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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3 Amelia Bedelia always does exactly what people tell her to do, so when her employer says he wishes she would run for the mayor's office, she dashes down to city hall. Although Amelia never meant to do anything more than literally run to the office, an encounter with the mayor and a reporter soon has her in the thick of a political campaign. Such literal mindedness is what gives Amelia her charm, and there are plenty of instances of humorous confusion in this latest installment in the series. If not quite to the level of the original titles written by Peggy Parish, the author's nephew does a satisfactory job of carrying on the traditions of wordplay and wacky complications that have made Amelia Bedelia such a beloved character. Readers will recognize Sweat's watercolor and black-pen illustrations from the earlier books. Most libraries should find this title to be a popular selection. Melissa Hudak, Northern Illinois Medical Center, McHenry, IL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The nephew of the original Amelia Bedelia creator, Peggy Parish, continues his mission to keep the literal-minded housekeeper alive for today's children. In this, his third effort, Amelia Bedelia runs for the mayor's office (literally) after Mr. Rogers, her employer, complains that the mayor never does what he says he will do. This story offers more typical Amelia Bedelia fun as she throws her hat in the ring and promises to fill all the potholes, because, after all, you can't cook in pots with holes. After shaping up the mayor, Amelia Bedelia goes back to her zany life at the Rogers' house, but not without teaching kids something important about campaigning: mainly to listen to what people are really saying. As always, Lynn Sweat's energetic art suits nicely. Kathy Broderick --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: I Can Read Book 2
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (June 5, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064443094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064443098
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Herman Parish was in the fourth grade when his aunt, Peggy Parish, wrote the first book about Amelia Bedelia. The lovable, literal-minded housekeeper has been a member of his family ever since. Peggy Parish died in 1988. She would be proud and delighted to know that with Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia; Bravo, Amelia Bedelia!; Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor and now Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia, her nephew is carrying on -- for a new generation of readers -- the tradition she began years ago.

In His Own Words... "In true Amelia Bedelia fashion, I backed into writing these books about the literal-minded housekeeper who children laugh at and love. Amelia Bedelia was created by my aunt, Peggy Parish. Although she passed away in 1988, Peggy still received fan mail from children. They wondered when the next Amelia Bedelia book would be out. Then other children's authors wrote and volunteered to continue the series. I felt uneasy about Amelia Bedelia leaving our family. As I was in the fourth grade when she first appeared, I had literally grown up with her. So I decided to try to write a new Amelia Bedelia adventure. My two sisters and my family were very supportive and encouraged me. I'd had experience in writing advertisements. I reread the Amelia Bedelia stories to figure out what made them funny. I realized that everyday life overflows with idiomatic expressions, literalisms, and homophones. It's amazing more people don't get confused-besides Amelia Bedelia! My first book, Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia, took me a year to think about and one night to write. I had been collecting ideas, homonyms, and expressions. Whenever I heard them, I jotted them down: on napkins in restaurants, on my newspaper while riding the bus, and on agenda sheets in business meetings.

I stockpiled these fragments in a folder until one Sunday night, with my family asleep, I decided that it was now or never. I sat down around ten o'clock and began to write. I was so focused on the story that I finished as the sun came up on Monday morning. Naturally, the story needed revision, but the essence was captured in that all-night writing spree.

I am fortunate that my editor, Susan Hirschman, and the illustrator, Lynn Sweat, had worked with Peggy on many Amelia Bedelia books. That helped make the transition from Peggy's books to mine as seamless as possible.

I feel very lucky to be writing Amelia Bedelia books and continuing a family tradition. But the best reward was when a child wrote Peggy Parish a fan letter. It said that Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia is the best book she has written. To me, that's the highest compliment I could hope for."

Customer Reviews

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 1999
Format: Library Binding
All of the Amelia Bedelia books are wonderful, past and present. Her nephew has done an outstanding job keeping up the memory of the true Amelia Bedelia. I hope he continues in his inspirational work.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Key on July 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This was an informative book which discussed the political system,the qualifications and requirements needed to be mayor. It used lots of political terms in a humorous manner. Backwards Amelia made learning the political sysytem interesting with the play on words. Note to teachers: This is a great tool to teach social studies and figurative language.A mock election could be done.
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Format: Paperback
I read this to my girls ages 9, 6, and 5. They are interested in the local election because a relative is running for office. So, I checked out books from the library related to elections and this was one of them. We are not very familiar with the Amelia Bedelia series. I knew it was popular, so I read it aloud, lively, expecting my kids would love it. But, they didn't. Not one laugh, snicker, or even a single sign that they realized these were puns. Nothing. I almost didn't finish it. As one reviewer said, Amelia almost seems stupid. If I had not read the other reviews here which state this Amelia is not like the original Amelia, I would never bother to read another in this series.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1999
Format: Library Binding
I grew up reading and loving the Amelia Bedelia books. It was a very sad day when Peggy Parish died.

It was an even sadder day when her nephew Herman Parish got it into his head to continue the series. His efforts are uninspired and forced. Amelia just seems dumb in his books. In the originals she was a sweet bumbler.

Definitely stick with the early books in the series!
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A Kid's Review on April 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
Aunt and nephew's works never appealed to me. In this silly installment, the well-fed Rogers continue giving Amelia instructions which she keeps taking literally. One such suggestion has her running for mayor and the results are worse than stupid. Too bad she didn't bake something for the mayor.
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This is one of the better efforts by the nephew of the late author. Neither the story and especially the illustrations lack the feel of the
originals. This book is a good read and useful> If it were not a spinoff I could rate it higher. It is closer to the original than later spinoffs.
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What a super way for young readers to learn about word play and get a bit of an introduction to the world of government!

Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor is a cute book in this amazing series of laugh-out-loud stories sure to whet your child's appetite for more reading!

Lots of fun here!
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