From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3–Emily puts a great deal of thought into where shes going to sit on the bus. So discombobulated is she by the sudden appearance of a new, smaller vehicle one morning that she forgets to grab her lunch bag when shes getting off. When she gets to school and realizes her mistake, classmate Vincetta Louise sends her into an unnecessary panic over what will happen. Emilys irritation with the spunky girl begins to fade, though, when she helps Emily out of a sticky spot and shares her talent for drawing. The text provides a solid bridge from beginning readers to chapter books. Like the black-and-white illustrations, this gentle read is warm and smooth around the edges. This title wont be a hot ticket, but it will find its audience in larger collections.–Adrienne Furness, Webster Public Library, NY
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Already unhappy about her new, smaller school bus and dismayed that she has left her sparkly new lunch bag on the bus seat, quiet Emily becomes upset when loud-mouthed classmate Vincetta Louise informs her "You're
going to get a ticket from Mr. Marvin." She thinks its some sort of punishment, when, in fact, it's a slip to charge her lunch. Worry, relief, disappointment, and gratitude are just a few of Emily's emotions as she copes with second grade, but an unexpected development makes it all seem worthwhile. The many black-and-white illustrations convey the characters' feelings clearly through facial expressions and body language, while the story reflects primary-grade concerns in a simple way. A good choice for readers new to chapter books . . and second grade. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved