-old in her behavior, interests, perceptions, and penchant for gross humor. Appealing black-ink cartoons appear throughout. This is a delightful selection, sure to please fans of the first book and win some new ones.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
Hazel Rochman
Less entertaining than "Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon" (1994), this sequel is too purposeful. At the end of third grade, Amber Brown takes a trip to London with her aunt while her parents try to work out their divorce. The story is part tourist guide (what's fun to see and do in London) and part bibliotherapy (what it's like when your parents are separating). The two parts don't really go together that well. Danziger writes funny dialogue, but there's a limit to the jokes you can make about the Briticisms for American words. Still, Amber Brown is a smart, vulnerable character, and her first-person narrative is wonderfully candid. Many kids will appreciate her longing for innocence: "I miss just being a kid who doesn't have to think about all this stuff."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785775225
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Series: Amber Brown Series
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 12.02 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in New York, Paula Danziger knew since second grade that she wanted to be a writer. Beginning her career as a teacher, Danziger taught at the junior high, high school, college levels. She received her Masters Degree in reading and during that time she wrote her first bestselling novel, The Cat Ate My Gymsuit. She returned to teaching, but the success of her book encouraged her to become a full-time writer. It was non-stop for Danziger since then. Among her titles are: the enormously popular Amber Brown books as well as Remember Me To Harold Square, The Divorce Express, and Can You Sue Your Parents For Malpractice?

Danziger received numerous honors, including: Parent's Choice Awards, International Reading Association - Children's Book Council Awards, a IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award and many nominations for state reading and library association awards.

Known as a flamboyantly funny and deeply honest writer and speaker, Paula Danziger knew how to relate to young readers at their level. She was vital, funny, and compassionate. She knew how kids felt, what made them laugh, what they wore, collected, read, and played with. From collecting novelty toys that would make any teacher cringe, to wearing jangly earrings, funky glasses and shoes covered with beads and sequins, Paula Danziger had a direct line into kids' hearts and funnybones. She will be missed always.

In Paula's memory, The Amber Brown Fund has been established to bring authors and illustrators to schools and libraries which otherwise could not afford them. Donations may be sent to The Amber Brown Fund/ SCBWI Museum of Children’s Books, 8271 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.
Tony Ross lives in London, England.

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