Moss brings another addition to her collection of Amelia's notebooks. This time, Amelia is providing us with 50 fail-proof tips on how to survive boredom, such as #1, "See if you can touch the tip of your nose with your tongue" and #7, "Think up comic book sound effects for real life," Not all of her ideas are silly, however, some are even educational, such as #25, "Think up all the figures of speech you can," and #38, "Think of great first sentences for a story." As before, text and pictures are woven together on lined paper with humorous quips in the margins. Not only is this a great children's book, but it also provides lots of creative ideas for young readers.
Gr 3-5-Amelia is back with another black-and-white marbleized notebook, this one filled with 51 things to do when bored. Making up jump-rope songs, listing good and gross foods, eye tricks, and creating certificates for family and friends are just a few of the activities suggested. Like the other "Amelia" titles (Tricycle), every lined, hand-written page is illustrated with full-color childlike drawings. The result is lots of humor, both visual and verbal, that will appeal to even the most reluctant of readers. But best of all, this young writer encourages others to create their own notebooks filled with suggestions for fighting the doldrums. Not a bad idea at all.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.