From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4–When Emma's mother loses her job, the third grader has to leave private school, and they move to a new neighborhood. Then Anthony, the four-year-old son of her mother's friend, comes to stay for a week. To Emma, he's just one big annoyance. She makes friends with Cynthia, also an only child, whom she is eager to please for fear of losing the relationship. When Cynthia invites Emma to sleep over, her mom gives her the option of asking her friend to their house instead, because of Anthony. Emma can't imagine that Cynthia would like the boy, but she is in for a surprise–about her friend and about herself. The black-and-white illustrations are charming, and thumbnail sidebars present fun scientific facts about animals mentioned in the story. Though nothing in this early chapter book is new in a field saturated with "Amber Brown," "Junie B. Jones," and "Judy Moody" books, it holds its own. Emma is a likable character whose feelings and behaviors are common to many children. A sequel is planned.–Linda Zeilstra Sawyer, Skokie Public Library, IL
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Gr. 2-4. Emma McGraw is having a tough time. She is the new kid in school and has just moved to a new apartment. Her best friend, Cynthia, is mad at her. Her only-child world has been invaded by a peanut-butter-smelling crybaby named Anthony Scarpetto, who is staying with the McGraws while his parents are out of town. To add insult to injury, her mom seems to love having Anthony around! Luckily, this dynamic, animal-obsessed eight-year-old dives headfirst--sometimes gracefully and sometimes not--into each new challenge and emerges with a fresh perspective. A natural for fans of the Amber Brown and Judy Moody books, this middle-grade series debut features a boxy trim size, charming ink-and-wash drawings, and animal facts scattered throughout the accessible text. The second installment of Emma's adventures, Weirdo Emma!,
is planned for fall 2005. Jennifer LockeCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved