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Amelia's Notebook Hardcover – February 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Amelia
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; 1St Edition edition (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416909052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416909057
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Moss (Mel's Diner) designs this upbeat, first-person story to resemble a real diary; the cover bears the familiar black-and-white abstract design of a composition book, decorated with color cartoons by Amelia, the book's nine-year-old "author." Inside, on lined pages, Amelia writes about her recent move to a new town, doodles pictures of people she meets and saves such mementos as postage stamps and a birthday candle. She misses her best friend, Nadia, but her moments of sadness are balanced by optimism-she distracts herself by drawing and by writing short stories. In appropriately conversational terms, Amelia complains that her big sister invades her privacy ("So Cleo if you are reading this right now-BUG OFF and STAY OUT"); gripes about cafeteria food ("Henna says they use dog food. I believe it!"); and jokes in classic elementary-school gross-out fashion. Readers will understand Amelia's wish to put her "top secret" thoughts on paper, and they'll notice that even though she's uneasy about attending a different school, she's starting over successfully. An on-target presentation. Ages 7-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 3^-5. Moss may have her name on the title page, but this is really Amelia's book. The feisty, make-believe nine-year-old takes on a life of her own as she writes and draws her feelings about moving, starting a new school, and making new friends (some antagonism toward her older sister, Cleo, who "picks her nose with her little finger," sneaks in as well). A colorful riot of childlike drawings and lots of hand-printed text spill every which way across the pages. Both the language and the art style are on target for the age group--Amelia is droll and funny and not too sophisticated for her years; she's also poignant and real as she longs for her "far-away" friend and takes tentative steps to find one close by. Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Marissa Moss has been telling stories and drawing pictures to go with them for as long as she can remember. She sent her first book to publishers when she was nine, but it wasn't very good and it never got published. She didn't try again until she was a grown-up, but since then she hasn't stopped.

The idea for the first Amelia's Notebook came from the notebook Moss kept when she was a kid. Amelia is a lot like her and the things that happen to Amelia really happened to Marissa (mostly).

Along with Amelia, Moss has created many characters and is especially drawn to history. Historical books allows her to imagine what it's like to be alive in a different place at a completely different time. And then there are the Max Disaster books which allow her to play with scientific experiments, inventions, and comic strips.

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An easy win due to the sharp writing and clever doodles.
Becky
In short, I would highly recommend getting this book for any child to get them into reading and writing.
M. Cole
When I was in elementary school (in the 90's), I read this book.
Rosa A Agosto

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most real books I've read in a long time! I can actually relate to it. Some people say it is not good for your kids. That is how kids are at that age, it's something they can relate to. They will not feel so alone. I wish she would just write TEN more books so I could read them all!!!!!!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
Amelia's Notebook was great!! I love the drawings
and the stuff she writes with it. She's a really
great author. I've read her others and they are
good too. So, what I'm trying to say basically
is either get the book or borrow it. I highly
recommend it. It's probably best for girls 7 - 16.
Great for all girls. Ages as follows.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
My daughter started third grade this year and for the first time is supposed to read silently by herself for a minimum of 15 minutes per night. She was a little intimidated by this since we have always read together, so she started out by picking simple picture books that were way beneath her reading level. I bought this book on a whim to try and get her interested in reading something more age appropriate, and she was immediately entranced. The illustrations are wonderful, and the story is perfect for drawing in young readers. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book was a scream! It not only has hilarious tales about Amelia's life, but it has excellent illustrations. Amelia writes about moving to a new place, dealing with her older sister, and the task of finding a new friend.

Trying to get students to write about their feelings is one of the hardest jobs I have had as a teacher. Students can associate with Amelia and her emotions.

Use this book to get students to write!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Takezo Kensei on September 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Many years ago, when I was still in elementary school, I read "Amelia's Notebook" for the first time. I must have been around the same age as the character, and I remember being able to relate to her a lot. I'm almost 17 years old, now, and the mere mention of this book or any of it's successors brings a smile to my face and a flood of happy memories, many of them memories of a simpler time in my life. Part of me wishes I could go back to that time, be immortalized like the entries in Amelia's notebook, alas, we all have to grow up, and I'm getting off topic. These books are very funny, they are sharp and honest, brilliant and human, unlike numerous books written for children in the perspective of a child, this one stays true to the target audience. I know for myself, I definitely had a few things in common with Amelia at age 9, and Marissa Moss did well, keeping the first-person accounts sounding more or less like a 9 year old girl, but not putting the character into a one-dimensional, overdone stereotype of girls Amelia's age. Amelia, as well as her friends, teachers, mom, and horror story of a sister, Cleo, are full of personality, every character sounding like they could be an actual person, and indeed, perhaps you know or will meet someone who reminds you of Amelia, Nadia, Mr. Nudle, Leah, or even Cleo! This book series also inspired me to write and draw, just as the Captain Underpants books inspired me to make comics. I've had notebooks ever since I can remember, writing anything that I thought was worth writing in them, and I think these books had a hand in that. My best friend read the books, and I remember, for a while we were both hog-wild about notebooks. I haven't written in a notebook in a while, but after writing this review, I think I'll try and pick it up again.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
Amelia's Notebook is a great book. It is about a nine-year-old girl named Amelia. Her mother gave Amelia a notebook to record her thoughts in. In this notebook, Amelia writes all sorts of things like: her family (especially her older sister, Cleo), her friends, and Amelia draws pictures in her notebook. When her family has to move, Amelia writes about her trip and leaving her best friend. I recommend this book to girls ages 9-12. I hope you read it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Historical Writer on February 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is my all time favorite Amelia book. I especially like her doodles of cafeteria food in her new school and her dumb sister Chloe and her nice friend, Nadia. This is the best book. I've read it again and again. I recommend it to anyone who likes to laugh. Some other diarys which are good are THE DIARY OF A SLAVE GIRL, RUBY JO, THE DIARY OF PATIENCE WHIPPLE, and one boy diary called THE JOURNAL OF LEROY JONES.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NaturalBeauty on April 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I grew up reading every last one of these books, they are simply amazing! 12 years later I still want to read them again. I love how there are little side notes and drawings that are random. The book is so creative. I want to buy all of the books again (since I lost mine after all these years)
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