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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Corgi (February 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552547557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552547550
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.2 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Jennifer Jones sits at the desk adjacent to the boy narrator, and her unrelenting, goo-goo-eyed ardor leaves him wishing "she could move to the jungle/ And live in a tree/ And talk to the monkeys/ Instead of to me." But when Jennifer moves to Europe instead-and, according to her letters, becomes the toast of the continent-the boy finds that the world is a much lonelier place. Losing himself in schoolwork is futile: "It's boring! It's lonely!/ I miss her a lot./ I wish she'd return/ To her usual spot." Wishinsky's (previously teamed with Layton for Nothing Scares Us) pithy rhymes spark Layton's pleasingly dizzying cartoons. His scratchy ink line brings a comic spontaneity and edginess to every scene, and succinctly conveys the boy's emotional writhing at the very thought of being the object of Jennifer's crush. Marginalia, clip art and photograph collages (Layton draws Jennifer on top of photos taken in various capital cities, savoring the pleasures of Europe) punctuate the pages and add a goofily alluring visual depth. As for Jennifer's true love, it finally does conquer all: when she sends notice that she's returning home, the boy runs out to buy a plethora of red hearts. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-Percy can't get away from Jennifer Jones, who, as it is noted in the title, won't leave him alone. Through rhyming verse, he describes all the ways she shows how much she likes him, while he is totally turned off by her attention. When Jennifer's mother is transferred to Europe and the girl moves away, Percy mopes and misses her, and is delighted when he learns that she is returning home. However, his excitement does not really ring true-he has spent most of the book, after all, complaining about her. It is not clear whether he misses Jennifer Jones or the attention she bestows upon him. The illustrations are frenetic and cluttered, composed of childlike cartoons combined with some collages. The cartoons are stiff and unlifelike, almost resembling paper dolls. Don Gillmor's Yuck, a Love Story (Stoddart, 2000) is a much more successful story of a first crush.
Susan Marie Pitard, formerly at Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I just fell in LOVE with it and had to buy it for myself!
J. Blackburn
(His words) I think the story is incredibly cute and also wonderful if there is a Jennifer Jones in your life as there is in mine.
Tracie Jones
It's perfect for kindergarten through early elementary kids.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Blackburn on February 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I came across this book while volunteering at a childrens book fair. I just fell in LOVE with it and had to buy it for myself! I have no children, but have read it to my nieces and they loved it too! I am proud to have this 'childrens book' on my bookshelf!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Perry on September 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I came across this book at a consignment store and bought it for $1 without even reading it as my hands were full. One of my best friends is named "Jennifer Jones" so I couldn't walk past without picking it up. Originally I planned to send it to her, but it's just such a cute little rhyming story with a nice rhythm to it that I don't want to give it up! My 6 month old seems to enjoy the illustrations as much as I do. Instead of passing on my $1 copy I came here to order my bestie a brand new one! I think it'll make her day. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By no name on January 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
My children love this book and so do I. The little boy's reactions to Jennifer's amorous advances and then to her absence seem realistic and are very endearing. Another cute "kissing" book to check out is "The Good-night Kiss" by Astrid Mola.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is perfect for young children and the young at heart. Adults will love it as much as their children. I read it with first and second graders. They sympathized with the narrator's "Ewww, a girl LIKES me" feelings, and they giggled when he changed his mind. Boys and girls had different reactions over whether or not the narrator should tell his friends of his change of heart.
In a time when children would rather turn on the TV than listen to a good story, this one won over the crowd. They even asked me to "Read it again!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Behner on February 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
So disappointed to give this book a 1 star, because I love this book but the kindle version didn't format correctly and is all messed up, luckily I print copy in my classroom because my students love it. To bad I wasted 7$ on this....unfortunate
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