From Publishers Weekly
Newbery Medalist Konigsburg ( From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler ), who featured her grandson, Samuel Todd, in two prior picture books, here names her heroine after her granddaughter. Youngsters may miss the irony of the title, since Amy Elizabeth--a Houston resident who is staying with her grandmother in Manhattan--never does make it to Bloomingdale's. Though they repeatedly plan to visit "the most famous store in the world," the duo gets sidetracked by some of the city's other attractions, including Chinatown, the Empire State Building, the Carnegie Deli and a Broadway musical. Amy Elizabeth's rambling, first-person narrative is chatty and entertaining, even if she doesn't always speak in credible, age-appropriate jargon--"I am a child who enjoys a good pickle." Konigsburg's large-scale, characteristically realistic color pictures, together with black-and-white panels similar to film frames, offer a vivid portrait of a distraction-filled city--and a most affectionate relationship between grandmother and granddaughter. Ages 4-8.
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About the Author
is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and be runner-up in the same year. In 1968, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth
was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View From Saturday
. She has also written and illustrated three picture books: Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Colors
, Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Inventions
, and Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale’s
. In 2000 she wrote Silent to the Bone
, which was named a New York Times
Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, among many other honors.
After completing her degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Konigsburg did graduate work in organic chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. For several years she taught science at a private girls’ school. When the third of her three children started kindergarten, she began to write. She now lives on the beach in North Florida.