From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Tanya, an eighth grader, was used to being an only child. Then her mother had quadruplets-two boys and two girls. Now neither she nor her parents get much sleep and no one has time for much of anything beyond feeding, diapering, and rocking babies. Her exhausted father loses his job for dozing at his desk. When he shows up at her class play with crying babies, he not only embarrasses Tanya but also makes her angry. She feels that her parents no longer care about her. While she is feeling sorry for herself, she has a fight with her best friend. Soon she becomes friendly with a new girl who has a very different but not necessarily better home life. Written in diary format, this book tackles many of the feelings of an adolescent girl. Readers will be able to sympathize with Tanya as she comes to grips with change and learns to control her actions and emotions. A well-written and entertaining read.
Barb Lawler, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Tanya's mom is having quadruplets! At 9 years old, Tanya was satisfied with the status quo and says so when she writes her innermost thoughts to her diary. Everything from dirty diapers, spit-up, and problems with classmates becomes recorded history she shares with its pages. Theater-trained reader Eve Karpf, sounding like a child, does well adding dramatic pauses for emphasis. You can almost hear Tanya roll her eyes heavenward when Mom and Dad are too tired for her after the babies arrive. This rendition of life with quadruplets is believably hilarious and frustrating. Tanya eventually grows to love the babies and sees the joy they add to her family. Anyone who loves infants will enjoy this delightful and timeless tale. A.G.H. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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