From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3 Mrs. Hardy is expecting an addition and asks Amelia Bedelia to babysit for her children while she goes to the doctor. Then workers from a construction company stop to ask Amelia for directions and Amelia looks at the address, gets the numbers backward, and convinces the workers that they were sent to build an addition on the Hardy family's house. The literal woman and the children start to help the construction workers, and it's all downhill from there. The text is a bit wordy for beginning readers and the story line is somewhat confusing. A few of the terms may be a little difficult to grasp (such as the concept of a marble-top counter and a walk-in closet). The cartoon illustrations help clarify some of Amelia Bedelia's mix-ups, but others will need explanation. Still, fans of the series will enjoy this title. Bobbee Pennington, Bryan Public Library, TX
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K-Gr. 2. When Mrs. Hardy leaves Amelia Bedelia in charge of her house and two children, she opens the door for misunderstandings and mishaps. What other babysitter would convince a passing construction crew to break ground for an addition on the house, then put everything right with her irresistible combination of goodwill and lemon meringue pie? Children may need help in making sense of the wordplay ("bored meeting" for "board meeting"), but Sweat's cheerful color-washed ink drawings clarify some ideas visually, and everything is explained in the end. Recommended for beginning readers who just can't get enough of the mistress of misunderstandings. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved